Tomorrow Senate Bill 5 is going to get an additional committee hearing. Unfortunately testimony will be limited to people who signed up before last Thursday.

While this technically isn’t against the rules, the decision does seem irresponsible on the part of the Chairman. Given the importance of this bill, the massive impact it would have on Ohio’s middle class workers, the level of debate it is receiving in the press and the huge demonstrations against it – you would think the committee would attempt to get as much input as possible before voting on it.

It comes across as an attempt on the part of the Republican leadership to stifle testimony for a bill they are already having a hard time getting their own committee members to support.

Here’s the memo from Bacon:

MEMORANDUM

TO: Members of the Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee
FROM: Senator Kevin Bacon, Chairman
DATE: February 18, 2011
RE: Meeting Dates and Agenda
For Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
South Hearing Room
4:00 p.m.

SB 5 (Sen. Jones) Revisions to Collective Bargaining Law 4th Hearing
Opponent Testimony
Proponent Testimony

NOTE: Testimony will be limited to those individuals who had contacted the Chairman’s office prior to the Feb. 17th hearing. We request that an electronic copy of the testimony be provided to the Chairman’s office by noon on Monday, February 21, 2010.

In anticipation of another large turnout, we ask that the witnesses first report to the Grant Hearing Room (110) at 3:00 p.m.

cc: Senate Clerk, House Clerk, Press Room, Sgt-At-Arms, Interested parties, LSC Staff

And here’s the response from Senate Minority leader Cafaro:

CAFARO Hearings

 
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  • Gary Ruppert

    The fact is, we won, you lost, libs. You should shut up because Freedom is back in charge. SB5 makes Ohio competitive by giving Workers a Choice, unlike liberals who want them to be marxist like Hitler.

  • Anastasjoy

    This is one Kevin Bacon I’d like to be more than six degrees separated from.

  • pragmatic_one

    Wow. You used ‘libs’, ‘freedom’, ‘choice’, ‘marxist’ and ‘Hitler’ all in one short 2 sentence paragraph. And you used them all inaccurately, historically and otherwise!! Looks like Glen Beck U is finally some turning out some graduates.

  • Papakaiz

    Sure sounds like freedom is back in charge. Sounds more like, If you have an opposite point of view, shut up. We’ll tell you when you can speak, what to think, and how to think it. Yes, I can sure tell freedom is back in charge, right along with freedom of the press, freedom of choice, and the most annoying, freedom of the press.

  • Annekarima

    Ah folks, play nice today. We have a constitutional right to peaceful demonstration. I read yesterday that the no firearms allowed signs in Wisconsin did not come out until the Tea Partiers showed up. So to all of you who plan to show up today, Bella Ciao!

  • Annekarima

    Ah folks, play nice today. We have a constitutional right to peaceful demonstration. I read yesterday that the no firearms allowed signs in Wisconsin did not come out until the Tea Partiers showed up. So to all of you who plan to show up today, Bella Ciao!

  • Anonymous

    What is that choice? Seriously. How does taking away their ability to negotiate their pay, benefits, etc. GIVING them choice?

    How does this “one size fits all, top-down, State government knows best” bill that takes away individuals’ right to have choice in health insurance GIVE, and not TAKE away choices?

  • Adrienne

    Thanks for the info Joseph, you mis-typed Chairman.

  • Guest

    Guess I’ll be saying “just say no to Bacon” a lot

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