Citizens At the Statehouse for Meetings – Nadera, Kedarj, Deana, Dawn
Citizens At the Statehouse for Meetings – Deana, Dr. Ravi, Nadera, Scott
Citizens At the Statehouse for Meetings – Deana, Kedarji, Nadera, Scott
SAY NO TO VACCINE PASSPORTS!
Representative Al Cutrona, district 59 Ohio, will introduce a bill shortly to outlaw vaccine passports in the state of Ohio. We can’t emphasize enough how important the passage of such a bill is (go here to view more info about what a vaccine passport is).
We want to front end Al’s efforts to introduce this bill. Please call and email your the elected state lawmakers in your district and express the following two points:
- Vaccine passports in Ohio are absolutely unacceptable. Not only will they lead to discrimination and a second class citizenry under a medical apartheid, but there is every reason to distrust how my private information and medical records will be mined by Big Tech and other corporations to line their pockets at the expense of my rights and privacy.
- Even though Governor Dewine has said he will not mandate vaccine passports in the state, he has lied to us before. Also, we don’t know who will occupy the Governor’s seat when Dewine is no longer in office. Therefore, we need a strong bill now that outlaws such passports in Ohio.
ADDITIONAL, IMPORTANT ENGAGEMENT CAMPAIGNS
- Senate Bill 22 – This bill was passed by the general assembly with a veto override and is now law. It will go into affect in 90 days.
However, it has been brought to our attention that Governor Dewine has an option that he has exercised in the past, to ask his prominent donors to bring a lawsuit against this bill, under the premise that it violates their health needs, etc. The Governor has 90 days to instigate such a lawsuit. If that happens, SB 22 would be tied up in the courts before it takes affect as law.
We have always said that the real issue to be addressed is that Ohio Revised Code 3701.13 and 3701.14, laws passed giving the Governor and the State Health Department sweeping powers in a declared state of emergency, are in opposition to our state Constitution which states:
§1d Laws providing for tax levies, appropriations for the current expenses of the state government and state institutions, and emergency laws necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health or safety, shall go into immediate effect. Such emergency laws upon a yea and nay vote must receive the vote of two thirds of all the members elected to each branch of the General Assembly, and the reasons for such necessity shall be set forth in one section of the law, which section shall be passed only upon a yea and nay vote, upon a separate roll call thereon.
Clearly, the Governor’s declared state of emergency for the last 13 months is unconstitutional. The challenge is that a dangerous precedent has been set in the state legislature allowing Dewine and state and local health departments to make mandates under ORC 3701.13 ND 3701.14 in opposition to our Constitution. Constitutional attorneys have told us that there is a legal precedent that can only be addressed in one of two ways:
- Take the Governor and state and local health departments to court to have a judge decide on the constitutionality of these codes or;
- Insist that the state legislature move to repeal these codes and any other codes that are not in alignment with our state Constitution.
Of the two, the latter is preferred We are in discussion with state legislators about proceeding with number two above. BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP.
Contact the legislators in your district now to insist that they address this by repealing and replacing 3701.13 and 3701.14 of the ORC to stop the Governor’s overreach using powers not delegated to the Executive branch, so that the balance of powers in our government, the majority of which belong to the state legislature, can be restored.
Call and Email Today
Sample Call Script:
“Hello, I am calling to urge ____ to sponsor, co-sponsor and/or support the repeal of ORC 3701.13 and 3701.14 that are in violation of the Ohio State Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Paragraph D, in order to restore the balance of powers and reign in the Governor’s overreach in the present, continued state of emergency. [your brief impact statement of how the prolonged Covid state of emergency is negatively impacting your life – state here]. No law is higher than that or our Constitution. And, in states of emergency, my constitutional rights don’t become less important. They are more important. Therefore I urge ____ to take up action to address this violation of our Constitution.”
[your full name and address]
[your phone number (optional but helps – sometimes legislative aides do call to hear more from us]
Dear [your elected officials name],
[your brief impact statement of how the prolonged Covid state of emergency is negatively impacting your life]
I am calling to urging you to sponsor, co-sponsor and/or support the repeal of ORC 3701.13 and 3701.14 that are in violation of the Ohio State Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Paragraph D, in order to restore the balance of powers and reign in the Governor’s overreach in the present, continued state of emergency. [your brief impact statement of how the prolonged Covid state of emergency is negatively impacting your life – state here]. No law is higher than that or our Constitution. And, in states of emergency, my constitutional rights don’t become less important. They are more important. Therefore I urge you, as my elected representative, to take up action to address this violation of our Constitution.”
[your closing here]
OUR NEXT ACTION ALERT: HB 90 IS AN EVEN BETTER BILL THAN SB 22. HB 90 has been tabled, temporarily and will be revived in the Governor mounts legal action to contest SB 22.
WATCH THIS PAGE FOR THE NEXT ACTION ALERT!