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January 2014



January has been a good month to reflect on the theory of "global warming." In the Education Committee, we recently voted out House Bill 416 to increase calamity days from five to nine for the current school year. During testimony, I made the following comments: "I want you to help me with my memory of the late 1970s. I was in high school. I remember temperatures as cold as 25 below zero. I also remember subzero temperatures day after day after day after day after day after day after day. The Ohio River was frozen. You could walk across it, and people did. What I don't remember is school being closed because of the cold - not once, ever. And school rarely closed because of snow. I also don't remember Ohio increasing the number of calamity days back then. Did that happen and maybe some schools didn't get the memo?" As a follow-up, I continued, "I was told to suck it up, go to school, and quit whining about it. Are we coddling our kids today and we're overly concerned that they might get their tootsies cold?"
Also on the topic of "global warming" and the 1970s, I remember talk about all of the scientific evidence about how we're going into another ice age. And it was because of man-made pollution in the atmosphere reflecting away the sun's heating. The talk was all about the doom and gloom of the expanding arctic and global starvation because of the reduced growing seasons. I believed all of that back then. And today, I just smile when they talk about the doom and gloom of "global warming."

Ohio House of Representatives
The list of bills that I've sponsored include:
HB 188 eliminates the Ohio Marriage Penalty.
HB 191 corrects the definition of a machine gun.
HB 210 prohibits law enforcement from destroying firearms and requires that they be sold to federally licensed firearms dealers (FFL).
HB 234 allows hunting with suppressors.
HB 236 allows public sector employees with concealed carry licenses to carry into government buildings.
HB 240 eliminates the February and August special elections.
HB 244 elevates the crimes of rape and child molestation to capital crimes subject to the death penalty.
HB 250 allows for two weeks of early voting concluding the Friday before the election.
HB 255 reforms Medicaid and saves taxpayers $1.5 billion per year.
HB 263 specifies that early voting days and hours shall be M-F 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
HB 266 prohibits the board of elections from sending out unsolicited materials and prohibits pre-paid postage.
HB 269 requires photo ID for voting.
HB 271 expands immunity from malpractice litigation for health care professionals providing free services to the poor and uninsured.
HB 285 eliminates double dippers.
HB 305 makes Ohio a closed primary state and allows voters to change party affiliation at any time other than 30 days prior to an election.
HJR 8 is a constitutional amendment expanding term limits to all state and local offices and setting them at 12 years with a few exceptions.
HCR 37 is a resolution for Ohio's General Assembly to ask the US Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against Federal District Judge Timothy Black
HB 340 is the Firearms Freedom Act based on the Montana law that asserts state sovereignty over intra-state commerce.
HB 351 prohibits private and public insurance companies from covering abortions. The only exception is ectopic (tubal).
HB 357 provides taxpayer relief from the sales tax on core charges such as batteries and other automobile parts
HB 372 permits water skiers and the like to utilize a rear view mirror rather than a spotter on boats and personal watercraft.
HB 396 permits all married couples, regardless of sexual orientation, to file Ohio tax returns separate without regard to how they filed their federal returns. Under the current practice of the Ohio Department of Taxation, only homosexuals are allowed this privilege. (See IT S.) And therefore, only homosexuals are currently allowed to avoid the Ohio Marriage Penalty and maximize both federal and state tax benefits. HB 396 aligns statute with current practice and solves the litigation problem based on the Equal Protection Clause.
HB 403 is a follow-up to HB 236 and allows all citizens, with concealed carry permits, to enter most public buildings.

HJR 10 is a constitutional amendment allowing for recall elections for all state and local elected officials.

HB 420 is employee parking lot carry.

Video Central
So God Made a Liberal (2+ minutes)
Warning Not to Use E15 Gas in Your Car: FOX Business (<6 minutes)

Older Clips
John Becker on Fox 19 News talking about "Stand Your Ground" (HB 203) (3 minutes)
John Becker on Ch. 10 News in Columbus regarding the impeachment of Judge Black (3 minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 talking about HB 244 (3 minutes)
John Becker on Fox 19 talking about Medicaid (2 minutes)

Event Calendar
February 3, 2014
Union Twp Central Committee meeting at the Civic Center at 7 pm

February 4, 2014
Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7 pm

February 7, 2014
Government Strategies Group First Friday Luncheon

February 7, 2014
Clermont Chamber annual meeting and small business awards at the Eastgate Receptions at 11:30 AM

February 8, 2014
7th Annual Friends of NRA Banquet at Norlyn Manor at 6 pm

February 8, 2014
NE Hamilton County Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Sharonville Convention Center

February 28, 2014
Clermont County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner at the Eastgate Holiday Inn

Becker for State Representative
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