Ohio General Assembly Returns from Spring Break; OEA Opposed Legislation to Receive Hearings
The Ohio General Assembly returns from legislative spring break next week. Several bills which OEA opposes are scheduled to receive hearings. It is imperative that OEA members make their voices heard in opposition by sending letters to members of the General Assembly on the following bills:
House Joint Resolution 1 (HJR 1) & Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR 2)
HJR 1 and SJR 2, the proposals to amend the Ohio Constitution, if passed by the voters would require all subsequent constitutional amendments to receive 60 percent of the vote to be enacted. It will hearings next week. On Tuesday, April 18, 2023, the House Constitutional Resolutions Committee will hear proponent and interested party testimony on HJR 1. The House committee will also consider possible amendments to HJR 1. Also on Tuesday, the Senate General Government Committee will hear opponent testimony on SJR 2. OEA will provide opposition testimony to SJR 2 on Tuesday. The following day, the House Constitutional Resolutions Committee will hear opponent testimony on HJR 1 – OEA will also provide in-person opposition testimony to HJR 1 during Wednesday’s hearing.
The Senate Committee will meet at 2:30 PM on Tuesday, April 18, 2023, in the Senate South Hearing Room. The House Committee will meet at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, in Statehouse Room 116, near the museum in the Statehouse Crypt.
Our partners around the We Are Ohio Table and other coalitions in opposition to HJR 1 and SJR 2 are asking for individuals to attend the hearings to show our collective opposition to HJR 1 and SJR 2.
Please also use OEA’s Action Alert in Opposition to HJR 1 and SJR 2 to send a letter to your legislators urging that they oppose these undemocratic, unfair, unpopular, and unnecessary constitutional amendments.
Senate Bill 83
OEA opposes SB 83, Senator Cirino’s (R-Kirkland) proposal to make sweeping changes to a wide range of higher education laws, including restricting faculty and staff collective bargaining rights. OEA will deliver opposition testimony on SB 83 before the Senate Workforce and Higher Education Committee which will meet on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at 4:00 PM in the Senate South Hearing Room. OEA and our allies are asking members to attend the hearing if able.
Please also use OEA’s Action Alert in Opposition to SB 83 to send a letter to your Senator urging that they oppose SB 83.
Continue to Send Letters in Opposition to Universal Voucher Proposals
While we have not received notifications on a hearing for Senate Bill 11, Senator O’Brien’s (R-Ashtabula) or House Bill 11, Representative Riordan McClain (R-Nevada) and Representative Marilyn John (R-Shelby), the universal voucher bills, please continue to send letters using OEA’s Action Alerts in opposition to universal voucher expansion to urge your legislators’ opposition to HB 11 and SB 11.
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