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June 2014

 


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Terry Blair - RIP

My friend and fellow State Representative, Terry Blair, died suddenly and unexpectedly on June 26th. He had stage 4 Leukemia. Terry was a true statesman, a committed Christian, and a gentleman. He was also a member of our "caveman caucus." His passing is a huge loss for the state of Ohio. He will be very much missed for many reasons.
Breaking News
Ohio Speaker of the House, Bill Batchelder, will be coming to Clermont County to do a fundraiser for me on August 6, 2014. The details are being worked out and will be announced later.
House Bill 351
I've sponsored about two dozen bills so far. However, HB 351 has garnered more hate mail than all of the others combined. It's as if I cracked opened the gates of hell and hollered, "WHO LOVES JESUS?" I'm amazed by the evil that can fly out of that place. HB 351 is pro-life legislation that simply prevents insurance companies from covering abortion services. Contraceptives are not mentioned in the bill because they prevent fertilization rather than cause abortions. They are not impacted. Additionally under HB 351, ectopic (tubal) pregnancies are specifically excluded and therefore are not impacted. That is the life of the mother exception. Insurance companies will continue to be able to offer that coverage to save the mother's life.
Mississippi Mischief
The recent US Senate Primary election between Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel was a lesson in how to recruit Democrats to flip the results of a Republican Primary. I've got a problem with that. Unfortunately, the same thing could happen in Ohio. Back in October 2013, I introduced House Bill 305. It would minimize the possibility of cross over voting and operation chaos by requiring partisan voters to affiliate with the Party of their choice at least 30 days prior to an election. Under the bill, current registered voters don't need to do anything. They would retain their current Party affiliation. New voters would be given the opportunity to affiliate with a Party when they register. Any voter can change their Party affiliation or disaffiliate at any time (except within 30 days of an election) by simply updating their voter registration information. In other words, if voters want to vote in a Primary election, they would no longer be able to select a Party on election day. They would have to make the Party selection at least 30 days in advance. HB 305 is in the Policy Committee and has had no hearings.
Activist Federal Judge Oversteps Bounds and Makes Policy Decision
That headline certainly isn't shocking news. This latest transgression came from the infamous Judge Peter Economus. He has a history of these types of blunders. The Judge has "ordered" that early voting must continue the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday before the election. Chaos shall reign once again.
Note to federal judges: The US Constitution prescribes that policy decisions are to be made by the executive and legislative branches of government. Your opinions of what the law "should be" are irrelevant. If you want to make policy, resign and run for a legislative seat. It worked for
Congressman Hastings (although he was impeached and removed from the federal judiciary for bribery and perjury).
Note to the US Congress: When will you fulfill your responsibilities and impeach federal judges who make policy decisions and then simply ignore, or twist the Constitution beyond recognition, to justify it? We need to get back to a constitutional form of government rather than an oligarchy of little kings.

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
State Representative John Adams talks about discharge petitions (4+ minutes)
State Representative Andy Thompson talks about Common Core (7 minutes)
State Representative Ron Hoods talks about the Heartbeat Bill discharge petition (<3 minutes)
A Walk for the President (<3 minutes)
The Machine: The Truth Behind Teachers Unions (4+ 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
July 1, 2014
Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7 pm

July 8, 2014
Clermont Chamber 2014 Pioneers and Trailblazers Luncheon

July 20, 2014
Clermont County Fair Parade in Owensville. Let me know if you can join me.

August 5, 2014
National Night Out in Union Twp from 6 pm - 9 pm
Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7 pm

August 6, 2014
Fundraiser for John Becker featuring Ohio Speaker of the House, Bill Batchelder

Becker for State Representative
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