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!
Ohio House committee passes bill to ban abortions when child has Down Syndrome
NBC4, October 25, 2017
The GOP Just Announced When They’ll Be Discussing A Bill To Ban Abortion At 6 Weeks
Refinery29, October 25, 2017
Federal judge refuses to order the Trump administration to resume ACA payments/
The Washington Post, October 25, 2017
Federal funding ends for CHIP; what happens now?
10TV News, October 25, 2017
HB 327 (Schaffer, Smith, K.) – Creates tougher penalties for anyone charged with importuning (soliciting sex over the internet.) The House Criminal Justice Committee held a third hearing for all testimony on Tuesday, October 24. You can find all testimony here (look for testimony and documents from October 24).
HB 234 (Howse, Lepore-Hagan) – Criminalizes the blocking of access to reproductive health care and provides the ability for legal action for harassment or intimidation at clinics. The Criminal Justice Committee will hold a first hearing for sponsor testimony on Wednesday, November 1. The Committee will meet at 3:00 PM in Room 121 of the Ohio Statehouse.
HB 383 (Carfagna) – Requires that child-care centers provide parental notice of any serious risks to health or safety of children while under their care. The House Community & Family Advancement Committee will hold a first hearing on the bill for sponsor testimony on Wednesday, November 1. The Committee will meet at 3:00 PM in Room 114 of the Ohio Statehouse.
SB 198 (Yuko) – This bill makes updates to Ohio’s marriage laws to set the legal age of marriage to 18 years, except in certain circumstances allowing for 16 and 17 year olds if they receive consent from the juvenile court and their parent or guardian. The bill was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday of this past week. It has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.
SB 201 (Bacon, O’Brien) – Known as the “Reagan Tokes Act”, this is a companion bill to HB 365, which would require released violent offenders wearing GPS monitors to have set geographic boundaries and would give law enforcement the ability to access the GPS data without a subpoena. The Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee held a first hearing for sponsor testimony on Wednesday, October 25. You can find sponsor testimony here (look for Committee Documents from October 25). It will receive a second hearing for proponent testimony on Wednesday, November 1. The Committee will meet at 9:45 AM in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.
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