Press Releases

  • 05.15.12

    Bill Requiring Drug Testing for Public Assistance is Scientifically and Financially Unsound

    ACLU Calls on General Assembly to Abandon Legislation, Asks Governor Kasich to Veto if it Passes

    COLUMBUS – Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio called on the Ohio General Assembly to abandon proposed legislation that would require drug testing for Ohioans as a condition for receiving public assistance. The provision was added to HB 487 on the morning of May 15, 2012, and is expected to pass the Senate Read more…

    Drug Policy
  • 05.15.12

    Elections Complaint Law Would Chill Political Speech

    ACLU Urges Legislators to Reject Law Creating Harsh Penalties for ‘False’ Political Speech

    COLUMBUS – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio will testify today before the Ohio House State Government and Elections Committee opposing House Bill 315. The legislation will dramatically increase the penalties levied by the Ohio Elections Commission (OEC) for “false speech” complaints. Under current Ohio law, individuals can file complaints with the OEC if Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 05.07.12

    ACLU Calls on Ohio Legislators to Restore Early Voting for 2012

    Presents Testimony at Congressional Hearing on Ohio Voting Law

    CLEVELAND – Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is calling on state legislators to restore early in-person voting in the days leading up to the November 2012 election. These early voting days were eliminated in a wave of voter suppression legislation in 2011. Despite the possibility that state legislators may repeal HB 194, Read more…

    Voting Rights
  • 05.02.12

    ACLU Questions Timing of Occupy Cleveland’s Permit Revocation

    Mayor’s Decision Seems to Connect Movement to Bomb Plot

    CLEVELAND- Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio questioned the timing of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s decision to oust Occupy Cleveland from their current location on Public Square. The ACLU expressed concern that Jackson’s announcement is an attempt to connect the entire Occupy Cleveland movement with a group of five individuals who were arrested Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 04.24.12

    Secrecy Continues for JobsOhio

    Legislation Shields Former Development Department from Public

    COLUMBUS- Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio testified before the House State Government and Elections Committee on House Bill 489, which would create additional loopholes in open meetings and public records laws. HB 489 is a follow up to a 2011 law that established JobsOhio, a non-profit organization that replaced the former Ohio Read more…

    Open Government
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