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July 2018



ROE v. Wade
With the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, much has been said about the potential for the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The most outrageous statement that I heard came from Senator Susan Collins, "A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me, because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don't want to see a judge have."
Really? Wasn't the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision a classic example of judicial activism? (And I don't recall hearing her outrage when the current activist court shoved gay marriage down the nation's throat.) Therefore, based on Senator Collins new-found concern about judicial activism, overturning Roe is what she should be demanding.

What if Roe v. Wade were overturned?
If the high court were to correct this wrong, the nation would have a patchwork of pro-life and pro-abortion states. Prior to the implementation of the 13th Amendment, this country was a patchwork of free and slave states. Like the 19th century abolitionists, our 21st century abolitionists would work toward the goal of all 50 states being pro-life.

What about Ohio?
Unfortunately, Ohio would remain a pro-abortion state. I will do everything in my power to reverse that evil.

FC Cincinnati and the Secret Hotel Tax Scandal
Some of you might recall the Clermont County secret hotel tax scandal. That was when a Clermont County Commissioner and a neighboring State Representative conspired to insert 11th hour language into the state operating budget to allow the Clermont County Commissioners to increase the hotel tax. (I discovered it while reviewing the final changes to the House version of the budget the night before the vote.) The tax increase authorization was not only kept secret from me, but it was also kept secret from the trustees and administrators of the townships and municipality where nearly every Clermont County hotel is located. My objection to the secret tax increase authorization had a lot more to do with the secretive process rather than the wisdom of the tax itself. That was a separate topic.
Fast forward to today and FC Cincinnati has announced their intention to build their practice facilities in the City of Milford. One of the Clermont County Commissioners asked for a letter of support from the trustees of Union and Miami Townships and me. The letter I sent is reproduced below:


Becker Bills in the Ohio House of Representatives

HB 53 - Public Sector Right to Work - This bill was assigned to the House Finance Committee and has had no hearings.

HB 233 - Decriminalization Effort for Ending Notorious Deaths (DEFEND). It decriminalizes so-called "gun free zones" for Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders. This bill passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate. It is in the Government Oversight and Reform Committee and has had no hearings.

HB 333 - Eliminates the Ohio Marriage Penalty. It is in the Ways and Means Committee. It has no opposition and is awaiting an up or down vote.

HB 421 - Replica Title Bill. It is in the Transportation Committee and has had one hearing.
HJR 8: Private-sector Right-to-Work – No worker should be required to subsidize a union as a condition of employment. Furthermore, this amendment will tell the world that Ohio is "open for business." This is in the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee and has had no hearings.
HJR 7: Public-sector Right-to-Work – This legislation is about freedom of association. Like for the private sector, no worker should be required to subsidize a union as a condition of employment. This is in the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee and has had no hearings.
HJR 9: Public-sector Prevailing Wage – Repeals the requirement for taxpayers to pay artificially inflated wages, rather than those that are market-based. This is in the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee and has had no hearings.
HJR 12: Public-sector Paycheck Protection – This amendment prohibits state and local government employers from withholding union dues or fees from workers' wages. Additionally, unions will be prohibited from spending workers' money on political activities without workers' consent. This is in the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee and has had no hearings.
HJR 10: Public-sector Project Labor Agreements – This legislation is the Michigan model approved by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. State and local government entities will be prohibited from minimizing competition for construction projects by requiring that only union or non-union labor can be considered. A level playing field will be required. This is in the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee and has had no hearings.
HJR 11: Public-sector Union Recertification – Requires annual reconsideration and recertification of workers' bargaining units. This amendment will open up competition for new bargaining units, will give workers a chance to have their voices heard, and will make union leadership accountable to their membership. This is in the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee and has had no hearings.
HB 488 - Truth in advertising for property tax levies. It is in the Ways and Means Committee and has had one hearing.
HB 649 - Average Wage Fully Uniform Law (AWFUL) - Sets legislative salaries to Ohio's household median income. It is in the State and Local Government Committee and has had one hearing.
HB 703 - Decriminalization Effort for Ending Notorious Deaths - Teachers With Options (DEFEND-TWO) - Largely eliminates so-called "gun free zones." They are the most dangerous places in America. The bill is in the Federalism Committee and has had one hearing.
HB 708 - Double Dippers Inappropriately Privileged (DDIP) - Elected officials as well as state and local government employees will no longer be able to be working in the public sector and retired at the same time. Current retirees and survivor benefits are exempted.

Event Calendar
August 1 - 4
35th Annual Roy Rogers Festival in Portsmouth

August 2, 2018
Union Township Police Night Out

August 6 - 11
Scioto County Fair in Lucasville

August 9 - 12
Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show in Georgetown

August 16 - 18
Rally on the River Motorcycle Festival in Ironton

August 18, 2018
Brown County Republican Party picnic at the fairgrounds

August 23 - 25
Ohio Rural Heritage Festival in Ripley

August 27, 2018
Fundraiser for John Becker for State Representative at Kirby's in Loveland from 5:30 to 7 PM

August 30 - September 3
River Days in Portsmouth

Becker for State Representative - Vetted, Tested, and Proven!
"Becker has a legitimate claim as the state's most conservative legislator," according to The [Cleveland] Plain Dealer (September 2017).
"Rep. John Becker, suburban Cincinnati Republican… [holds] the unofficial title as the General Assembly's most conservative lawmaker," proclaimed the Columbus Dispatch (September 2015).
Becker wins prestigious William Wilberforce Leadership Award (April 2015).
"GOP Ohio House freshman Becker is no shrinking violet," headlined the Columbus Dispatch (December 2014).
" arguably the most conservative member of the Ohio House," said The Cincinnati Enquirer (January 2014).
Ranked as a top tier "most archconservative" by the Columbus Dispatch (September 2013).

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