What’s ahead for the Ohio Legislature’s fall session
The Ohio Legislature will be discussing important bills that could significantly change voter access, the right of peaceful protest, gun rights and safety, and environmental sustainability. Hanging over everything is anxiety over how the new rules for drafting Ohio’s Congressional and state legislative districts will play out.
At the federal level, legislation stalled in the Senate could prevent extreme partisan gerrymandering by states, and restore voter protections and access that have been curtailed by many state legislatures. I’ll try to provide updates on hearings on the State bills, as well as resources for advocacy at the federal level.
In the meantime, consider attending the Statehouse Stomp.
HB 22, HB 109, and SB 41 are seen by many faith-based advocates as steps to criminalize peaceful protest. Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) plans a Statehouse Stomp from 9-4 on Wednesday, Sept. 22 combining visits to legislators with a rally. You can read more and sign up here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/statehouse-day-our-voices-together/
Ohio Environmental Council will offer a three-part advocacy training beginning September 14. Join the OEC’s team of experts to learn more about how you can get involved in advocacy to protect our environment. Learn more
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.