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December 2014

 


Beckerisms

Redistricting
A redistricting proposal will be on the ballot in November 2015 (for the 2021 remapping) for state house and senate districts (not congressional). The final version of HJR 12 was crafted between midnight and 4 AM. It uses words such as “should” and “closely.” Also, “No district plan shall be drawn primarily to favor or disfavor a political party.” Any guesses what an activist federal judge will do with that language? That’s why I voted “NO.”

Legislative Successes
HB 191 corrects the definition of a machine gun. (Amended into HB 234 and signed into law)

HB 234 allows hunting with suppressors. (Signed into law)

HB 266 prohibits the board of elections from sending out unsolicited materials and prohibits pre-paid postage. (Signed into law as SB 205 – Coley)

In addition to working for good things, I sometimes have to fight against bad things. A recent example is HB 624. The bill was intended to stop abuses of the elderly. However, it was written broadly and created 19 enumerated rights to apply to wards of any age. Imagine you are the guardian of your teenaged niece and nephew. Now imagine how some of these “rights” might apply:
(2) To privacy, which includes the right to privacy of the body and the right to private, uncensored communication with others by mail, telephone, or personal visits
(4) To appropriate services suited to the ward's needs and conditions, including

mental health services
(5) To procreate, or to consent or object to sterilization
(9) To equal treatment under the law, regardless of race, religion, creed, sex, age,

marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation
(14) To an attorney and independent expert evaluator, and to have these

professionals paid by the court if the ward is indigent
(18) To drive, if legally able
HB 624 was headed for a floor vote until I lead the fight to get it pulled.

From the Hannah Report - Notable Quotes around Capitol Square
"Lives have been saved, and many could be saved, when good people are able to shoot back."

-- Rep. John Becker (R-Cincinnati) in sponsor testimony on HB420 before the House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee.
Another quote from my same sponsor testimony was, “Gun control laws do not stop bad people from doing bad things. They only stop good people from doing good things.”

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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. (Amended into HB 234 and signed into law)

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. (Signed into law)

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. (Signed into law as SB 205 – Coley)

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)

HB 618 reduces the township population threshold from 50,000 to 40,000 to allow more townships to exercise authority on interstates.

 

Video Central
Trey Gowdy gets a standing ovation on House Floor - 'We Make Law!' (5+ minutes)
Bill Whittle: Ferguson and the Real Race War (6+ minutes)
Andrew Klavan: How To Speak Leftist, Part I (3+ minutes)
Andrew Klavan: How To Speak Leftist, Part II (4 minutes)
I am Israel (6+ minutes)
Why Doesn't Israel Just Withdraw to the 1948 Borders? (5 minutes)
The New Barbarism - Bill Whittle (7+ minutes)
NYC protesters chant for dead cops (2 minutes)
Molotov Mitchell takes on Personhood (3 minutes)

Older Clips
League of Women Voters Candidates forum: John Becker vs. Democrat opponent (28 minutes)
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
January 5, 2015
Union Twp Central Committee meeting at 7PM at the Civic Center

January 6, 2015
Clermont County Tea Party at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7 pm

January 9, 2015
First Friday Luncheon featuring Speaker of the Ohio House, Cliff Rosenberger at McCormick & Schmick's at noon.

January 21, 2015
Clermont County Republican Central Committee meeting at HQ in Batavia at 7 pm

January 31, 2015
Annual NE Hamilton County Republican Club Pancake Breakfast featuring Rob Portman at the Sharonville Convention Center at 9 AM for $25.

Becker for State Representative
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