HB 65


Health Freedom Ohio is Watching HB 65

According to HB65 “If the department of job and family services (ODJFS) determines that a child day-care center, type A family day-care home, or licensed type B family day-care home has created a serious risk to the health or safety of a child receiving care in the center or home, the licensee shall notify the caretaker parent of each child receiving care in the center or home of the department's determination.”

You can read the full bill here.

There are no guidelines for determining what constitutes a serious health risk and leaves this discretion solely to ODJFS. Without limitations or definitions of what constitutes a serious risk to health or safety HB65 seeks to hand over that authority to an unelected and unaccountable government agency. With the recent declaration by World Health Organisation (WHO) that vaccine hesitancy is a world health threat to be dealt with in 2019, we are concerned that ODJFS, if given total control over what constitutes a "serious health threat", will require all daycare providers who accept children that are not up to date according to ORC 5104.014 to send scathing letters to all parents notifying them of the alleged "health threat". Sweeping power like this is dangerous to privacy, parental rights, and health sovereignty. ODJFS has shown it cannot be trusted by recently side-stepping vaccination exemptions found in ORC 5104.014 via an administration code change in 2016.

Please call members of the House Health Committee and ask them to amend HB65 to include specific definitions of what is a serious health and safety risk.

House Health Committee:

Derek Merrin - Chair


Phone (614) 466-1731  

Fax      (614) 719-6946 

Don Manning - Vice Chair


Phone (614) 466-6107 

Fax      (614) 719-3959

Janine R. Boyd - Ranking Member


Phone (614) 644-5079  

Fax      (614) 719-0009

Niraj J. Antani


Phone (614) 466-6504  

Fax      (614) 466-6966

Jim Butler


Phone (614) 644-6008  

Fax      (614) 719-3591


Sara P. Carruthers


Phone (614) 644-6721  

Fax      (614) 719-6954

Randi Clites


Phone (614) 466-2004  

Fax      (614) 719-3968 

Timothy E. Ginter


Phone (614) 466-8022  

Fax      (614) 719-6971 

Candice Keller


Phone (614) 644-5094  

Fax      (614) 719-6953 

Sarah LaTourette


Phone (614) 644-5088  

Fax      (614) 719-6998

Michele Lepore-Hagan


Phone (614) 466-9435  

Fax      (614) 719-3960

Scott Lipps 


Phone (614) 644-6023  

Fax      (614) 719-3589

Beth Liston


Phone (614) 644-6030  

Fax      (614) 719-6960 

Phil Plummer 


Phone (614) 644-8051  

Fax      (614) 719-3590

Mark J. Romanchuk


Phone (614) 466-5802  

Fax      (614) 719-3973 

Allison Russo 


Phone (614) 466-8012  

Fax      (614) 719-0007

Terrence Upchurch 


Phone (614) 466-7954 

Fax      (614) 719-0010

Thomas West 


Phone (614) 466-8030 

Fax      (614) 719-6952 

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