Kudos to The Cincinnati Enquirer for printing my rebuttal to their
I appreciate having this opportunity to respond to "Stay out of the bathroom," (May 5, 2016).
Although I gave the correct and complete information to your staff, you chose to ignore it and run with what appears to be a liberal political agenda. Such reporting is an example of why "journalistic integrity" is an oxymoron. Let's review your editorial reporting relative to the facts.
"State Rep. John Becker is actively working on a bill that would require transgender people in Ohio to use unisex or single-stall bathrooms." WRONG. I've never said that the bill will require transgender people to use any specific facility. That was incorrect information that you gleaned from one of your previous stories.
"The legislation would be a variation of a recently passed North Carolina law…" WRONG. It will be nothing like the North Carolina law.
"He [Becker] mistakenly tries to oversimplify what is a very complex issue. Saying that a person has to use the bathroom that matches what’s on his or her birth certificate essentially sends the message that transgender people don't exist or that somehow their understanding of themselves is wrong." WRONG. There is so much wrong with those two sentences, that I hardly know where to start.
When your reporter called me for this story, I reviewed the bill's outline and talking points with him. All of those same details are now public information and can be found in the April edition of The Becker Report at www.BeckerGOP.com. You had the information and can't claim ignorance. Therefore, your competency and/or agenda are brought into question.
I told your reporter that I had a meeting scheduled for Friday morning (April 29) with two transgender people. I invited him to call me back for the details of that 90 minute encounter. He failed to do so, and you failed to report that the meeting was planned. Additional information that you had, but failed to report, is the meeting planned with a dad and his transgender son. Does this sound like I am "mistakenly trying to oversimplify what is a very complex issue"? Would I be reaching out to the transgender community, for help writing this bill, if I believed that "transgender people don't exist or that somehow their understanding of themselves is wrong"? No, but these facts complicate what your agenda appears to be. Furthermore, I've never said anything about birth certificates. You drew that conclusion from the North Carolina law.
In the future, you might want to avoid the appearance of journalistic malpractice by reviewing what you think the facts might be rather than fabricating them to fit a liberal agenda. I don't expect reporters to be perfect. I do expect them to make a good faith effort and they usually do.
Perhaps it is The Cincinnati Enquirer Editorial Board who "mistakenly tries to oversimplify what is a very complex issue."
Conversely, they refused to print this one:
Thank you for allowing me to respond to my political opponent's baseless allegations, insults, and abject ignorance. In his attack piece, "Why would Becker ask for N.C.'s Problems?" (May 20), he fabricated a number of assumptions regarding a bill that I am working on but is not yet drafted. An outline of the bill can be found in the April edition of The Becker Report at www.BeckerGOP.com.
My bill will be nothing like the North Carolina bathroom bill. A result of their bill is that it is impossible for transgender people, with Ohio birth certificates, to legally use the most appropriate public bathroom facilities in that state. My bill will allow for documentation to solve that problem. This provision in my bill is per their request. The trans community also asked for increased penalties for bathroom assaults. This is because trans people and homosexuals are far more likely to be the victims of violence than the general population. However, the heightened penalties will apply to everyone and will not be special rights legislation. Does any of that sound "anti-transgender"?
I've been working with members from TransOhio, Equality Ohio, GLAAD, and parents of trans children to better understand the problems and concerns that they face. I'm also consulting with school superintendents, principals, and state level school professionals to understand how they are currently handling any trans situations so that I don't inadvertently write legislation that might create a problem that doesn't currently exist.
Like the 1.3 million Target boycotters, I became alarmed when I learned that Target publicized their open-door bathroom and dressing room policy: "...we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity."
Target makes no attempt to define what "gender identity" means. Are transvestites and cross-dressers included? Does it refer to people diagnosed with gender dysphoria? Could it refer to people who have switched their gender identifier (marker) on their birth certificate, driver's license, passport, or some other document? Or does it mean someone with a sincerely held identity and an on-going trans lifestyle? Could it also mean gender fluid? They might identify as a man one moment and a woman the next, regardless of genitalia.
The public safety problem that Target has created is that sexual predators now have ready access to women and children simply by claiming to be female regardless of physical appearance or vocal tone. My bill aims to put guardrails around these "inclusive" policies by creating an objective standard for defining transgender so that they can continue using whatever bathroom that is most appropriate for them.
My legislation would be enforced the same way our voyeurism, trespassing, and public indecency laws are enforced. There are multiple levels and opportunities for common sense to prevail. If police were to be called to respond to a complaint, they would ask questions and then possibly make an arrest. If charges were filed, then the prosecutor would decide if it's worth pursuing. If so, a judge or jury would then have the "final" say before any appeals would be considered.
In conclusion, I also wish to correct a few media reports that were well intended but inaccurate. My bill will not require construction or renovation of new or existing bathroom facilities. Additionally, it will not require trans people to use a family or unisex bathroom. And to reiterate, it will be nothing like the North Carolina law.
John Becker lives in the Eastgate area and is currently serving in his second term as Ohio's 65th District State Representative. He can be reached at 614-466-8134 or Rep65@OhioHouse.gov.
65th District State Representative
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).
Judge Jeanine Obliterates Hillary Clinton: ''Sure It's Time For A Woman President, But Not Her!'' (9 minutes)
John Becker supports the US Constitution's provision for the military and our veterans (1 minute)
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)
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)
June 2, 2016
Milford Frontier Days Parade at 6:30. I'll be in slot #61 on Slagle Drive between Carpetland and Miami Athletics off of US 50. Parking is in the Milford Shopping Center across the street. I have t-shirts, snacks, and water for those who walk with me in the parade. Bring a friend.
June 3, 2016
"First Friday" luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's at noon for $20
June 26, 2016
Mike DeWine Ice Cream Social in Cedarville from 1pm to 5pm
Becker for State Representative
Ranked a top tier "most archconservative" by the Columbus Dispatch (September 2013).
"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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