Advocacy briefing, October 12, 2021

Advocacy briefing, October 12, 2021

Advocacy briefing, October 12, 2021 750 422 Episcopalians in Connection

Vote expected this week on bill allowing concealed carry of firearms without permit

The Ohio House Government and Oversight Committee is holding a hearing Thursday, Oct. 14 at 10 am in Room 121 on HB 227, which would allow Ohioans to carry hidden, loaded handguns in public without a permit or safety training. This would end Ohio’s current requirement for safety training, and Ohio’s current legal prohibitions on issuing a concealed carry license to people with prior drug convictions or violent misdemeanors.

Written testimony must be submitted by Wednesday at 10 am to the Chair, Rep. Shane Wilkin, at  GovernmentOversightCommittee@ohiohouse.gov as well as to Ranking Member Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney, rep14@ohiohouse.gov.  Please include a Witness form, attached here, copy the letter to your state rep, and share this alert with friends and colleagues. Here is a fact sheet on the bill, prepared by Mimi Karon and attorney Douglas Rogers, volunteers with Ohio Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.

Ohio Board of Education meets tomorrow, under pressure to rescind 2020 statement condemning racism

Last week’s BBC update reported that HB 322 and HB 327 which would ban teaching of critical race theory and curtail the ability of teachers in grades K-12 to discuss the history of racism and other “divisive” topics.  Now the Ohio Board of Education is under pressure to rescind its 2020 statement condemning racism and advancing equity.

Here’s a link to an Ohio Federation of Teachers page which connects you to  the 2020 resolution and a form for writing to the Ohio Board of Education Members.

Advocacy briefings are compiled by Ariel Miller, a member of Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming, and a member of the diocesan Becoming Beloved Community Leadership Team.