From the Desk of Advocacy Manager Katy Shanahan
I want to give you a quick update about where things are in Ohio’s Lame Duck legislative session and ask if you can help with a couple of things.
Updates from Last Week
Pastor “Protection” Act Vote Delayed!
Last Thursday, Randle Moore – our Community Outreach Manager for the Greater Columbus Mpowerment Center – testified against HB 36, the Pastor “Protection” Act, in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill was starred for a potential vote, but the committee did not vote on the bill!
The committee has a hearing scheduled for next Monday and HB 36 isn’t currently on the agenda—but our work isn’t done yet!
Can you call the Senators on the Committee and tell them to vote NO against this dangerous bill? Despite an amendment to take out the bill’s most egregious language, it still opens the door to discrimination against LGBTQ Ohioans. Such discrimination doesn’t belong in Ohio’s law.
Call your Senators today and urge them to vote NO on HB36!
Coming Up Next Week
Patient Drug Price Disclosure Bill
On Tuesday, HB479, which Equitas Health strongly supports, will get its first hearing in the Senate. This bill will help make sure that patients—including our own—aren’t paying more than they should be for their prescription drugs at pharmacies.
This bill will help protect consumers from harmful practices by insurers and pharmacy benefit managers and will let consumers get information on the lowest cost way to get their medications. We’ll be testifying FOR the bill, but we need your help!
Six-Week Abortion Ban and Stand Your Ground
The first hearings are scheduled in the Senate next Monday and Tuesday for the six-week abortion ban (HB 258) and the stand your ground bill (HB 228), respectively. We expect the Senate to move quickly on these bills and for there to be votes on both.
Keep Up the Pressure!
Radical bills become laws during Lame Duck sessions because legislators are counting on us voters not to pay attention. Help us prove them wrong—call your Senators today! Let’s make sure they pass bills like HB 479, which will help lower prescription drug costs for Ohioans. And let’s make sure they don’t pass dangerous bills like HB 36 and HB 258, which strip away the rights of women and LGBTQ people, and make our communities less safe.
Yours in the fight,