Ohio House Bill 166, Section 107.20 - Giving the Governor authority to issue a Health Emergency Executive Order

Section 107.20 of Ohio House Bill 166 was amended out of the bill and the bill was passed without it being put back into the bill. Please keep tabs on our website and social media for further updates on similar future legislation. Meanwhile, please consider making a small donation to help us continue what we do!

“The governor shall declare an emergency that affects the public health if the governor determines that either of the following is the case and that one or more political subdivisions lack the resources or capabilities necessary to protect public health and safety” Legislation as introduced.

This type of legislation is what sets our government for the type of abuse of power that we’ve saw in Rockland County, New York last month and are seeing in New York City currently, where government administration can impose executive orders requiring that citizens receive vaccinations or receive a fine and/or jail time.

Take Action Now

  1. Sign the letter of opposition on this page.
  2. Contact the members of the House Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.
    • Representative Mark J. Romanchuk, District 2, 77 S. High St, 11th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215; Phone: 614-466-5802; Fax: 614-719-3973; Email: rep02@ohiohouse.gov
    • Representative Thomas West, District 49, 77 S. High St, 10th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215; Phone: 614-466-8030; Fax: 614-719-6952 ; Email: rep49@ohiohouse.gov
    • Representative Brigid Kelly, District 31, 77 S. High St, 14th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215; Phone: 614-466-5786; Fax: 614-719-3585 ; Email: rep31@ohiohouse.gov
    • Representative P. Scott Lipps, District 62, 77 S. High St, 13th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215; Phone: 614-644-6023; Fax: 614-719-3589 ; Email: rep62@ohiohouse.gov
    • Representative Bill Roemer, District 38, 77 S. High St, 11th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215; Phone: 614-644-5085; Fax: 614-719-6941 ; Email: rep38@ohiohouse.gov
  3. Contact YOUR legislator and let them know you don’t approve of legislation such as this and encourage them to take action on Section 107.20 of HB166.
  4. Donate to Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom so we can continue to work against legislation like this.

More About the Legislation

Important excepts from the bill, lines 364 through 452:

The governor shall declare an emergency that affects the public health if the governor determines that either of the following is the case and that one or more political subdivisions lack the resources or capabilities necessary to protect public health and safety:

  • An event occurred or is occurring in any part of this state resulting in substantial injury or harm to the public health;
  • An imminent threat of substantial injury or harm to the public health exists in any part of this state.

If thirty days have elapsed and the general assembly has not suspended the operation of the executive order, but the conditions giving rise to the declaration of an emergency are still present, the governor may issue another executive order in accordance with divisions (B)(1) and (2) of this section.

Assume control of emergency management operations; Delegate duties as necessary to implement this section; Authorize a health care practitioner licensed in another jurisdiction to provide health care services during the emergency in accordance with any directions specified in the executive order; Use any available resources of state government or of political subdivisions as necessary to address the emergency; Order the director of budget and management to transfer cash from any fund not otherwise restricted to the controlling board emergency purposes/contingencies fund created under section 127.19 of the Revised Code in order to assist in emergency efforts; Except as provided under federal law, alter, limit, or suspend any provision of a collective bargaining agreement or transfer state agency personnel, including those subject to collective bargaining agreements, or state agency functions for the purpose of facilitating emergency services.

Take such action and give such direction to state and local law enforcement agencies and offices as may be reasonable and necessary for the purpose of securing compliance with this section and any executive orders issued or rules adopted under it; Establish offices within state agencies and appoint personnel as necessary to implement this section; Direct state agency personnel to take actions as necessary to address the emergency.

Read the legislation in full.