12/7/2018 – We’ve got good news and bad news from the Lame Duck legislative session this week.
The good news: The Senate has delayed its vote for the Pastor “Protection” Act!
The Senate Judiciary committee has yanked the dangerous Pastor “Protection” Act (HB 36) off of its schedule and did NOT vote on the bill this week!
We joined a number of other opponents last week to testify against HB 36 bill, which unnecessarily restates existing constitutional protections for religious leaders and opens the door for discrimination against LGBTQ Ohioans.
Some more good news: The Senate also delayed a vote on the six-week abortion ban!
The Senate Health and Human Services committee took the potential vote on this bill off their schedule this week and have delayed it until next week!
With passage of HB 258 (the six-week abortion ban), Ohio will have the most restrictive abortion law in the country. Help us send a strong message to the Senate that criminalizing women who get abortions and the physicians who provide their medical care is wrong for Ohio.
And one more bright spot: The Senate took out the “stand your ground” language in HB 228!
The Senate just passed HB 228 without the harmful “stand your ground” language—keeping in place Ohio’s legal duty to retreat. They also took out language that would’ve barred landlords from banning firearms and reduced penalties for concealed carry violations. The bill unfortunately maintained the prohibition on localities from being able to pass their own gun regulations.
The bad news: Lame duck season—and our work—isn’t done yet!
Thanks to our work—and your calls and advocacy—these bills have been slowed down or vastly improved. But we have to keep up the pressure!
We need all hands on deck to make sure these bills don’t pass!
What we’re seeing today with these delayed votes and amendments to otherwise dangerous bills are proof that our calls are working. But the lame duck session doesn’t end for another couple of weeks and we have to keep on the pressure.
Call your Senators today and urge them to vote NO on HB 36 and HB 228.
As legislators are trying to rush these dangerous bills through, they’re hoping that we’re not paying attention. Let’s prove them wrong and send them a clear message: bills that harm LGBTQ Ohioans, women, and communities of color shouldn’t become law. Equitas Health is speaking out against these bills because they harm our patients and the communities we serve. Join us in our fight against them!
Thanks again for all your hard work—let’s keep it up for the next couple of weeks!
Yours in the fight,