The new Assembly is now fully engaged in the work of considering legislation and will soon be having full voting sessions. As of Feb 19, 2019
Bills we are tracking:
House Bill 60--This legislation will exempt from sales taxation infant and toddler diapers. This can benefit pro-life groups who have material assistance programs, as it might encourage more donations. Introduced by Representatives Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) and Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati), the bill has been assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee, where it is receiving its first hearing (sponsor testimony) this week.
House Bill 68--The House version of the Heartbeat Bill is assigned to the House Health Committee, chaired by Rep. Derrick Merrin (R-Waterville). Sponsors Representatives Ron Hood (R-Ashville) and Candice Keller (R-Middletown) obtained 50 cosponsors on the measure, the number needed for securing floor passage. It is a companion bill to Senate Bill 23.
Senate Bill 11-The sexual orientation/gender identity and expression (SOGI) protection bill has been introduced by Senator Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood). The bill requires, among its provisions, a mandate on all primary and secondary schools in Ohio to teach programs about "discrimination" against sexual orientation/gender identity and the "origins of discrimination", which likely will be a direct attack against the teachings of the Christian church. A "statement" at the end of the bill regarding religious exemption protection in the bill is trumped by a statutory provision earlier in the legislation declaring that the SOGI provisions of the bill takes precedence over any other conflicting law, which in effect eliminates those religious exemptions.
Senate Bill 23--The Senate version of the Heartbeat Bill has been introduced by Senator Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) along with 19 Senate cosponsors. It has been assigned to the Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee, which held sponsor testimony last week, with supporter/proponent testimony this week (and 32 people signed up to testify, including representatives from the Catholic Medical Association and the Charlotte Lozier Institute). The committee chairman Senator Dave Burke (R-Marysville) has announced a proposed schedule of opponent testimony and amendments on Feb. 26th and open testimony (all sides) and possible vote on March 5th.
Senate Bill 27--The fetal remains dignity bill had been reintroduced by Senator Joe Uecker (R-Clermont County) and assigned to the Senate Health Committee. The bill would require the humane disposal of the bodies of children slaughtered by abortion, ensuring they don't wind up in landfills. The mother (or the provider if the mother doesn't choose) would have to choose burial or cremation, and a form would have to accompany each set of remains to the funeral home or crematoria. This form also has to be submitted to the Department of Health, which will make tracking and auditing much easier.
New Mexico House Bill 90 was introduced by Deborah Armstrong (Dem) to legalize assisted suicide. The bill is referred to as The Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Options Act. Since HB 90 does not have a residency requirement and it allows assisted suicide to be approved via telemedicine, if legalized, Bill HB 90 will allow suicide tourism and in practice legalize assisted suicide in all 50 US States.
Assisted suicide is always dangerous and should never be legal because it enables one person to be involved with causing the death of another person with lethal drugs.