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We will be posting important information about legislation that you should be aware of and you may want to contact your legislators about. We will provide you with actions to take by calling or e-mailing your State Legislators or Congressmembers - along with Best Practices and scripts. You must let them hear your opinion on issues important to you! This is easy to do! Let's get started!

You can send e-mails or make phone calls at any time - day or night! You can leave a message on their office answering machine when you call. Staff members will document your opinions and let your legislator know your point of view. Best Practice: A short, concise message; no venting. Best Practice: No matter how or when you contact your legislator, always let them know you are a voting constituent, your name and what your zip code is. If you would like for them to respond back to you with their position on issues, tell them you would like a response and give them your full name, address, city and zip code.

Even if Senator Brown and Congresswoman Kaptur have already signed onto a bill, please contact them to THANK them for supporting bills you also support! They always appreciate hearing from constituents!

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown:

By E-mail:

  • Click here for link

By Phone:

  • Cincinnati: (513) 684-1021
  • Cleveland: (216) 522-7272
  • Columbus: (614) 469-2083
  • Lorain: (440) 242-4100
  • Washington DC: (202) 224-2315
  • Toll Free Ohio only: 1-888-896-6446 (OHIO)

U.S. Senator Rob Portman:

By E-mail:

  • Click here for link

By Phone:

  • Cincinnati:(513) 684-3265
  • Cleveland: (216) 522-7095
  • Columbus: (614) 469-6774
  • Toledo: (419) 259-3895
  • Washington DC: (202) 224-3353
  • Toll Free Ohio Only: 1-800-205-6446 (OHIO) 

U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-9):

By E-mail:

  • Click here for link.

By Phone:

  • Cleveland:  (216) 767-5933
  • Lorain: (440) 288-1500
  • Toledo: (419) 259-7500
  • Washington DC: (202) 225-4146
  • Toll Free Ohio Only: 1-800-964-4699

State Senator Theresa Gavarone-R (D-2):

By E-mail:

  • Click here for link.

By Phone:

  • (614) 466-8060

State Representative DJ Swearingen-R (D-89):

By E-mail:

  • Click here for link.

By Phone:

  • (614) 644-6011

ISSUES

U.S. Senate:

Voting Rights are being threatened in many states across the nation. More than 360 bills with restrictive provisions have been introduced in 47 states. We must continue to combat this. Tell our Senators that they must support S-1, the For the People Act and S-4 John Lewis Voting Rights Act.

Message:

  • My name is __________.
  • My zip code is ___________.
  • Senator: I'm calling to ask you to vote in favor of SB1 - For The People Act and SB4 - The John Lewis Voting Rights Act.
  • These bills will: 
    • Protect our voting rights and enhance election security
    • Set standards so every voter, regardless of their race, age or zip code, has equal access to the ballot box
    • Stop unaccountable secret and special interest money from corrupting our politics
    • Strengthen ethics and conflict-of-interest laws for our elected and appointed government officials
    • End partisan gerrymandering
    • Restore the Voting Rights Act and strengthen the provisions in it to protect the freedom to vote for all Americans, particularly voters of color
    • Thank you for voting to protect our democracy!

The Filibuster in the past required senators to stand and talk for hours to block voting on legislation. Currently, a senator's staff member can simply send an email for the senator and can hold up legislation just stating in the email that the senator invoked cloture, which is the phrase to say that this is the process by which the senate will need 60 votes - or 2/3 of the senate - to basically use the filibuster. It is no longer a talking filibuster. At this point, it is basically 'pressing a button' where the other side needs 60 votes to pass any legislation. If President Biden and congressional Democrats want to pass their sweeping agenda, they are going to have to change the Senate’s filibuster rules.  It is time for the filibuster to be reformed.

Message:

  • My name is __________.
  • My zip code is ___________.
  • Senator: I'm calling to ask you to vote in favor of reforming the filibuster.
  • The filibuster was created to engender some degree of compromise between senators and their ideologies.
  • Currently, the filibuster allows senators to take measures 'hostage' with the hopes of securing concessions.
  • Going back to the original talking filibuster would require senators to actually talk on the floor of the senate if they want to delay whatever action is taking place.
  • It is time for the filibuster to be reformed so that partisan gridlock ends. Please vote FOR filibuster reform.
  • Thank you for taking the time to hear my concerns over this matter.

Ohio Senate:

SB16:  This is an anti-protest bill. It would allow organizers and/or organizations to be charged with second-degree felonies if an event they organize is deemed to be a ‘riot’ – there is no definition of what a ‘riot’ would be considered. It would criminalize four or more people blocking a street, sidewalk or other public passage, making such action a fifth-degree felony. The bill also criminalizes providing ‘material support’ including providing bottles of water, food and donations to organizations who organize a protest that turns destructive.

Message:
  • My name is __________.
  • My zip code is __________.
  • I am calling to ask you to oppose SB16.
  • This bill would encroach on peoples’ First Amendment Right – the freedom of speech, assembly, and the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
  • This bill would not allow citizens to video tape an incident between First Responders and other citizens (i.e. George Floyd incident) which could provide clear evidence of any wrongdoing of both parties.
  • Thank You for taking the time to hear my concerns regarding this matter and opposing SB16.

SB51: Would raise Ohio’s minimum wage to $15.00/hour. The minimum wage would be raised incrementally by $1.00 per year beginning January 1, 2022, every January 1 thereafter and by January 1, 2025 would be $15.00/hour. Every September after 2025, the wage rate will be adjusted. Specific workers who receive tips may be excluded. Please call your State Senator and State Senator Terry Johnson (614-466-8082) to ask him to pass SB 51 through committee.

Message:
  • My name is __________.
  • My zip code is __________.
  • I am calling that I support raising Ohio’s minimum wage to $15.00/hour.
  • All Ohioans have a right to a living wage that will support their families and provide them with more quality time with their families.
  • Low wages hurt all workers and are particularly harmful to Black workers and other workers of color, especially women of color, who make up a disproportionate share of workers who are severely underpaid.
  • Thank You for taking the time to hear my concern on this matter and moving this bill through committee for a full vote.

SB80/HB149: SB80 passed the Senate – 4.21.2021. It now heads to the House. Current law provides exceptions to all Ohio judicial candidates having party affiliation next to name on General Election ballot. SB80 mandates that only Ohio Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judicial candidates have party affiliation next to name on General Election ballot. The main sponsor of SB80 is Theresa Gavarone-R (D-2). A companion bill - HB149 - has been introduced in the State House by DJ Swearingen-R (D-89). The Ohio Judicial Conference and the Ohio State Bar Association for Legal Professionals are against both bills. 

SB87: To create an Asian American and Pacific Islander Commission. Please contact your State Senator and call Senator Kristina Roegner (614-466-4823) to ask her to give SB87 a hearing in her committee.

Message:
  • My name is __________.
  • My zip code is __________.
  • I’m calling to ask you to support the creation of an Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Commission to educate the public about AAPI people and cultures.
  • This commission would help #StopAsianHate in Ohio.
  • Thank You for taking the time to hear my concern about this matter.

Ohio House:

HB89: Current law states that a person carrying a gun in their car must promptly notify a Law Enforcement Officer that s/he is doing so if s/he is stopped. HB89 eliminates the word "promptly." 
 
Law enforcement is against this. They believe it puts both the officer and the driver at risk. Officers want to know - and should know - if someone is carrying a gun, so that they can make appropriate decisions in a timely manner.
 
Please contact State Representative DJ Swearingen (R) (contact info above) and State Representative Scott Wiggam (R), Chair/House State and Local Government Committee (contact info below):
Message:
  • My name is __________.
  • My zip code is __________.
  • I am calling in support of responsible gun ownership. 
  • Clear communication between Law Enforcement Officers and citizens must be encouraged in order to keep everyone safe when there are loaded weapons involved.  
  • Support responsible gun ownership and law enforcement responses.
  • HB-89 creates more risk for both officers and citizens.
  • I join the State Highway Patrol and Ohio Buckeye Sheriffs Association in saying: “Please vote against this bill in its current form.”
  • Thank You for taking the time to hear my concern about this matter.

HB149: Current law provides exceptions to all Ohio judicial candidates having party affiliation next to name on General Election ballot. SB80/HB149 mandates that only Ohio Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judicial candidates have party affiliation next to name on General Election ballot. The Ohio Judicial Conference and the Ohio State Bar Association for Legal Professionals are against both bills. Current Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has pushed to remove party labels from primary judicial races. Main House sponsor of HB149 is DJ Swearingen-R.

Message:
  • My name is __________.
  • My zip code is __________.
  • I am calling that I support keeping partisan politics out of judicial elections by not having party affiliation on the general election ballot for Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judicial candidates.
  • Party affiliation is provided for judicial candidates during a primary/special election. This allows judicial candidates to run in their respective parties for the purpose of being nominated as the candidate for their party’s nomination.
  • On the general election ballot, all judicial candidates have not had party affiliation as judges are to be non-partisan once they are nominated in a runoff party primary/special election.
  • Educating voters about judicial candidates by simply putting a D or an R next to a candidate’s name does a disservice to voters and does little to bring to light the factors that actually make for a good judge.
  • It is imperative to keep partisan politics out of judicial races.
  • Thank You for taking the time to hear my concern on this matter. Please vote NO on HB149.