by Teresa Mills, Center for Health & Environmental Justice
We have just found out SB 250 is scheduled for its 3rd hearing next week. It will be for opponent testimony.
The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing will be on Wednesday, 11/14 at 10:30 am in the North Hearing Room. SB 250 is currently last on the agenda, but that is no guarantee the bills will be heard in the current order.
One more FYI - testimony is due to Sen. Bacon (chair) SD03@ohiosenate.gov by 9 am on Tuesday and not tomorrow as we were told earlier.
Below are some talking points for your consideration. Remember your written testimony is due by 9 am on Tuesday to Senator Bacon. Email is SD03@ohiosenate.gov his phone number is (614) 466-8064 call and ask for the hearing to be moved.
Also, call Senate President (614) 466-7505 email SD22@ohiosenate.gov
Also if you can come to Columbus, please let me know. Even if you don’t testify, please come, we need you!
PROTECT FREE SPEECH
PROTECT PROPERTY RIGHTS
CRIMES AGAINST CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
Senate Bill 250 and Sub Senate Bill 250 are frivolous and vindictive legislation. It is an outsiders' bill looking for a problem but will only create problems for citizens and property owners in Ohio. Please voice your opinions on Senate Bill 250 using the following reasons:
* The Bill is Unnecessary. This legislation was drafted by the most powerful corporations in the United States, with their self-interests in mind. It is cookie cutter - one size fits all -- legislation that does not recognize Ohio's existing laws that prosecute anyone who trespasses on or damages infrastructure. The bill is an affront to Ohio citizens who respect private property.
* The Bill Violates the US Constitution. This legislation was drafted in response to Standing Rock and landowner protests against large pipeline projects - something that has never occurred here. It violates Ohioans' rights to free speech and free association, and labels those acts as crimes. The bill's vague language could entrap landowners with infrastructure on their property and paves the way for industry to use eminent domain for pipelines and power lines and to use language in this bill to claim landowners are "impeding" their commercial interests.
* The Bill Threatens and Intimidates Ohio organizations with $100,000 dollar fines if they object to or "impede" certain private infrastructure or work with citizens exercising their free speech and association rights. Organizations could be held responsible for members whose actions they do not endorse or control.
* The Bill Violates Ohio's Constitution. The bill violates the one bill, one subject rule. The bill creates two separate and very distinct crimes: impeding critical infrastructure and critical infrastructure trespass.
SENATE BILL 250 and SUB SENATE BILL 250
THIS IS NOT THE OHIO WAY