Category Archives: House of Representatives

Pro 2nd Amendment bills needs support now!

On April 13, Senate Bill 17 (Restaurant Carry) and SB 61 (Restoration of Rights) both passed out of the Ohio Senate. SB 17 passed with a 25-7 margin and SB 61 passed with a 27-5 margin. These are not “radical” bills as the media and anti-2nd amendment crowd would love for you to believe. In fact, they are quite the opposite.

SB 17, sponsored by Senator Tim Schaffer (R), will allow citizens who hold a valid concealed handgun license (CHL) to carry a firearm in restaurants. To do so, license holders may not consume any alcohol and must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. According to, 42 states (including every state that borders Ohio) allow non-drinking license holders to carry firearms in restaurants. The bill also reduces burdensome restrictions regarding how a license holder must transport a firearm in a car. Currently, Ohio is the only state to place such complex limitations on license holders. This bill is the same as SB239 from last session, but it adds a provision to provide a way for people who were convicted of improperly transporting a firearm under the current law to receive relief if they would have been in compliance under the law as amended in SB17.

SB 61, sponsored by Senator Jason Wilson (D) aligns Ohio law with federal statutes regarding the restoration of rights to Ohio firearms purchasers.

Ken Hanson, Legislative Chair of Buckeye Firearms Association, said, “These bills address three important issues facing Ohio gun owners and concealed carry license holders and seek to align Ohio law with federal law and the laws of our surrounding states.”

However, the bill is now held up in the House of Representatives. According to the Ohio Liberty Council,

“Restaurant Carry (Senate Bill 17) is stuck in the Ohio House waiting for a vote because we have some rather “weak-kneed” house Republicans that need some “encouragement” from their freedom-loving constituents.”

In order to get the bill up for a May 2 vote, supporters of gunowner rights need to let their representatives know they support the two bills. The Ohio Liberty Council has establish a webpage form making it easy to do so. The webpage can be accessed at

Healthcare Boondoggle

By Jarrod Martin, Representative of the 70th Ohio House District

At the hands of your “representatives” in Washington, a $940 billion health care spending bill will skyrocket your taxes, diminish care services and expand the federal government’s control over your personal decisions. Are you willing to sacrifice more of your hard-earned money, as well as your liberties that are guaranteed by the Constitution, to satisfy Congress’s spending spree they call reform?

The political elites believe that inundating families and small businesses with taxes, penalties, mandates and bureaucratic red tape is the right course of action in this recession. However, as a fiscal conservative I believe that we cannot fix a deficit by accruing more debt, nor can we fix our nation’s spending problem with more spending.

After receiving feedback from the residents of the 70th Ohio House District, I’ve found that our community, just like other communities across the nation, believes that America’s health care system needs to be reformed. However, this partisan, corrupt bill that caters to special interests is not the “change” that any of us want.

America and especially Ohio does not want or need a multitrillion-dollar entitlement program that entails backroom deals, special interests, intimidation tactics and dishonest circumventing of a fair democratic process. We don’t want a bill in which the only bipartisanship was in the opposition-especially a bill that allows the government to now control one-sixth of the American economy.

What hard-working Ohioans do want is a government that is accountable and transparent. It is important that elected officials fight to preserve the people’s rights and freedoms, while still working to protect the most vulnerable among us.

Here in Ohio, the aftermath of this bill will be profound. We will likely see accelerated job loss when small businesses that cannot afford the new government mandates eliminate more jobs just to make ends meet. With an $8 billion deficit fast approaching in the next budget, it is crucial that lawmakers take steps now to not only avoid undue costs and mandates, but also become more conscious of our spending habits.

Although the Ohio legislature has no control over federal bills and was unable to stop the passage of the health care bill, House Republicans are working to ensure that new pricey mandates will not be imposed on the people of Ohio. We are urging the passage of two pieces of legislation, House Joint Resolution 3 and House Bill 489, to protect the freedom of Ohioans to make their own health care decisions. Specifically, these measures will help prevent individuals from being forced to buy into any particular health care plan according to our state policies. I cosponsored both of these proposals because I believe that although we certainly need to improve the affordability and accessibility of health care, this bill will unnecessarily raise costs at a time when families and businesses can least afford them.

The American people would have greatly benefited from a bipartisan effort to improve our health care system with the best ideas both Democrats and Republicans could bring to the table. I will continue to defend your family’s concerns as I fight to hold down the tax burden and protect your liberties from Washington’s growing control.

Ohio Governor Strickland Signs Umbilical Cord Blood Bill

On March 31, 2010, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland signed H.B. 102. The new law, which was sponsored by Rep. Todd Book (D, McDermott), requires the Ohio Department of Health to place printable information on umbilical cord blood banking and donation on its website. The Department of Health also will encourage health care professionals to provide the information to pregnant women.

H.B. 102 passed the Ohio Senate by a vote of 32-0 on March 24, 2010. The Ohio House then voted 97-0 to concur in the Senate amendments to the bill. Umbilical cord blood is an ethical and non-controversial source of stem cells that can be obtained with no risk to the mother or child. Stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood have been used to successfully treat over 70 diseases including sickle cell anemia, leukemia, and lymphoma. Unfortunately, most umbilical cord blood is currently being discarded after birth.

Banking cord blood for personal or family use with a private bank can involve significant expense. However, donations to public cord blood banks involve no expense for the donor.

“We are delighted that Ohio has adopted this important life-saving legislation,” said Mike Gonidakis, Executive Director of Ohio Right to Life. “By Improving public awareness about cord blood donation, this law should increase the number and diversity of cord blood donations and thus increase the number of patients who can obtain the match they need,” Gonidakis said.

The new law takes effect in 90 days.

Source:Ohio Right to Life, 4/1/10

Fee Increases Are Not A Budget Solution

by Representative Jarrod B. Martin

Ohio’s economic crisis has presented lawmakers with the unique opportunity to examine state spending, rein in costs and create a more efficient, effective government structure. However, many of Ohio’s leaders chose to maintain the tax-and-spend status quo by placing a heavier financial burden on the people of our state.

Instead of creating a sustainable state budget, Governor Strickland and House Democrats raised taxes and created more than 150 new fines, fees and penalties to support Ohio’s ever-growing government spending. Specifically, these fees will affect each and every Ohioan because they will be imposed on everything from court costs and birth certificates to real estate licenses and hospice applications.

One way the Democrats are nickel-and-diming their way to a balanced budget is through a $20 late fee for renewing your vehicle registration and driver’s license. Since October, 400,000 individuals have been forced to pay this late fee, which has fattened the budget by more than $6 million to benefit the tax and spend party that is in control.

In times of economic hardship, state government should shrink its spending to fit its means, not grab at constituents’ pocketbooks to feed its growth. For this reason, I cosponsored legislation to repeal this $20 BMV late fee on motor vehicle registrations, driver’s licenses and motorcycle endorsements. House Bill 428, introduced by Representatives Ron Amstutz and Terry Boose, has bipartisan support in the House and will help keep Ohio’s government accountable to the public.

It is my belief that the government should serve the people, not the other way around. The day we start squeezing petty dollars out of hardworking families is the day we should finally commit to cost-saving measures to rein in state spending. There is no excuse to justify robbing the taxpayers of money that could have been used to put food on the table or help pay their bills-especially when there are so many alternatives on the table.

Since the beginning of the General Assembly, House Republicans have proposed numerous bills that would streamline state spending, reduce Medicaid waste and audit state agencies. Most of all, these bills would hold Ohio’s elected officials accountable for their expenditures and ensure that each dollar spent has a dollar’s return. Together, our bills would increase government efficiency by saving the taxpayers more than $1 billion annually, which would not only put our state on track toward a balanced budget but also eliminate the temptation to raid the wallets of our constituents.

Ohio has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. It is long overdue that state leaders stop pilfering money from individuals who are just trying to make an honest living and provide for their families. As always, I will continue the fight for an accountable, efficient state government.

House Speaker Budish Reverses Decision About Teen Recognition

Facing mounting criticism over his ill-considered decision to prohibit
pro-life Shelby County teen Elisabeth Trisler from receiving a routine legislative honor, House Speaker Armond Budish (D-Beechwood) today did an about face. Trisler was scheduled to receive a resolution from her state representative, John Adams (R-Sidney), honoring her accomplishment as the National Right to Life Oratory Contest winner. However, Budish blocked the award presentation. He argued that honoring the teen was too controversial. Budish supports abortion.

In a news release Monday, Ohio Right to Life first brought attention to the issue. Executive Director Mike Gonidakis asked Budish to reconsider his decision. He was joined by several pro-life members of the General Assembly led by Rep. Adams.

“Speaker Budish recently called me to convey his change of heart and I thanked him on behalf of the pro-life community,” said Gonidakis. “Blocking speech because you don’t like what someone is saying or what they stand for goes against the very fabric of who we are as Americans. And, while the speaker got there the hard way,
at least he got there.”

Source: Ohio Right To Life, February 10, 2010

Ohio House Speaker Dishonors Teen: Unending Leftist Bigotry

In an unprecedented act of partisanship, House Speaker Armond Budish (D-Beechwood) denied Shelby County teen Elisabeth Trisler a legislative honor routinely presented to others. Budish is refusing to allow Trisler on the House floor to accept a legislative resolution. The resolution, authored by Rep. John Adams (R-Sidney), honors her accomplishment as the National Right to Life Oratory Contest winner. Such honorary resolutions are routinely presented at the start of Ohio House legislative sessions to constituents, including those who win athletic championships or academic contests.

“Surely Speaker Budish can put aside his partisanship for 10 minutes to honor the accomplishments of talented and optimistic teenage girl,” said Ohio Right to Life Executive Director Mike Gonidakis. “Perhaps his real message to Ohio’s teens is that excelling in public speaking isn’t worth being honored if their views are different than his.”
Trisler won the National Right to Life Oratory Contest held at the NRLC Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in June, 2009. During the second half of 2009, Rep. Adams’s office worked to schedule the presentation of Trisler’s proclamation on the House floor, as is typical of such awards. The presentation was scheduled for Wednesday, February 3, 2010.

However, on January 29th, the House Clerk informed Rep. Adams’s office the presentation was canceled because the Speaker “had a problem with the subject matter.” The Clerk advised the representative’s staff to take the matter up with the Speaker. Speaker Budish supports abortion.

“The Ohio House chamber is a monument to the importance of oratory and persuasion on the great issues facing our state,” added Gonidakis. “Silencing someone because you disagree is a terrible lesson to teach teens. The Speaker should reconsider his unfortunately petty decision.”

“The Ohio House of Representatives is known as the ‘people’s house’,” said State Representative John Adams. “It is an outrage that Speaker Budish has decided to politicize and deny the presentation of a proclamation honoring national pro-life award on the House floor that was previously approved by the Speaker,” Adams said.

Source: Ohio Right to Life, February 8, 2010

State Represeentative Jarrod Martin Sponsors Ohio Restaurant Concealed Firearm Carry Bill

In another November 24 press release, Ohio Representative Jarrod Martin announced his support for the Restaurant Concealed Firearm Carry Bill, HB 203.

The release states that both Representative Jarrod Martin (R-Beavercreek) and Representative Danny R. Bubp (R- West Union) gave sponsor testimony in support of House Bill 203 to the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee.

The bill would allow Ohioans who possess their concealed carry permit the ability to go into a restaurant who has its liquor license, so long as the person carrying the weapon is not consuming alcohol.

Representative Martin illustrated in his testimony the need for the bill by referring to a case in Tennessee this past April. A man was brutally gunned down in front of his wife who had her concealed permit but was unable to bring her gun into the establishment because Tennessee state law prohibits it.

“House Bill 203 gives responsible citizens a choice that Mrs. Goeser did not have.” Martin said in his testimony. “It gives them the peace of mind in knowing that they possess a deterrent force and it allows our citizens the opportunity to protect themselves and potentially prevent cases of violence like what was encountered that night in Tennessee.”

Currently, 42 other states including all those that border Ohio allow their citizens to carry in a restaurant that has a liquor license.

“This is simply a common sense, necessary fix to Ohio’s concealed carry laws,” Martin said. “When it comes to having a responsible armed citizen or an armed criminal next to me in a restaurant where alcohol is permitted to be served, I know which one I would feel safer standing next to.”

SCR 15, Ohio Cap & Trade Resolution

Before the 4th of July break, the Ohio Senate passed concurrent resolution S.C.R. 15 by a vote of 21-11. S.C.R. 15 is a concurrent resolution opposing Cap and Trade legislation being proposed in the U.S. Congress. it has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives but not in the Senate.

President Barack Obama proposed this legislative scheme to Congress that would establish a specific limit or cap on greenhouse gas emissions. Emitters of green house gases would be required to purchase government credits (tax credit) until the cap is met after which, emitters would be allowed to sell or trade their remaining credits (tax) to others.

So why is the Ohio Senate against this method of reducing carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions? Didn’t they do the same to the automobile industry? Yes, and cars now cost as much as much as houses once did.

The following are the reasons why the Ohio Senate opposes the federal government’s cap and trade bill. Increased taxation by means of cost inflation is the first reason.

Companies that are required to participate in the cap and trade program will ultimately pass the cost of participation in the program on to consumers. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that price increases resulting from a 15% cut in greenhouse gas emissions would cost the average household between 1.7% to 3.3% of its after-tax income every year, with households in the bottom fifth of the income scale losing the largest share of income.

In addition to pushing costs up on most consumer goods, it would severely impact the cost of energy to all Ohio businesses and citizens.

The combustion of coal produces more than 50% of the electricity generated in the United States, with Ohio receiving more than 85% of its electricity from coal. Thus, the cap and trade program will result in massive increases in energy costs for all consumers because the cost to produce electricity from coal will be markedly higher. The increased energy costs will disproportionally impact states in the middle part of the United States such as Ohio that are more reliant on coal. The Congressional Budget Office has acknowledged that these increases in energy costs will effectively act as a regressive tax affecting every household in the nation, with a disproportionate effect on poorer families.

The Senate also recognizes that the federal government would gain billions of dollars at the huge expense to Ohio consumers and workers.

The cap and trade program will result not only in a massive windfall of hundreds of billions of dollars for the federal government through the sale of emissions credits, but also in the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs. The program ultimately will not result in the overall global decrease of greenhouse gas emissions because many industries that emit greenhouse gas will merely relocate to countries with less stringent standards.

The solution proposed by the Ohio Senate is simple:

[E]nact legislation that encourages states to establish and develop their own renewable energy portfolio standards.

The Ohio legislature has already proposed and enacted legislation toward this goal several years ago. Requiring energy providers to use clean energy technology and provide Ohio consumers a set percentage of clean energy was one enactment. This and other aspects of Ohio’s energy plan renders cleaver taxation scheme of Obama and Democrats redundant and counter-productive.

In light iof these facts, one has to agree with the Ohio Freedom Alliance that the passage of S.C.R. is a victory for Ohio. It is an important step to stopping the federal government from furthering a form of taxation without representation.

The next step is for the Ohio House of Representative to pass their version of the anti- Cap & Trade Resolution H.C.R. 25.

A better way to balance State budget than cut services to the poor, elderly, and library patrons : HB 25/SB 52 Reorganizing Ohio’s Executive Branch

In April, Gov. Strickland issued an executive order to reduce and control spending. In May, the office of Budget and Management estimated an additional budget shortfall would exceed $900. In response to this assessment, Gov. Strickland made the following statement:

“The national recession continues to present historic economic challenges for every state and Ohio is no exception. Even though we have reduced state government spending by nearly $2 billion this biennium, we are now faced with even steeper revenue shortages. Addressing the challenges before us will require extraordinary collaboration and bipartisan consensus-building among the state’s elected leadership. I know that we can work together to make the tough choices necessary to maintain a balanced budget while continuing to invest in education and job-creation that will lead to Ohio’s economic revival.

Did the governor mean state jobs or private sector jobs? Earlier this month, Gov. Strickland said state government must be reduced by another $2 billion to balance the budget. To accomplish this, he has closed mental health facilities and other facilities, reduce staff to Reagan era numbers, and reduced budgets of most state agencies. State employees have voluntarily sacrificed further increases in pay for several years. After all of these fiscally responsible steps, a budget deficit of $3.2 billion still exists.

I suppose that is why Gov. Strickland proposes additional cuts to local library budgets. The deficit probably accounts for a number of proposed cut is services for the poor and elderly as well.

In his last press release, Gov. Strickland repeatedly said, “We must resize the government.” Of course, he means the cuts to agency budgets and some of their personnel. What he doesn’t mean is downsizing the executive branch itself. Yet, there are concurrent bill in both House and Senate committees that will do just that. In February, Representatives Jarrod Martin and Robert Hackett cosponsored HB 25 and Senator Timothy Grendell is the sponsor of SB 52. (Where is Senator Chris Widener?) If these bills would pass, at least $2 of the $3.2 billion would be realized.

Yes, it would be limited-government advocates dream come true. The 20 cabinet-level agencies would be consolidated into 10 cabinet-level departments.

Yes, it would actually reflect the downsizing occurring throughout the private sector as well.

According to analysis by the Ohio Legislative Service Commission, the bill would not “affect the provision of services by and operations of political subdivisions.” Because government is notorious for inefficiency anyway, the disruption of some services during the transition is bound to occur. Nevertheless, less bureaucracy means less waste and (god-forbid) less taxation.

Although Gov. Strickland still says he doesn’t want to raise new taxes, his comrades on Capitol Hill and elsewhere are creating a New Deal Era economic crisis requiring more taxes and more national debt to justify the enlargement of the federal powers and further the Left’s goal of a fully socialist-Marxist economy. Maybe that t is why loyal party member Strickland is in the key position in a key state.

This federally-driven economic crisis is even more reason for getting Ohio legislators to pass HB25/SB52 to consolidate the executive branch and meet the balance budget. If we can achieve it in Ohio, we can also achieve it at the federal level too. “Yes we can!”

State Representative Jarrod Martin Co-sonsors Bill to Decrease Legislature’s and Other Statewide Office Holders Saleries

On June 4, Representative Jarrod B. Martin (R-Beavercreek) co-sponsored legislation that will cut the salaries of all state level elected officials, with the exception of members of the judiciary, by five percent (5%). The legislation is joint sponsored by Seth Morgan (R-Huber Heights) and Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) and has bi-partisan co-sponsor support of 30 additional representatives (29 Republicans, 1 Democrat).

Martin said, “The state budget is tight and Ohio families are cutting back; the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association representing about 35,000 employees took a cut in pay, we felt that it is only right that we do our part to pitch in.”

Due to the constitutional issues related to changing salaries of elected officials, the bill, if passed, would take effect upon the election or re-election of the affected office holders.

The legislation has a “sunset” provision that would rescind the provisions when the State of Ohio reaches State Domestic Product growth of two and one half percent (2.5%) or more in 2 of 3 consecutive years.

Martin added, “I believe it is very reasonable to have the policy-makers salaries correlated to the success of the state.”