Ohio Republicans are planning to hold committee hearings on HB 151, State Rep Roegner’s private sector anti-union bill, and HJR5, a bill that could effectively add anti-union language the Ohio constitution through a ballot initiative, in the Ohio House today.

Recent actions by Ohio’s Republicans could make it more difficult for opponents of the anti-union bills like HB151 to gather signatures for a referendum and to rally at the Ohio Statehouse in opposition to the bills.

The last time Republicans put a so-called Right-to-Work (for less) amendment on the ballot was 1958.  That year, Republicans lost control of the Ohio House and Senate and nearly every statewide office.

 

 
  • James McDonald

    i see the repubs are back to bait and switch again. making people think its done but obviously still havent learned thier lessons from last time. as much as they spout about freedom they seem to be literally going out of thier way to ensure we cant express our freedoms to veto any moronic law they try to ram through. amazing how they talk about the constitution but conviently ignore it when its pointed out what they are doing is unethical if not illegal.

  • pb_dirtgirl

    so at the exact same time the House was holding this dog and pony show, the Senate was passing budget amendments that could shut down abortion clinics and would expand the school voucher program in the state.

    what was the term again, shock and awe? don’t be distracted by the shiny object, kids.

  • Mike Evans

    One of the best questions of the day, which committee chair Kirk Schuring would not allow to be answered, was posed by Rep. Letson to the bill sponsors, Rep. Roegner and Rep. Maag: (paraphrased) “So, you believe that because some of your polls show that a majority (54%) of Ohioans support right to work laws that we should pass these bills? Do you then also believe that because a majority of Ohioans (almost 80%) support background checks for gun buyers that we should pass similar bills?”
    A similar questions that would have struck home with Rep. Roegner would have asked about support for laws that enforce carbon taxes on big polluting companies (which the vast majority of Americans support). Roegner’s husband, Eric Roegner, is the Chief Operating Officer for Alcoa, one of the world’s biggest polluters in the U.S. with a dismal record of compliance with the clean air act. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce (surprise!).

  • dmoore2222

    Once again Ohio is moving backwards under republicans. Who would ever think that having a low wage economy would ever be a good thing? Don’t they realize that working and middle class people buy stuff that keeps other people working. If they can anyway. But this race to the bottom is putting more and more people in a basic subsistance status. I thought republicans were supposed to know all about business dynamics.

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