Rep. Kent Smith, House Democrats Reject An Amendment To Strip ODH Of Power During A Pandemic
Says GOP-led attack on state health director is a disgraceful abuse of power
May 06, 2020
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COLUMBUS—State Representative Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today released a statement following the dangerous and partisan attack on Dr. Amy Acton by House Republicans:  

“In the absence of a clear, national strategy to save American lives and protect American workers, the Ohio GOP is looking for someone to blame. Instead of advancing legislation to help Ohioans pay their rent, feed their families or keep first responders safe, the Ohio House Republicans, through a series of last minute amendments, wanted to weaken our state's public health defenses in the middle of a deadly, global pandemic,” Rep. Smith said.

“Regrettably, this is not the first time my Republican colleagues have advanced anti-science legislation that will end up hurting innocent people. Today's no votes were among the easiest I have ever cast as a member of the Ohio General Assembly.”

The amendment was attached to Senate Bill 1 in today’s State and Local Government Committee meeting without advance notice or any public testimony and was discharged from committee on a party-line vote, with all Democratic members voting against it.

The amended bill now goes to the Senate for a vote. 


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