Representative Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) announced that his bill, House Bill 36, known as the Ohio Pastor Protection Act has passed the Ohio House of Representatives with a 61-29 bi-partisan majority vote. It is a simple bill that provides that no ordained minister or church property can be sued if they do not wish to have their property used for ceremonies or activities that are contrary to that faith communities’ deeply held religious beliefs.
There are 250 children illegally crossing into the United States daily. Most of them will eventually be released into our country along with those who we think are their parents. I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about this in the news, but I have a personal perspective that I would like to share.
A line has been drawn in the political sand. Democrats want more gun control and even to confiscate our guns. Republicans have traditionally supported our right to bear arms. However, some Republicans like Governor John Kasich and Representative Michael Henne have crossed the line and introduced a new gun control bill, House Bill 585, the Kasich- Henne Gun Control Act.
Earlier this week Representatives Ron Hood (R-78) and Nino Vitale (R-85) introduced The Ohio Life at Conception Act, which is the most comprehensive pro-life legislation that has been introduced in Ohio since that passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973
The Florida school shooting has been on all of our minds and a weight on our hearts. This is one of many tragic events, and unfortunately, it will not be the last. While many on both sides of the political aisle want a quick solution, usually involving more or less gun control, I think we need to better understand the root causes. We need to understand that when we no longer honor God and His laws, we cannot honor our neighbor or ourselves.
A small few have criticized my decision to vote against raising the Health Insuring Corporation (HIC) tax. Here is the backstory. The federal government decided to control and usurp states’ rights once again by determining that Ohio could no longer have a Medicaid Care Organization (MCO) tax. This MCO tax began when Obamacare and Medicaid expansion were put in place some seven years ago. Many in government have gotten used to using this MCO tax to fund local programs.
President Trump told voters he would remove the United States from agreements that he feels are harmful to America. But is the Paris Accord harmful? Much has been said about the Paris Accord. Yet, the people I speak with have not actually read the accord, nor looked into what America’s commitment would have been. Here are facts that I have discovered.
On Tuesday, May 2nd the Ohio House of Representatives passed the state operating budget (HB 49). While Representative Vitale (R-Urbana) found some good causes within the budget, as a conservative representative who promised to promote smaller, smarter government, he could not vote in favor of it.
There has been much discussion today about the drug problem. Most seem to want to focus on treating those with addiction. While treatment is very important, I hear very little about slowing or stopping the opioid problem, so we have less people who need treatment. There is no question we have some deeply troubling situations occurring. But why don’t talk more about prevention, so less Ohioans need expensive and reoccurring treatment?
It is with a sad heart that I write this today, part sad, part angry honestly. Large numbers of people have written to me on both the energy mandates and the Heartbeat Bill. As you likely heard, Governor Kasich vetoed several pieces of legislation, including the Heartbeat Bill and energy mandates legislation.