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Ohio House Bill 248

HB248 Legislation

Ohio House Sub-Bill 248 would guarantee Ohioans vaccine choice, healthcare privacy, and protection from discrimination based on vaccine status.

Ohio House Sub-Bill 248 would guarantee Ohioans their right to vaccine choice and to maintain their healthcare privacy. It would also prohibit discrimination based on vaccine status.

Ohio House Bill 248 has received an unprecedented amount of public support on such an issue. The bill received 1,500 proponent testimonies supporting the bill and a fairly insignificant number of letters opposing the legislation. No similar legislation anywhere else in the United States has ever been as successful in the legislative process as HB248.

Despite the overwhelming support that HB248 has received, the Ohio legislature has remained impotent in passing any meaningful legislation protecting Ohioans' medical freedom rights and the bill stalled out in the Health Committee because our legislature cares more about their campaign contributions than they do your rights!

While our interest in the legislature passing HB248 hasn't waned, we realize that our representatives don't have our best interest in mind. Therefore, Representative Gross initiated a petition to discharge HB248 from the Health Committee. Read more about the Discharge Petition below.

 

HB248 Discharge Petition

HB248 Discharge Petition would allow House Representatives to move HB248 out of the Health Committee and to the House floor for a vote as-is.

In United States parliamentary procedure, a discharge petition is a means of bringing a bill out of committee and to the floor for consideration without a report from the committee by "discharging" the committee from further consideration of a bill or resolution.

So why a discharge petition? Well, about a hundred of Ohio's multi-million and multi-billion dollar lobbying organizations came out against Ohio House Bill 248. These organizations represent millions of dollars in contributions to the political campaigns of most of the politicians in the state of Ohio, from local mayors to state legislators, from county commissioners to congressional candidates. Without getting into the weeds on the rational, these organizations oppose HB248 because the legislation would prevent their ability to discriminate against individuals who choose not to receive some or any vaccines.

Although HB248 received an unprecedented number of proponent testimonies in favor of the legislation, some 1,500 letters to the House Health Committee, and received a relatively insignificant number of opposition testimonies, the bill stalled out in the Health Committee because our legislature cares more about their campaign contributions than they do your rights!

As such, Representative Jennifer Gross, HB248 Sponsor, decided to submit a "discharge petition" in an effort to either circumvent the Health Committee and bring the bill to the House floor for a vote, or expose fellow legislators for the frauds they are as evidence by their objection to signing the HB248 discharge petition. 

HB248 Ballot Initiative

HB248 Ballot Initiative would bring a refined version of HB248 to the ballot box in November, allowing Ohioans to circumvent the legislature's impotence.

The ballot initiative is a means by which citizens may propose to create, amend, or repeal a state law or constitutional provision through collecting petition signatures from a certain minimum number of registered voters. Successful initiative petition efforts result in the proposal being presented to voters within a state or other local government jurisdiction. Ballot initiatives are also referred to as ballot measures, popular initiatives, voter initiatives, citizen initiatives, and propositions.

In Ohio, citizens have the power to initiate constitutional amendments, state statutes, and veto referendums. Initiated statutes, in Ohio, begin as indirect initiatives, requiring 132,887 signatures, in 2021, to go before the Ohio State Legislature, which has the option to approve an initiative without a vote of electors. If the state legislature does not adopt an indirect initiative, the initiated statute becomes direct, requiring an additional batch of signatures (132,887 in 2021 for a grand total of 265,774) to go before voters.

So why a ballot initiative? Well, about a hundred of Ohio's multi-million and multi-billion dollar lobbying organizations came out against Ohio House Bill 248. These organizations represent millions of dollars in contributions to the political campaigns of most of the politicians in the state of Ohio, from local mayors to state legislators, from county commissioners to congressional candidates. Without getting into the weeds on the rational, these organizations oppose HB248 because the legislation would prevent their ability to discriminate against individuals who choose not to receive some or any vaccines.

Although HB248 received an unprecedented number of proponent testimonies in favor of the legislation, some 1,500 letters to the House Health Committee, and received a relatively insignificant number of opposition testimonies, the bill stalled out in the Health Committee because our legislature cares more about their campaign contributions than they do your rights!

As such, a group of dedicated volunteers and freedom-loving Ohioans, decided to pursue a "ballot initiative" to circumvent the Ohio Legislature and bring the protections of HB248 to Ohio voters for a vote.

Note: Due to the Attorney General's continued effort to block this effort, the Ballot Initiative Team discontinued efforts to bring HB248 to the ballot and instead turned to a new effort, bringing a Constitutional Amendment to the ballot. Please read on below.

Medical Right to Refuse Initiative

The Medical Right to Refuse Ballot Initiative aims to add law to the Ohio Constitution that would ensure that Ohioans maintain health choice autonomy.

Ohio law permits Ohioans to bring Constitutional Amendments to the general public for a state-wide vote to enact law within the Ohio Constitution. This is what we're doing. We're approaching the general public and asking Ohioans to pass law that would ensure they, their families, their friends, their co-workers, all Ohioans, have the final say as to what medication goes into their bodies. Read More...

The Medical Right to Refuse is an Ohio Ballot Initiative intended to amend the Ohio Constitution to guarantee that Ohioans retain their right to direct their own healthcare decisions as to what medication they put into their bodies.

WHO SUPPORTS HB248

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