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May 2014

 


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Severance Tax

House Bill 375 passed the House and is now being considered by the Senate. It increases the severance tax on oil and gas production. I voted NO in the Ways and Means Committee and again voted NO on the House floor. Before the vote in committee, I made the following remarks:

The exploration, production, and distribution of oil and gas are a matter of national security. It is also important to Ohio's economy. Although I very much support any reductions in Ohio's income tax, doing so on the backs of the oil and gas industry is the wrong approach. Spending is the problem and holding state expenditures to the inflation rate is the answer. For those reasons, I will be voting NO.

The arguments in favor of increasing the tax included stability for the industry. I'm still trying to figure out how increasing their tax burden helps them. The theory is that a smaller increase now is better than a larger increase later. What is to stop the next General Assembly and/or the next governor from raising the tax again? The liberals could also petition to have the people vote for a higher severance tax. My response is, “bring it on.” If the liberals want higher taxes, let them make the argument for it and have the people decide. As for me, I am voting NO.

 

Ohio House of Representatives
The list of bills that I've sponsored include:
HB 188 eliminates the Ohio Marriage Penalty. (Ways and Means Committee)

HB 191 corrects the definition of a machine gun. (Transportation Committee)

HB 210 prohibits law enforcement from destroying firearms and requires that they be sold to federally licensed firearms dealers (FFL). (Transportation Committee)

HB 234 allows hunting with suppressors. (Senate)

HB 236 allows public sector employees with concealed carry licenses to carry into government buildings. (State and Local Government Committee)

HB 240 eliminates the February and August special elections. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)

HB 244 elevates the crimes of rape and child molestation to capital crimes subject to the death penalty. (Judiciary Committee)

HB 250 allows for two weeks of early voting concluding the Friday before the election. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)

HB 255 reforms Medicaid and saves taxpayers $1.5 billion per year. (Health and Aging Committee)

HB 263 specifies that early voting days and hours shall be M-F 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)

HB 266 prohibits the board of elections from sending out unsolicited materials and prohibits pre-paid postage. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)

HB 269 requires photo ID for voting. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)

HB 271 expands immunity from malpractice litigation for health care professionals providing free services to the poor and uninsured. (Insurance Committee)

HB 285 eliminates double dippers. (Health and Aging Committee)

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. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)

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. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)

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. (Judiciary Committee)

HB 340 is the Firearms Freedom Act based on the Montana law that asserts state sovereignty over intra-state commerce. (Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee)

HB 351 prohibits private and public insurance companies from covering abortions. The only exception is ectopic (tubal). (Insurance Committee)

HB 357 provides taxpayer relief from the sales tax on core charges such as batteries and other automobile parts. (Ways and Means Committee)

HB 372 permits water skiers and the like to utilize a rear view mirror rather than a spotter on boats and personal watercraft. (Transportation Committee)

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. (Ways and Means Committee)

HB 403 is a follow-up to HB 236 and allows all citizens, with concealed carry permits, to enter most public buildings.(State and Local Government Committee)

HJR 10 is a constitutional amendment allowing for recall elections for all state and local elected officials. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)

HB 420 is employee parking lot carry. (Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee)

HB 475 allows the courtesy of flashing headlights to warn of hazards such as police radar. (Transportation Committee)

 

Video Central
O'Reilly on America's Race Problem (5 minutes)
Obamacare Contractor: I Was Paid to Act Like I Was Working (3+ minutes)
Joseph Backholm Speech on Religious Freedom at CCV Banquet (26 minutes)
George Will Demolishes Arguments for Common Core (2 minutes)
Building the Machine - The Common Core Documentary (39 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
June 2, 2014
Union Twp Central Committee Meeting at the Civic Center at 7 pm

June 3, 2014
Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7 pm

June 5, 2014
Frontier Days Parade in Milford. Streets close at 5:30 pm. Parade begins at 6:30 pm 

June 6, 2014
Government Strategies Group First Friday Luncheon

June 11, 2014
Clermont County Central Committee at HQ in Batavia at 7 pm

June 22, 2014
Mike DeWine Ice Cream Social in Cedarville from 1 pm - 5 pm

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