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April 2016

 


Beckerisms

Ohio's Pending Bathroom Bill
There was not a problem or a threat to public safety until Target stores created the following corporate policy: "...we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity." Although well meaning, "gender identity" is not defined and can be very fluid. Their reckless policy serves as an invitation to sexual predators to pose as transgender persons in order to gain easy access to a smorgasbord of women and young girls. The City of Cleveland has threatened to do the same.

In light of this new threat to public safety, I'm planning to introduce legislation that, without disrupting the lives of well-meaning individuals, will address the public safety issue that has been created by Target's reckless policy. A key objective is to avoid unintended consequences or collateral damage.

To that end, I met with two transgender people for about 90 minutes. One was born female and is now living as a male. The other was born male and is now living as a female. It was fascinating to hear their stories and to attempt to see the world from their perspective. It was a very good exchange of ideas and concerns. Additionally, it was very helpful to me on multiple levels. That's progress.

As children, we learned that there are males and females. It was binary. The world has changed. Male and female is now a continuum. We all agree on keeping sexual predators out of the women's restrooms. How do we address that concern without creating unintended consequences?

Current Thoughts and Bill Outline (Talking Points)


Maybe this problem could be addressed by simply requiring Target to post signage that says something like, "Due to the reckless policies of this establishment, the bathroom and dressing room facilities are no longer safe for women and children."

Kudos to State Representative Tom Brinkman
Brinkman: Unions the ultimate zombies

Ohio House of Representatives
House Bill 502 - Campaign Finance Simplification
Some provisions of HB 502 are as follows:

·         Rounding of maximum contributions to the nearest $100.

·         Post-general campaign reporting will be synced to the calendar year with an end-of-the-year report due January 7th.

·         Minimal income and expenditures less than $100 may be aggregated instead of itemized.

·         The Secretary of State may audit a candidate or campaign committee’s reports for a particular race. However, if one candidate or committee is audited, then all candidates or committees for that race must be audited.

·         No filing requirement if a candidate receives or spends less than $2,000.

·         Phases in electronic reporting requirements for all candidates over the next three years.

·         Certified mail to candidates will be permissive rather than required.


House Bill 456 - Create Safeguards that Prevent ‘Election Shenanigans’
The major provisions of HB 456 are as follows:

This is an opportunity to move a bi-partisan bill forward that helps all parties.

House Bill 257 - Becker Budget
In summary, the provisions of HB 257 include:

·         Slow (state only) spending growth by $1.3 billion from HB 64 (state budget).

·         Reduce income tax rates proportionally.

·         Phase out income tax over five years.

·         Slow "all funds" growth by $6.2 billion from HB 64.

·         Eliminate Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

·         Defund Planned Parenthood.

·         Eliminate the Ohio Marriage Penalty.

·         Allow sales tax refunds for Core charges.

·         Allow Governor Kasich's proposed severance tax to apply to public lands only.

·         Expand Indigent tort reform.

·         Prohibit double dipping in the state pension system (grandfather in current double dippers).

 

Video Central
John Becker speaks on the House floor in favor of the Constitution. (1 minute)
John Becker on The Ohio Channel with Karen Kasler (7 minutes)
John Becker speaks about the Constitutional Authority of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the House floor. (2 minutes)
Establishment Shuffle (4 minutes)
Federal Prison Blues (3 minutes)
82 Yr Old Black Grandmother Voting Straight Republican; Tired of Democrats (2 minutes)
Liberal Taxes Explained (4 minutes)
Bernie vs Trump, Who is more Violent! (Social Experiment) (4 minutes)
Obama Taxman (beatles) Funny Video (2 minutes)
Bryan Lewis “I Think My Dogs A DemocRAT” (4 minutes)
Ben Shapiro: Hillary Clinton Lies... A Lot (4 minutes)
Donald Trump's Phone Call with Ted Cruz (5 minutes)
Skunk: A "degrading form of abuse" or safe, non-toxic alternative to rubber bullets? (3 minutes)
Andrew Klavan: Magical Leftist Thinking (4 minutes)
Special Interests…EXPOSED!!! (4 minutes)

Older Clips
John Becker on Fox 19 News talking about Homosexual Marriage (HB 296) (2+ minutes)
John Becker live CNN pro-life interview defending Down syndrome people (HB 135) (This is the full six minute uncut version)
John Becker live CNN pro-life interview defending Down syndrome people (HB 135) This is the edited version currently on the CNN web site (< 2 minutes)
Sarah Palin interview with State Representative Dave Hall (8 minutes)
The Becker Budget Interview with Karen Kasler (6 minutes)
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

May 2, 2016
Union Twp Central Committee meeting at the Civic Center

May 6, 2016
"First Friday" luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's at noon for $20

May 18, 2016
Clermont County Republic Central Committee meeting at HQ in The Empire of The Village of Batavia

May 19, 2016
Ohio Christian Alliance Spring Freedom Banquet at the at the Akron-Fairlawn Hilton

Becker for State Representative
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"Becker...is arguably the most conservative member of the Ohio House," said The Cincinnati Enquirer (March 2014).
"GOP Ohio House freshman Becker is no shrinking violet," headlined the Columbus Dispatch (December 2014).
Becker wins prestigious William Wilberforce Leadership Award (April 2015).
Rep. John Becker, suburban Cincinnati Republican… [holds] the unofficial title as the General Assembly's most conservative lawmaker, said the Columbus Dispatch (September 2015).

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