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Health Freedom Ohio advocates often meet and build genuine relationships with legislators and testify before committees on key legislation to proactively preserve our fundamental right to health freedom.

The willingness and passion to educate, combined with the humility of knowing that advocating for what is right is a learning experience deserving of mutual respect and recognition, are key to successful engagements with those who have the capability to impact current and future legislation. 

You also have the power to make such impact by showing up in truth and letting your voice be heard. Contact us today if you are interested in becoming an active voice in preserving health freedom. Find your Legislator here: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislators/district-maps

Below you will find current legislation we are supporting or opposing.

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134th General Assembly, 2021-2022 - Ohio

A legislative session lasts two years in Ohio. Any bill introduced has to pass through the House, the Senate and be signed into law by the Governor by the end of December 2022.

We have very little time to make a BIG difference, which is why your voice matters! We are busy working behind the scenes, but rest assured coming soon we will feature legislation related to health freedom in Ohio and announce time sensitive calls to action. Please check back often or follow us on Facebook for updates.

LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERTS

Senate Bill (SB22) has all testimony/sub bill/possible vote scheduled for Tuesday, March 9th @ 9:00 a.m. in room 116.

We are optimistic that the sub bill will incorporate components of HB90 to strengthen the language of SB 22. 

SB 22 establishes legislative oversight of the Governor's executive orders and certain public health orders, including by establishing the Ohio Health Oversight and Advisory Committee.

  • Permits the General Assembly to rescind orders and rules issued by the Governor of Ohio or Department of Health (ODH). 

  • Establishes the Ohio Health Oversight and Advisory Committee, and grants the Committee the power to rescind certain orders and rules issued by the Governor and ODH.

  • Limits the duration of a public health state of emergency to 30 days unless extended by the General Assembly.

  • During a public health state of emergency, requires the Governor and ODH to report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives any actions taken in response to the emergency.

  • Subjects existing orders and rules issued by the Governor or ODH to review and rescission by the General Assembly and the Committee.

Bill text:

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-22

For tips on advocacy, please visit:

https://healthfreedomohio.org/Advocacy-Portal

---> Please call members of the committee and ask them to support Sub SB 22:

https://www.ohiohouse.gov/committees/state-and-local-government

“Hello Representative _________, my name is _____________ and I am a concerned citizen in Ohio calling to ask for your support of Sub SB22. The overreaching orders issued over the last several months by the Governor and the Health Director have affected me/my family in the following ways ________. Ohio needs checks and balances by giving the legislature the ability to rescind these orders.”

We would like to encourage anyone who submitted testimony for SB 22 when it was being heard in the Senate to amend your testimony with the proper headings and submit to the House State and Local Government Committee to show body of support.

Your testimony heading should read “Chairman Wiggam, Vice Chair John, Ranking Member Kelly and honorable members of the State and Local Government Committee: Thank you for considering my proponent testimony on Senate Bill 22…”

---> If you will be providing official written or verbal testimony for the bill, please email your testimony and completed witness form to:

For SB 22:

rep01@ohiohouse.gov

Witness slip:

https://www.ohiohouse.gov/files/committees/accessible-witness-information-form.docx

Be sure to include in the subject line “SB 22 Proponent Testimony”. Indicate in the body of the email if you will be provided written or in person verbal testimony. Written and Verbal testimony submission is due 24 hours prior to the hearing.

Tips for Verbal/Written Testimony

  • The heading of your testimony should include your name, your position and number of the bill, the name of the committee, and the date.

  • You should begin your testimony by addressing the chairman, vice-chair, ranking member and the honorable members of the committee and thanking them for allowing you to submit testimony. 

  • Explain how the unilateral orders issued by the Governor and Health Director have affected you/your family. Tell YOUR story. How has this affected you and those around you personally? Why do you think SB 22 will help improve your situation? Make it personal.

  • Close by asking them to vote “yes” on SB 22.

Ideally verbal testimony should be kept to 3 minutes. 

  • First 30 seconds:

    • name, organization you are representing or if you are representing yourself

    • thank the committee for an opportunity to testify on the bill

    • your position on the bill

  • Next 30 seconds: your story

  • Next 1:30 seconds: make 3 strong points in favor or in opposition of your position

  • Last 30 seconds:

    • strong close

    • ask for their yes or no vote

  • If members of the committee ask you questions during your testimony, it is proper etiquette to first address the chairman, then the legislator asking the question and thank them for the question. For example, you would say “through the chair, representative, thank you for your question,” and then answer the question.

---> Additional steps you can take, contact your House Representative if he or she is not a sponsor/cosponsor of the bill and ask to set up an in-person meeting with them in YOUR district, not at the Statehouse in Columbus. Inviting him or her to lunch is a good strategy. Meet either 1 on 1 with your House Representative or 2 on 1 (you can bring a buddy). If you cannot meet in person, send a hand-written letter explaining your situation and ask for a response. You can get creative and send photos to make it even more personal so they have a face to put with your name. Tell him or her how you have been personally affected by the governor's overreach into your personal life and why you think this bill will help reign in the governor's abuse of power by ensuring the legislature has a voice. Ask your House Representative to speak up for this bill in caucus, then follow up with your Representative on whatever he or she promises to do.

Find your House Representative here:

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov


For perspective please review the various states and their power delegation when it comes to emergency orders, note Ohio is one of the worst:



"VermontWashingtonOhio and Hawaii are among the worst-ranking states because they bestow on their governors the sole authority to determine when and where an emergency exists, and when an emergency ceases to exist."


Source:

https://mainepolicy.org/project/emergency-powers/

Help needed to push House Bill 90!

Please call and email Speaker Cupp and respectfully ask him to move HB 90! We need this bill to move out of committee and onto the House floor. HB90 has shown to have tremendous support from Ohioans, business owners, and many elected members of government.

Speaker Robert Cupp (R-Lima)
rep04@ohiohouse.gov
77 South High Street
14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 466-9624

HB 90 establishes legislative oversight of the Governor's executive orders, certain public health orders, and emergency rules, including by establishing the Ohio Health Oversight and Advisory Committee.

  • Permits the General Assembly to rescind orders and emergency declarations issued by the Governor and certain orders issued by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and to invalidate emergency rules adopted by any state agency. 
  • Terminates certain executive orders after 30 days unless extended by the General Assembly. 
  • Establishes the Ohio Health Oversight and Advisory Committee, and grants the Committee the power to rescind certain orders and rules issued by the Governor, ODH, and other agencies. 
  • Limits the duration of a state of emergency to 30 days unless extended by the General Assembly. 
  • Limits the duration of emergency rules issued by an agency in response to a public health state of emergency to 30 days unless extended by the General Assembly. 
  • During a public health state of emergency, requires the Governor and ODH to report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives any actions taken in response to the emergency. 
  • Subjects existing orders and emergency declarations issued by the Governor and certain existing orders and rules issued by ODH to review and rescission by the General Assembly and the Committee. 
  • Terminates existing executive orders issued by the Governor, certain existing orders and rules issued by ODH, and rules adopted, amended, or rescinded by a state agency on an emergency basis, in response to a public health state of emergency 30 days after the bill’s effective date unless extended by the General Assembly.

Recent amendments have generalized the limits to apply to other sections of Ohio Revised Code under which the governor and Department of Health were claiming powers, automatic expiration of any rule or order after 30 days (with legislature authority to extend the order), prohibits any restrictions from extending beyond 30 days, allows lawsuits to stay within county of origin (versus having to be tried in Franklin County), and adds attorney fees for prevailing parties.

Bill text:
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-HB-90

For tips on advocacy, please visit:
https://healthfreedomohio.org/Advocacy-Portal

Sample script:

“Hello Speaker Cupp, my name is _____________ and I am a concerned citizen in Ohio calling to ask for your support of HB90 and to ensure it moves quickly. The overreaching orders issued over the last several months by the Governor and the Health Director have affected me/my family in the following ways ________. Ohio needs checks and balances by giving the legislature the ability to rescind these orders. We need HB90 passed as soon as possible to help alleviate the many harms done to Ohio’s citizens, businesses, and economy.”

Read more about HB90.


SB 22 - Support

SB 22 establishes legislative oversight of the Governor's executive orders and certain public health orders, including by establishing the Ohio Health Oversight and Advisory Committee.

  • Permits the General Assembly to rescind orders and rules issued by the Governor or Ohio Department of Health (ODH). 
  • Establishes the Ohio Health Oversight and Advisory Committee, and grants the Committee the power to rescind certain orders and rules issued by the Governor and ODH.
  • Limits the duration of a public health state of emergency to 30 days unless extended by the General Assembly.
  • During a public health state of emergency, requires the Governor and ODH to report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives any actions taken in response to the emergency.
  • Subjects existing orders and rules issued by the Governor or ODH to review and rescission by the General Assembly and the Committee.

Bill text:

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-SB-22


Please contact the House State and Local Government Committee and ask them to support SB22:


Contact the State and Local Government Committee


Senate proponent testimony February 3, 2021

Senate opponent testimony February 10, 2021

Passed Senate February 17, 2021

House all testimony March 9, 2021

Read the testimonies here:

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-committee-documents?id=GA134-SB-22

HB 90 - Support

HB 90 establishes legislative oversight of the Governor's executive orders, certain public health orders, and emergency rules, including by establishing the Ohio Health Oversight and Advisory Committee.

  • Permits the General Assembly to rescind orders and emergency declarations issued by the Governor and certain orders issued by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and to invalidate emergency rules adopted by any state agency. 
  • Terminates certain executive orders after 30 days unless extended by the General Assembly. 
  • Establishes the Ohio Health Oversight and Advisory Committee, and grants the Committee the power to rescind certain orders and rules issued by the Governor, ODH, and other agencies. 
  • Limits the duration of a state of emergency to 30 days unless extended by the General Assembly. 
  • Limits the duration of emergency rules issued by an agency in response to a public health state of emergency to 30 days unless extended by the General Assembly. 
  • During a public health state of emergency, requires the Governor and ODH to report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives any actions taken in response to the emergency. 
  • Subjects existing orders and emergency declarations issued by the Governor and certain existing orders and rules issued by ODH to review and rescission by the General Assembly and the Committee. 
  • Terminates existing executive orders issued by the Governor, certain existing orders and rules issued by ODH, and rules adopted, amended, or rescinded by a state agency on an emergency basis, in response to a public health state of emergency 30 days after the bill’s effective date unless extended by the General Assembly.

Bill text:

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA134-HB-90


Please contact the House State and Local Government Committee and ask them to support HB90.


Contact the House State and Local Government Committee


Proponent Testimony February 17, 2021

Opponent Testimony February 24, 2021

Read Testimonies here:

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-committee-documents?id=GA134-HB-90

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