FRIDAY 5 - June 5, 2020
Barry Sheets
Legislative Consultant
June 5, 2020

Our country and our communities are going through upheaval
over many things we have taken for granted
that have been displeasing to God. 

May we pray for Peace, and for helping our neighbors understand
the continued slaughter of the unborn cries out for justice as well.
1. More activity without accomplishment:  The Ohio House passed an amendment in a measure,  SB 31 , which would put parameters around the Covid-19 “contact tracing” program envisioned by Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton. The amendment would prohibit the Governor or state or local agency from requiring participation in a contact tracing program; would require the written consent of an individual to be contact traced; protect the data that is collected from a consenting individual under HIPPA privacy rules, and it would prohibit penalties, especially the withholding of medical treatment, from being imposed upon individuals who choose not to participate in the program. The amended bill passed the Ohio House on a straight party-line vote of 59-34. However, the Ohio Senate, ignoring the request of the sponsor of the bill, Senator Kristina Roegner, to adopt the House changes, chose on a 21-12 vote to reject the protections for Ohio citizens from an invasive government program. Twelve Republican Senators  joined  the nine-member Democrat caucus in voting against these protections.
2. Some very good news this week, coming from Texas  – A Pro-Life law that has documented proof it is saving babies:
Ohio has a similar safe-haven law, and this  resource  shows the laws in all 50 states. This is a great option for helping to keep babies from being slaughtered from abortion when the birth parent doesn’t believe they have the capacity to
care for a child.
3. The “Show Me” state may need to change its name to the “Shame on Me” state
It appears that Slaughter Incorporated (Planned Parenthood) has used its legal muscle once again to get a facility with a track record of harming women re-licensed. Is it time yet for Pro-Life advocates to decide that laws just regulating these pits isn’t protecting babies and decide it’s time to move on laws (like the
Life at Conception Act ) to make abortion as a practice illegal?
4.  Dr. Amy Acton’s past may be prologue:   Our friends at Operation Rescue have put forward an interesting question, based upon conversations with the mother of Ohio’s acting Director of Health, which may explain more clearly the actions of this appointee of Governor DeWine in the last few months. There is always more than one side to every story.  To be clear, we are not taking sides on this question, but the article does lend to possibly asking more questions of our Governor’s choice of personnel.
5. The House Insurance Committee is holding hearings on HB 679,  which would expand telemedicine coverage in Ohio. RTLACO is working to ensure the expansion of telemedicine options does not mean expansion of abortion in Ohio.  Please, Pray we will be able to work with sponsors and the committee to provide language to keep Ohio’s abortion locations from being able to generate even more business.


Each installment of the Friday Five will bring thumbnail profiles
of key policymakers and committees. 
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit— Senior Judge Ronald Lee Gilman. Gilman, an attorney from Tennessee, was nominated to the Sixth Circuit by President Bill Clinton on July 16, 1997.  On November 6, 1997, Gilman was confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 98-1, with the lone senator voting against him being Lauch Faircloth of North Carolina.  He took senior status on November 21, 2010. Senior Judge Gilman attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1964 and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics. In 1967, he was awarded a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Gilman privately practiced law in Memphis, Tennessee, and became a professor at the University of Memphis School of Law in 1980. In 1988 he became an arbitrator and mediator at the American Arbitration Association. In 1993, Gilman became an arbitrator and mediator at the National Association of Securities Dealers, serving until his appointment to the Sixth Circuit panel. An author of more than 300 decisions during his time on the Sixth Circuit, Gilman also wrote a notable opinion upholding the right of local governments (in this case county fiscal courts in Kentucky) to regulate adult-oriented businesses (strip clubs).  Gilman wrote for the unanimous appeals panel in overturning a lower court ruling that Kentucky law 'makes crystal clear that fiscal court regulation of adult entertainment establishments is permissible.' The ordinance requires that businesses providing live or recorded nude entertainment obtain licenses from Jefferson County and comply with restrictions on signs, construction and security. 
Joint Committees of the Legislature
Ohio Sunset Review Committee— the Sunset Review Committee, a panel of nine members (three from the House, (two Republicans/one Democrat) three from the Senate, three appointed by the Governor) is tasked with holding hearings and receiving testimony from various state agencies to evaluate those agencies’ usefulness, performance and effectiveness. The committee is charged to ensure that every state agency is a helpful resource to the people of Ohio and a necessary addition to the public. They also review which agencies are redundant or overlap with others and how cost-effective they are in terms of the number of employees, services they provide and administrative costs. At the end of their cycle of hearings where agencies come in to explain their necessity, a final set of recommendations will then be proposed in the form of legislation to be voted on by the full House and Senate.
The legislative members of the Committee are: House-Rep. Nino Vitale (vice-chairman), Rep. Scott Wiggam, and Representative Brigid Kelly; Senate-Senator Kristina Roegner (chair), Senator Rob McColley, and Senator Cecil Thomas. The gubernatorial appointees for this session are: Brian Perera, Assistant Vice President, State Relations, The Ohio State University Office of Government Affairs;  Jen Thrasher, Director of Boards and Commissions, Office of the Governor; and Erik Yassenoff, President, CPR Solutions, LLC, and a former councilman from Upper Arlington. The committee meets at the call of the chairman, and had been meeting weekly up until the Covid-19 situation hit. It is unclear when they might reconvene to finish their review of the hundreds of agencies, boards and commissions in Ohio’s state government.

Cleveland Right to Life is a founding member of Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio. 

The Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio is an association of metropolitan, county, and local pro-life organizations. RTLACO focuses on developing and strengthening local grass roots pro-life leadership, true representative governing for the statewide organization, a commitment to a consistent and holistic pro-life standard to evaluate both policies and elected officials/candidates, and collaborative engagement to develop priorities for action.