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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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133rd General Assembly, 2019-2020 - 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 2020.

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.

URGENT ACTION Sub SB1 and Sub SB55

Wednesday the Ohio House passed amended Senate Bills 1 and 55. 

Sub SB 1 would limit health orders to 14 days before a review by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR), but it’s likely to be amended into irrelevance or not even be heard without public pressure. SB 55 removes the penalties and reduces fines for violating ODH orders to $100. That would make it easier for businesses and individuals to decide their own risks/benefits, as has been verbalized by Governor DeWine on several occasions.

Senate President Larry Obhof has indicated he will just not hear either bill on the Senate floor. So we need to put on the pressure!

Sub SB1:

“(C)(1) No order of the department shall be effective for a period exceeding fourteen days, except with the approval of the joint committee on agency rule review, as described in section 101.36 of the Revised Code. For purposes of this division, an order is considered to be effective for a period exceeding fourteen days if the order includes an effective period that exceeds fourteen days or if the substance of the order is contained in multiple subsequently issued orders whose combined effective period exceeds fourteen days.”

“(2) The department may adopt rules under this section only in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, and the department shall not adopt an emergency rule, make an emergency amendment to a rule, or rescind a rule on an emergency basis under this section, as described in that chapter.”

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA133-SB-1

Sub SB55:

“(D) Whoever violates any rule adopted or order issued by the director of health or department of health as described in section 3701.352 of the Revised Code that relates to a pandemic shall receive a warning on a first offense and on each subsequent offense shall be fined in an amount not to exceed the maximum amount specified in section 2929.28 of the Revised Code for a minor misdemeanor.”

“(C) In the event the board of health of a city or general health district adopts a rule or issues an order under Chapter 3707. of the Revised Code that relates to a pandemic, whoever violates the rule or order shall receive a warning on a first offense and on each subsequent offense shall be fined in an amount not to exceed one hundred dollars.”

“(C) In the event the board of health of a city or general health district adopts a rule or issues an order under section 3709.20, 3709.21, or 3709.22 of the Revised Code that relates to a pandemic, whoever violates the rule or order shall receive a warning for a first offense and for each subsequent offense shall be fined in an amount not to exceed one hundred dollars.”

https://www.ohiosenate.gov/legislation/GA133-SB-55

WHAT YOU CAN DO 

Please contact your Senate President Larry Obhof to request that he give Sub SB1 and Sub SB 55 a hearing on the floor. Also contact your state senator to request that he or she support the bill as amended. 

Talking points and story ideas:

— It appears there are no checks and balances within the ORC granting the director of health the authority to make arbitrary and unilateral decisions that define a public health threat, the measures necessary to contain such threat, abatement of the measures, and how to return life to normal as much as possible. In particular, it seems our legislature can be rendered mute and impotent in matters that need considerable oversight and input to gauge their fairness and impact.

— There is already a severe burden on Ohioans and Ohio businesses. To enact harsh penalties in the midst of all that is going on, especially when due process seems to be suspended, is just too much! Excessive penalties may also discriminate against economically disadvantaged citizens, businesses without excess cash flow or savings, and minority groups (e.g., people whose primary language isn’t English).

Add your own brief story or use one of the following points to enhance the need for reduced penalties from the orders:

— FAPE/special ed services being denied (therapies starting with stringent masking requirements etc.)

— Invisible enemy versus the very visible impact

— Due process is being delayed or denied

— Convention center hospitals empty, other hospitals closing, medical staff furloughed 

— Testing center emptiness versus food bank lines 

— Big Box Businesses given preferential treatment as “essential”

— Missed medical/dental care

SAMPLE TELEPHONE CALL 

Be polite and have something handy in case you need to take notes. If you’re nervous, print out a script or bullet points.

“This is ______. [If you are a constituent, let them know!] I want [Senator Obhof or your Senator] ______ to know that I am very concerned with the powers granted to the Ohio director of health in revised code. Also, the penalties imposed by the coronavirus response via health department orders are harsh and unfair. [Tell your personal story or point of concern.] I ask that you hear both Sub Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 55 on the floor and support them both as currently amended and passed by the Ohio House.

[Consider adding:] When will these measures end? When and how will life get back to a modicum of normal? Why are the critical needs of Ohioans being relegated to the war against an invisible enemy? Can you tell me what [Senator] ___ is doing to address the issues of an unelected bureaucrat being able to suspend constitutional rights of Ohio citizens indefinitely and what can be done to save the economy, small business, and even the lives and wellbeing of all Ohio citizens?”

[Wait for answer. You may have an opportunity to have further exchanges or even answer their questions.]

Close with a genuine thanks for their time and registering your feedback.

LETTER/EMAIL TEMPLATE

Use a similar format to above but begin with “Dear Honorable [Senator] _______” and end with a closing (sincerely etc.) and your name and contact information. 


Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) 

Statehouse

1 Capitol Square

2nd Floor

Columbus, OH 43215

(614) 466-7505

sd22@ohiosenate.gov

@LarryObhof

FIND YOUR LEGISLATORS

Have your zip+4 (can be found on many pieces of mail) ready. Enter information here:

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/

Ohio Senate:

http://www.gongwer-oh.com/public/130/senstaff.pdf

HB 102 - Support

Sponsored by Representative Scott Lipps (R- District 62), this legislation seeks to expand chiropractic services as a covered benefit for Medicaid recipients. You can read the full bill here.

If you value chiropractic services, please contact members of the House Health Committee and your House Representative and ask them to vote "Yes" on HB102. If you have a personal story of how chiropractic care has benefited you please share it with them.

Contact House Health Committee

HB 132 - Support

HB132 was introduced to the Primary and Secondary Education Committee on Wednesday 4/2/2019 by State Representative Don Manning.  It requires school districts to notify parents of vaccine requirements AS WELL AS exemptions to vaccination as provided by current Ohio law ORC 3313.671. This common sense piece of legislation is pro-transparency, pro-informed consent, and pro-parental rights.

You can read the full bill here:

 https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA133-HB-132 

Please contact members of the Primary and Secondary Education Committee and your House Representative and ask them to vote "Yes" on HB132. If you have a personal story of how schools have withheld or otherwise led you to believe exemptions were not available please share it with them. Committee members need to hear from you! 

Contact Primary and Secondary Education Committee

HB 165 - Oppose

The bill would require Ohio’s Board of Education to adopt health standards based on the existing CDC Healthy Schools National Health Education Standards and implement these standards by July 1st, 2020. The bill repeals current law that prohibits the State Board of Education from adopting or revising any standards or curriculum in the area of health unless the standards, curriculum, or revisions are approved by both houses of the General Assembly through a concurrent resolution. Additionally, the bill repeals a provision that requires both the House and Senate education committees to conduct at least one public hearing on the standards, curriculum, or revisions prior to voting on the concurrent resolution. 

Bill language here.

Bill analysis here

Health Freedom Ohio Opposition Testimony here.

Please contact members of the House Primary and Secondary Education Committee and ask them to vote "No" on HB165.

Contact Primary and Secondary Education Committee

HB 268 - Support

The Medical Consumer Protection Act (HB268) prohibits an employer taking adverse action against individuals refusing to be vaccinated against any illness or disease because of a medical contraindication or for reasons of conscience, including religious beliefs. This proposed bill puts medical decision making back into the hands of the individual where it belongs.

Bill language here.

Please call the Chair of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and ask for a hearing on this bill. If you have a personal story about why this bill matters to you, please share it.

Gayle Manning (Chair)

Phone (614) 644-5076

Fax (614) 719-3957

Rep55@ohiohouse.gov

SB 121 - Oppose

The bill would require Ohio’s Board of Education to adopt health standards based on the existing CDC Healthy Schools National Health Education Standards and implement these standards by July 1st, 2020. The bill repeals current law that prohibits the State Board of Education from adopting or revising any standards or curriculum in the area of health unless the standards, curriculum, or revisions are approved by both houses of the General Assembly through a concurrent resolution, except for venereal diseases. Additionally, the bill repeals a provision that requires both the House and Senate education committees to conduct at least one public hearing on the standards, curriculum, or revisions prior to voting on the concurrent resolution.  

Link to National Health Standards, highly recommend you review them:

https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/sher/standards/index.htm

SB121 Bill analysis

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/download?key=11718&format=pdf&fbclid=IwAR1VGJC59gW0OYhDbkdUbhq4oa6EHsSWtE4W-CmwWiba9EQFPLixKajnEUk

Talking Points:

  • Removes Public Involvement (except for venereal diseases) -The bill repeals current law that prohibits the State Board of Education from adopting or revising any standards or curriculum in the area of health unless the standards, curriculum, or revisions are approved by both houses of the General Assembly through a concurrent resolution. Additionally, the bill repeals a provision that requires both the House and Senate education committees to conduct at least one public hearing on the standards, curriculum, or revisions prior to voting on the concurrent resolution. 
  • Extra legislation, No Need for the Bill –  Currently Ohio law (ORC 3313.60) requires local school districts to establish health education curriculum including nutrition, drug abuse, venereal diseases, personal safety, healthy relationships, etc.
  • Special Interest Group Influence - Special interests have an open door to influencing health standards when the public and legislative body are removed from the process. This includes comprehensive sexual education which has repeatedly failed in the legislature.
  • Government Overreach –School Districts should continue to decide and implement health standards. Parents are and will continue to be the most influential people in a child’s life and must maintain an active role in establishing health standards for their children.
  • Lack of Evidence/Presumed Health Outcomes – Proponent testimony of SB121 did not provide evidence that state established health standards reduced incidence of childhood obesity, pre-diabetes, or improved health outcomes in any of the other 49 states with established health standards. The support testimony just assumed that state established health standards would translate to better health outcomes in Ohio students. 
  • Fails to address real health concerns, such as low-quality food served by schools - Standards will not establish better health outcomes (decrease obesity, pre-diabetes, etc) without improving better access to nutrition/lunches.
  • Share your school’s lunch menu - This will illustrate the chemical laden foods provided by the schools, trading fresh healthy foods for highly processed long shelf life products. 
  • Unrealistic Expectations – Simply establishing state health standards will not address complex healthcare, socioeconomic, and food industry issues (i.e. obesity, pre-diabetes, access to nutritious foods, etc.)

This bill is currently in the Senate Education Committee. Consider viewing proponent testimony here (begins at 26 minute mark): https://ohiochannel.org/collections/ohio-senate-education-committee

Please contact members of the Senate Education Committee and ask them to vote "No" on this bill.

Contact Senate Education Committee

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