Women’s Legislation Update: March 3, 2017


In partnership with the Women’s Public Policy Network, we are tracking the progress of any state bills affecting women in the Ohio Legislature for the 132nd General Assembly. Here’s a quick overview of some key updates from the last few weeks:

  • HB 1 – Legislation extending domestic violence protections to victims of dating violence, advanced out of the Ohio House yesterday, and is now headed to the Ohio Senate. The vote was 92-2, with Representatives Tom Brinkman and Nino Vitale casting the only “no” votes on the bill.
  • HB 56 – This bill would allow for the expungement of criminal records for victims of human trafficking. It is scheduled for its first hearing in the House Criminal Justice Committee next Tuesday at 1:30 PM in Statehouse Room 114.
  • HB 61 – Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee last week, the bill would eliminate sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products (also known as the ‘pink tax’). No hearings have been scheduled yet.
  • SB 7 – Aiming to strengthen protection orders for victims of domestic violence, it received its second hearing this week. The House Local Government, Public Safety & Veteran Affairs Committee will hold a third hearing – with possible amendments and vote – next Tuesday at 10:30 AM in the South Hearing Room.
  • SB 28 – A medically unnecessary bill that would require aborted fetal remains be cremated or buried, received its first hearing in the Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee two weeks ago.

We are also share timely legislative updates on these and other women-centric legislation on Twitter using the #OHLeg hashtag. Follow us to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Statehouse.

TAKE ACTION

Call your State Representative and urge them to support HB 97 – outlawing marital rape – and then ask Speaker Rosenberger to hold hearings on the bill