COLUMBUS– Good riddance to the old legislative session that brought Ohioans such harmful provisions like voter identification requirements and terrorist loyalty oaths. As 2007 dawns and a new legislative session begins, officials have an opportunity to restore and protect the liberties that are critical to every Ohioan. Below is a list of the top New Years’ Resolutions the ACLU of Ohio hopes every Ohio lawmaker will adopt this year.

Implement sensible drug policies that support ex-offenders in becoming productive after prison.

Nurture our children with cervical-cancer immunizations at no or reduced cost.

Demand a study of Ohio’s death penalty to eliminate disparities between rich and poor, black and white.

Equalize education for all children regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, religion, or income in a safe environment.

Protect privacy and public records with passage of a bill strengthening Ohio’s Sunshine Laws.

Endorse domestic violence protections for all.

Negate racial profiling during traffic stops by collecting standardized data including race, gender and age.

Declare fair employment for all Ohioans regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Ensure all young people the right to counsel

Nix immigration hysteria and retain human rights for all.

Correct the election process for greater access, fairness and accuracy.

End the Ohio Patriot Act.