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Posted: 6/24/2021 12:49:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/24/2021 3:36:43 PM EDT by crazyelece]
ETA - Just got email from FASTER
CALL YOUR OHIO HOUSE MEMBER NOW!
The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that your school staff must have completed over 700 hours of OPOTA law-enforcement training to possess firearms in schools. Over one year ago, Senator Bill Coley introduced S.B. 317 which would have fixed the problem. It passed the Ohio Senate last year, but the House never acted on it. The language was amended into another bill and was passed by the Senate who recognized the critical nature of the issue, but again the House failed to act and it died.
At the start of this session, almost six months ago Representative Thomas Hall introduced H.B. 99 which addresses the ruling. H.B. 99 was immediately assigned to the Criminal Justice Committee chaired by Representative Jeff LaRe. There have been multiple meetings, discussion and hearings on this bill BUT NO ACTION!
Currently, the House is poised to leave for the summer
without acting on this most important pieces of legislation.
Add the words “Section 109.78 does not apply” to section 2923.122 of the Ohio Revised Code.
That is it. Nothing else. It really is that simple. It could be done in any bill, but the House has other priorities. Actions speak louder than words. Sadly through their actions, the Ohio House clearly believes that everything else they have done is more important to them than the safety of your staff and the innocent children in our schools.
It’s time to let the House know how you feel about their inaction.
HB99 must be passed with NO AMENDMENTS
Chairman Jeff LaRe
Speaker Bob Cupp
You should also reach out to your local state Representative!
They must not neglect the safety of your schools until after summer break.
You can search for your specific Representative here: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislators/district-maps
There is discussion of amendments adding requirements and restrictions on School Board’s authority to set the rules and policy in their schools. None of those ideas make schools safer and none of them should be added to H.B. 99.
Ohio has had model legislation going back to last century and we have done more on this topic than anyone over the last decade. That has just been cast aside. It’s time the legislature act to resolve this issue before the next active killer targets our schools, churches, or other buildings.
As always please email or phone with any questions
FASTER Saves Lives
I think the hope was the Ohio Supreme Court would allow teachers and staff with an Ohio CHL to be armed.
Apparently there are other parts of the ORC that apply. The legislature will need to make those changes and they will need to hear from us first.
Just heard from FASTER, edit in OP
fire mission to hit the state reps
Hit the committee chairman Jeff LaRe, Speaker Bob Cupp and your local house member
hit, hit, and hit.
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