Stay engaged, involved, and up-to-date: 07/02/2018 Weekly Review

Stay engaged, involved, and up-to-date: In the weekly reviews from the Women’s Public Policy Network, we look back on last week’s highlights from the WPPN, share updates on bills affecting women that are moving at the Statehouse, showcase weekly news clips, and provide calls to action on bills pending in the Legislature. Sign up for our emails to receive these updates in your inbox every week!

The United States Supreme Court holds immense power to shape the legal landscape of our country. Recently, they handed down three major decisions, all of which will have disproportionately harmful impacts on women.

After these case decisions were announced, we were hit with more big news: Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the court. President Trump will have the opportunity to appoint a new Justice – and his nominee could have grave implications for abortion access, the Affordable Care Act, environmental rights, and more.

Earlier today, speakers from Innovation Ohio, Physicians Action Network, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, ProgressOhio, and The Ohio Environmental Council gathered outside of the Ohio Supreme Court for a Protect Our Care press conference to discuss exactly what is at stake. Watch the full press conference here.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio – Hosting *tons* of events throughout the month (From organizing meetings to stand up comedy night, you’ll want to check out their monthly list of events)
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio – Hosting *tons* of events throughout the month (From volunteer training to open mic storytelling, you’ll want to check out their monthly list of events)
National Partners: Tele-Townhall to Support the FAMILY Act
Tuesday, July 10th
8:00 pm EST
A broad group of national networks will host a Tele-Townhall to support real, inclusive paid leave and oppose that alternative. The town hall will feature WA State Sen. Joe Fain (R) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), working people without paid leave sharing their stories, and a physician, small business owner and expert on social security.

The Huffington Post, June 30, 2018

The Senate’s farm bill is the higher road

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 3, 2018

The Atlantic, July 3, 2018
WKYC 3, July 6, 2018

We are tracking the progress of any state bills affecting women in the Ohio Legislature for the 132nd General Assembly. The House and Senate were out last week, and the Senate will only be in this week for a very limited schedule. 
  • SB 315 (Yuko) – Police Reports: Prohibits law enforcement agencies from including identifying information of sexual assault victims in police reports that are posted online. The bill was introduced in the Senate on July 5; it has not been assigned to a committee yet.
  • HB 123 (Koehler, Ashford) – Lending Laws: Puts limits on payday lenders. Approximately 60 percent of all payday loan customers are women, and payday loan use is especially high among single mothers. The Senate Finance Committee will hold a sixth hearing for all testimony, and the bill has been flagged for possible amendments and a vote. The Committee meets at 3:00 pm in the Finance Hearing Room. There is speculation that it will be watered down with industry-friendly amendments before going before the full Senate.
  • Senate Session: The Senate will convene at 11:00 am in the Senate Chamber. The bills on the agenda will be announced during Rules & Reference earlier that morning.
We will keep tracking any new updates and will be sharing timely legislative updates on women-centric legislation on Twitter using the #OHLeg hashtag. Follow us to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Statehouse.

Later tonight, President Trump is expected to announce his nominee to the Supreme Court to replace Justice Kennedy. During the campaign, he made a promise to only appoint Justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade; his choice for a nominee could put access to safe and legal abortion on the line. We must make our voices heard to Ohio’s two U.S. Senators – Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown – to let them know how this appointment would impact Ohioans.

Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to contact Senators Brown and Portman, and urge them to oppose any nominations that stands against reproductive rights, labor rights, and immigration rights.