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Friday Five

Barry Sheets, Legislative Consultant
June 21, 2019

There is about a week left in the spring quarter of  the 
legislative session and the finalization of the State Budget 
is the main focus. 


1. The "omnibus" amendment to the State Budget Bill/HB 166 was adopted by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday (on a 13-0 vote of the committee). The budget was passed by the full Senate on Thursday with a unanimous 33-0 vote. The omnibus did not add further pro-life-specific provisions, but also did not remove provisions regarding funding for Pregnancy Care Centers and Risk Avoidance Education that was included in a previous amendment.  The House refused to concur in the Senate amendments, so the Bill heads to a Committee of Conference to iron out differences and present the harmonized bill to the chambers for final approval by the June 30th deadline.
2. The Primary and Secondary Education Committee  heard opponent testimony from seven people representing a wide range of concerns over HB 165,  the bill to mandate the adoption of Health Education Standards in Ohio , and to remove legislative approval of any proposed standards.  It is clear that there is little interest by the committee in moving the bill forward but we will continue to watch this bill in case there is a change.
3. There are a number of rumors on the wind on Capitol Square that there may be more than a few seat realignments in the two chambers before we reach the 2020 election cycle . More will be reported as the chess pieces move on the board. The House acted on Thursday to seat Douglas Swearingen, Jr. to the 89th District seat being vacated by current Rep. Steven Arndt at the end of July. We will have a profile on the new member later this summer.
4. The Lakewood City Council had on their agenda this week the repeal of pro-life abortion restriction regulations that have been in place in the city since 1977. If they do so, they will be ignoring the wise counsel of Law Professor Dr. David Forte who issued a memorandum regarding the ordinances' applicability. We will inform you of their decision as soon as the minutes of the meeting become available.
5. We still need your voice, and if you can, your presence at the Toledo City Council meeting on June 25 th  (next Tuesday)  as they deliberate a resolution to condemn the passage of the Human Rights and Heartbeat Protection Act.   Contact Ed Sitter at  Greater Toledo Right to Life  to get involved!



Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Lori Criss, Director of the department, has worked in the behavioral health field since 1992. Criss formerly served the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, focusing on how Ohio's communities respond to mental health and addiction for people of varying cultural and racial backgrounds. She worked for 18 years in community addiction and trauma treatment for homeless women and their children at Amethyst in Columbus. Criss holds both Bachelor and Master Degrees in Social Work from The Ohio State University. She recently served on the Advisory Board for Ohio's Criminal Sentencing Commission.
Senator Andrew Brenner (R)
The first term Senator from the 19th Senate District lives in Powell in Delaware County. Brenner is a mortgage and real-estate development professional and a former four-term member of the Ohio House. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Senate Finance Subcommittee, Education Committee, Energy and Public Utilities Committee and the Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee. Senator Brenner has been a consistent Pro-Life vote during his tenure in both the House and the Senate.
Representative Joe Miller (D)
The freshman Representative of the House 56th District (Lorain County) calls Amherst home. Miller is a government and social studies teacher and recently served as a Councilman-at-large for Amherst. He is a member of the Primary and Secondary Education, Higher Education and Federalism Committees. Miller's voting record has been Pro-Abortion during his first term.
Representative Jessica Miranda (D)
Hamilton County's 28th District is represented during this session of the General Assembly by Forest Park resident Jessica Miranda, serving her first term. An insurance broker and tax specialist, Miranda was also a local school board member before winning her state seat. She sits on the Economic and Workforce Development, Higher Education, and Transportation and Public Safety Committees. Miranda's voting record has been reliably Pro-Abortion during her first term.
Representative Michael O'Brien (D)
The third term member from the city of Warren in Trumbull County's 64th District (which includes portions of Mahoning County as well), has been in some form of government service the majority of his professional career, beginning in 1983 as a Warren City Councilman, then Trumbull County Commissioner, then Mayor of Warren before becoming a member of the Ohio House. O'Brien sits on the Finance, Energy and Natural Resources (co-chairing the Energy Generation subcommittee and Transportation and Public Safety Committees. O'Brien's voting record in his three terms has been unfailingly Pro-Abortion.


Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati is a proud member organization of the 
Contact: Meg Wittman, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, 513/728-7870.

Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati is a grassroots organization, which exists to ensure that pro-life principles of protection and dignity for all innocent human life are upheld and kept before the public; Jack Hart, President. Affiliated with Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio.