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February 2014

 


Beckerisms

Two bills in the Policy and Oversight Committee
House Bill 240 abolishes the February and August special elections and would still allow two opportunities every year for tax levies. This bill has had two hearings and some powerful proponent testimony. Additional support came from several of my readers who submitted written testimony. Thank you!
House Bill 250 sets early voting at two weeks. This bill has also had two hearings but only one letter of support from my readers. It's not too late. Let me know who is willing to go to Columbus or at least write a support letter. If nobody cares, then early voting will remain at four weeks. You decide.

American Conservative Union (ACU) Rating
Unfortunately, their scores do not reflect the reality of who is the most conservative or most liberal. For example, Ron Hood is one of the most conservative, principled, and liberty minded members of the Ohio House and only scored 50 percent. Conversely, Ross McGregor is without question the most liberal Republican and scored 60 percent. Barbara Sears, of Medicaid expansion fame, scored 70 percent. On the Senate side, Kris Jordan is recognized as the most conservative member. He only scored 86 percent.
I scored 80 percent because the ACU and I disagreed on two issues:
1) HB 59 was the state budget and had a lot of good pro-life and school choice legislation in it. The bill also had a number of tax increases and tax cuts. I could have justified a "yes" vote. However, the year-over-year increases in spending were WAY beyond the inflation rate. For example, the general revenue fund (GRF) increase from FY 2013 to FY 2014 was $2.61 billion or 9.4 percent. From FY 2014 to 2015 was an additional increase of $1.44 billion or 4.7 percent. The "all funds" increase from FY 2013 to FY 2014 was $3.34 billion or 6 percent. From FY 2014 to 2015 was an additional increase of $2.2 billion or 3.6 percent. Does any of that spending sound conservative to you?
2) HB 7 was an effort to shut down unregulated mini casinos known as "Internet cafes." They found a loophole in the law to operate and were tied to a great deal of corruption. The people of Ohio authorized four casinos. They are heavily regulated and controlled. The "Internet cafes" were not mom and pop small businesses. They operated as mini casinos and reminded me of the 1920s. Libertarians might lean toward giving them the benefit of the doubt. I'm a conservative. And in my mind there was no doubt.
The bottom line is that, in my opinion, the ACU is wrong about those two bills. They are only 80 percent conservative. Regardless, we conservatives will sometimes disagree on a number of issues as well as strategy.

My Position on Common Core
I have taken a leadership position on this issue in the following ways:
• Prepared a floor amendment, for HB 59 (state budget), to abolish Common Core.
• The first to speak out against Common Core with my colleagues resulting in leadership's commitment to hold hearings.
• Co-sponsored HB 237 to abolish Common Core.
• Worked with Chairman Stebelton to get the bill a hearing in the Education Committee.
• Participated and was engaged at the hearing until it adjourned at 1:05 AM.
• Signed a letter, to Chairman Stebelton, requesting additional hearings.
In my opinion, the only way to kill Common Core is to convince the governor. It is my understanding that he supports it but I don't know why or how strongly. If enough people can convince the governor to oppose Common Core, we'll be able to kill it.

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
Is religion a curable disease? (7+ minutes)
The Gun that Aims Itself (24 minutes)
Does Marriage Matter? Ryan Anderson addresses the Indiana House Judiciary Committee (11 minutes)
Live 50 Caliber Round in a Microwave (6+ minutes)
Must see Common Core Video (63+ 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)
John Becker radio interview with Chris Long, Ohio Christian Alliance (25 minutes)

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

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

March 7, 2014
Government Strategies Group First Friday Luncheon

March 14, 2014
Clermont Chamber Monthly Luncheon at the Eastgate Receptions at 11:30 AM

March 15, 2014
Ohio Pro-Family Forum at the Potter's House Church in Columbus

March 19, 2014
Clermont County GOP meeting at HQ in Batavia


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