Commentary

  • 12.12.19

    Why We Now Oppose Senate Bill 3

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    Senate Bill 3 was introduced at the beginning of this legislative session, in early 2019.  Its unveiling was a welcome sign that perhaps Ohio may enjoy the benefits of the most significant sentencing/criminal justice reform bill in the past 8 years.  Unfortunately, criminal justice reform bills are a rare occurrence in the Ohio legislature.  So,more »

  • 12.09.19

    What’s Really Fraudulent about Our Elections

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    On Thursday, December 5, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose claimed 354 non-citizens either voted or were registered to vote last year, and he forwarded the names of those individuals to Attorney General Dave Yost for potential charges. Of the 354 reported, 77 of them cast ballots in 2018. 77. Now let’s put that intomore »

  • 12.09.19

    When It Comes to Voter Turnout, Ohio Youth Lags Behind

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    In 2008, President Barack Obama targeted Ohio youth when it came to gaining votes for the Democratic primary as he ran against Hillary Clinton. This, as it is obvious nearly a decade later, worked in his favor as he went on to serve for two terms as President. What many may not know is thatmore »

  • 12.04.19

    The “Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act” Explained

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        In March 2019, House Bill 164 aka “The Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act,” was introduced.  In November, it passed the Ohio House and is now on its way to the Senate. Recently, HB 164 has received lots of statewide and national attention.  This has led to some misconceptions about what this bill willmore »

  • 11.20.19

    Senate Bill 140 – Proponent Testimony (Written Only)

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    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on Senate Bill 140. This was delivered to the House Criminal Justice Committee on November 21, 2019. To Chairwoman Lang, Vice Chair Plummer, Ranking Member Leland, and members of the House Criminal Justice Committee, I write to express the ACLU of Ohio’s support for Senate Billmore »

  • 11.06.19

    House Bill 263 – Proponent Testimony

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    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on House Bill 263. This was delivered to the House Commerce & Labor Committee on November 6, 2019. To Chairwoman Manning, Vice Chair Dean, Ranking Member LePore­ Hagan, and members of the House Commerce & Labor Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present proponent testimonymore »

  • 11.01.19

    Everything You Need To Know About the Ohio Supreme Court’s Criminal Rule 46. FAQ!

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      Why is Criminal Rule 46 important? Criminal Rule 46 is the Rule of Practice and Procedure that provides all state courts with instructions regarding bail-setting procedures. This Rule therefore has the opportunity to implement bail reform across the state of Ohio. It could also choose to allow current practices to continue. Currently in Ohio,more »

  • 10.30.19

    How Halloween Inspired My Activism

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    For most people Halloween conjures up images of ghosts, monsters, and too much candy. For me, I’m taken back to a time I was growing my activist wings – even though I didn’t know it at the time. When I was nine, I petitioned my own city council. I could lie and say in themore »

  • 10.23.19

    Substitute Senate Bill 18 – Proponent Testimony

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    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on Sub. Senate Bill 18. This was delivered to the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 23, 2019. To Chairman Eklund, Vice Chair Manning, Ranking Member Thomas, and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present proponent testimony on Substitute Senate Billmore »

  • 10.22.19

    Senate Bill 155 – Opponent Testimony

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    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on Senate Bill 155. This was delivered to the Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee on October 22, 2019. To Chairman Burke, Vice Chair Huffman, Ranking Member Antonio, and members of the Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee, thank you for this opportunity tomore »