Below are our ratings of Ohio House members based on their votes on middle class issues during the 129th General Assembly. An “A” rating means the legislator takes the pro-middle class position at least 90 percent of the time, with lower grades reflecting a corresponding lower pro-middle class voting percentage. A list of votes used in scoring is provided below the scorecard. To see how scores were calculated, view the detailed score sheet.
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Votes used in scoring
HB 114 (3/23/11) – Transportation budget that cut public transit funding and created a new tax break for oil companies
HB 159 (3/23/11) – Vote-suppressing photo ID requirements
SB 5 (3/30/11) – Rollback of collective bargaining rights for public workers
HB 95 (5/25/11) – Anti-consumer legislation allowing rate increases by natural gas providers
HB 153 (6/29/11) – Biennial budget that created new tax breaks for the wealthy, cut schools & local government and privatized government services
HB 194 (6/29/11) – Legislation (later revoked) to limit early voting in Ohio
HB 319 (9/21/11) – Gerrymandered, noncompetitive congressional districts that reduce the accountability of elected officials to voters
HB 275 (3/27/12) – Anti-consumer legislation that gives a “get out of jail free” to companies sued for fraud or misrepresentation
HB 487 (4/25/12) – “Kids and Communities First” measure to apply fair severance tax rates on oil & gas drilling and restore cuts to local governments & schools
SB 315 (5/24/12) – Oil & gas policy that did not include fair severance tax rates or “hire Ohio” provisions