On June 19th a last minute addendum was slipped into Ohio House Bill 166 in the Senate the day before going to vote and with very little warning and no time for objection, the budget bill passed the Senate in its entirety 33-0. It now goes hastily to a small committee for any revisions deemed necessary.
This is where your help and vigilance is required. A fox has snuck into the hen house. If passed, this addendum will allow a private school to reject students using philosophical and religious exemptions, leaving only medical. They will be able to kick them out or simply not enroll them.
In California, legislation that removed philosophical and religious exemptions last year was swiftly followed by the loss of medical exemptions this year, virtually ending exemptions in the prototype state.
Currently, private schools in Ohio are required to accept the same exemptions as public schools. If we allow the state to slowly whittle away our rights to attend the schools of our choice, we will quickly find ourselves in the same medical dictatorship state Californians are now fleeing.
See the opprobrious section on page 873 in the bill as passed by the Senate on June 20, 2019, which reads:
“(F) Notwithstanding division (B)(4) of this section, a nonpublic school may deny admission to or refuse to enroll a pupil whose parent or guardian declines to have the pupil immunized for reasons of conscience, including religious convictions.”
Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom is disappointed that any of our elected officials would pander to special interest groups in this manner and add this type of legislation last minute into a budget bill to avoid any public discourse.
The Schools Affected by this New Legislation
If your non-public school appears in the search results on this page, it will be affected by this new legislation: https://oeds.ode.state.oh.us/SearchOrg. This page is a search tool for ALL schools (public, private, etc) chartered by Ohio Department of Education. This bill affects non-public schools. If your school is non-public, and it shows up here when you search for it, you will be directly affected by this legislation.
Take Action Now
- SIGN the letter of opposition on this page. which will email your opposition to every Ohio legislator!
- CALL, email, or visit if you can, the House and Senate Leadership to express your disapproval of Section 3313.671 Part F of the Budget Bill. Contact info below.
- CALL, email, or visit if you can, your State Senator and State Representative to express your disapproval of Section 3313.671 Part F of the Budget Bill. Find your legislators.
- DONATE to Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom so we can continue to work against legislation like this.
Who to Contact
- Speaker of the House, Representative Larry Householder, District 72 – 77 S. High St, 14th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215 – (614) 466-2500 – email@example.com
- Speaker Pro Tempore, Representative Jim Butler, District 41 – 77 S. High St, 14th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215 – (614) 644-6008 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- House Finance Committee Chair, Representative Scott Oelslager, District 48 – 77 S. High St, 13th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215 – (614) 752-2438 – email@example.com
- House Finance Committee Ranking Member, Representative Jack Cera, District 96 – 77 S. High St, 10th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215 – (614) 466-3735 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senate President, Senator Larry Obhof, District 22 – 1 Capitol Square, 2nd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215- (614) 466-7505 – Obhof@ohiosenate.gov
- Senate Finance Committee Chair, Senator Matt Dolan, District 24 – 1 Capitol Square, 1st Floor, Columbus, OH 43215 – (614) 466-8056 – Dolan@ohiosenate.gov
- Senate Finance Committee Vice Chair, Senator Dave Burke, District 26 – 1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor, Columbus, OH 43215- (614) 466-8049 – Burke@ohiosenate.gov
- Senate Finance Committee, Senator Sean J. O’Brien, Ohio Senate District 32 – 1 Capitol Square, 2nd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215- (614) 466-7182 – OBrien@ohiosenate.gov