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May 2017



New Hire
I'm doing my part to lower the unemployment rate in Southern Ohio. I hired a lovely young lady from West Union (Adams County) to be my new legislative aide. I like to call her my chief of staff. (She is my entire staff.) She's been on the job one week and I have a high level of confidence in her to continue the high level constituent service. Feel free to call 614-466-8134 and welcome Emily Swedberg to the Ohio House.

Fear and Ignorance
I recently (anonymously) attended a City of Wyoming council meeting to witness the repeal of a concealed carry ordinance under SB 199 per
ORC 2923.126(B)(7). The ordinance originally passed earlier this year. The repeal vote was followed by an enthusiastic applause from most of the audience. A number of thoughts came to mind while driving home after the meeting:

1.       Kudos to the council members for passing the original ordinance to enhance public safety.

2.       It was great that many residents chose to engage their elected officials to express their opinions and to lobby them accordingly.

3.       Assuming that the council members believed that the repeal vote was the will of the people and in their best interests, then kudos to them for revisiting the decision.

4.       Congratulations to the residents who successfully lobbied their officials to reverse their earlier decision.

5.       This was a classic example of how our representative form of government works.

6.       Unfortunately, ignorance and fear ruled the day.

All of that being said, I have a few questions for the residents who succeeded in getting the ordinance repealed:

1.       Do you understand that the concealed carry ordinance only applied to citizens who passed a background check, got fingerprinted, photographed, and are trained in gun safety and marksmanship?

2.       Do you understand that these people are the cream of the crop of the citizenry?

3.       Do you understand that open carry is permitted nearly everywhere in your city including the government buildings named in the ordinance?

4.       Are you more comfortable being around strangers carrying rifles and side-arms as permitted under current law?

5.       Do you prefer that only the bad guys have concealed guns?

6.       Do you prefer to be a victim of crime, rather than having the option to shoot back, and force that decision on your neighbors?

7.       If a maniac were to enter the council room and begin systematically slaughtering the residents, do you prefer that no one in the room would have the ability to stop him?

a.       If law enforcement were in the room, who do you think would take the first bullet?

                                                               i.      And then what do you think would happen?

Ohio House of Representatives - My current active House bills:

HB 53 - Public Sector Right to Work

HB 233 - Decriminalization Effort for Ending Notorious Deaths (DEFEND). It decriminalizes so-called "gun free zones" for Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders.


Video Central
American City County Exchange: Change in Communities (2 minutes)
2017 Budget - Why Rep Vitale Voted No (7 minutes)
The Limits of Coercing States with Federal Funding Threats (2 minutes)
Republican Liberty Caucus of Ohio - Statewide Conference Call (48 minutes)
New Planned Parenthood 'Baby Body Parts' Video Released (3 minutes)

Event Calendar
June 2, 2017
"First Friday" Luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's at noon for $20.

June 24, 2017
We The People Convention at Berlin Church in Lewis Center

June 25, 2017
DeWine Ice Cream Social in Cedarville from 1 PM to 5 PM for $5

Becker for State Representative
Ranked a top tier "most archconservative" by the Columbus Dispatch (September 2013).
" 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 Republicanů [holds] the unofficial title as the General Assembly's most conservative lawmaker, said the Columbus Dispatch (September 2015).

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