End the Ohio Blackout!
  • Petitioned Joe Uecker

This petition was delivered to:

State Representative
Joe Uecker
Speaker of the House
Bill Batchelder
Executive Director of OGT
Dan Shellenbarger
Executive Director of CSRAB
William Carleton
Legislative Aide to Rep. Uecker
Sheila Ross
Legislative Aide to Rep. Uecker
Jason Whalen
Senior Legislative Aide to Speaker Batchelder
Andrew Davidson
Senior Legislative Aide to Speaker Batchelder
Nathan Slonaker
Senior Legislative Aide to Speaker Batchelder
Hallie Wolff
Senior Legislative Aide to Speaker Batchelder
Andrew Bremer

End the Ohio Blackout!

    1. Petition by

      ProgressOhio

SB5 is on its way to the ballot but the Statehouse Blackout is still going strong. Extreme conservative bills are being discussed right now and every day Ohioans are once again being left in the dark.

 In a commentary in the Columbus Dispatch, Senior Editor Joe Hallet called the latest moves in the Statehouse “fringe government” that is “teeming with right-wing ideologues”. Over the last couple weeks, bills to ban abortion that anti-choice groups don’t even support, to allow guns in bars and open air sports arenas that serve alcohol, and bills to allow oil and gas drilling in our state parks are flying through the legislature.  

Despite the extreme nature of these bills, the majority of Ohioans have no access to any of the debate and discussion taking place in ‘our house.’  Unless you have the time and money to come down to Columbus be one of the first people in the hearing room, you are locked out.  They have the technology to allow every Ohioan a voice in government, and yet they refuse to let us see what they are doing.

Recently State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) concisely laid out the facts "Wiring for all the rooms in the Statehouse was completed as part of the $3 million renovation in 1996. Each room is equipped to record audio online and cameras could be rolled in or ideally, mounted on the walls if used permanently.”

"There is absolutely no reason to continue practices that keep Ohioans from being able to be fully engaged in their state government. Further, a recent decision to provide video in committee hearings was made during the confirmation hearings of former Governor Ted Strickland's Director of the Department of Public Safety. As [legislation] moves forward the people of Ohio deserve to have public access and transparency into the legislative process."

Let’s recap:

·          Wiring for video was installed in 1996

·          Cameras are available to record committee hearings

·          Ohio Government Television (www.ohiochannel.org) has the technology and bandwidth to stream live 

·          The Republican controlled Senate allowed hearings to be recorded and streamed live in 2010 when it suited their purposes

·          Hundreds of people have signed up to testify on SB5

·          Only a few dozen people are able to sit in the committee hearing room

Thanks to the help of activists like you, our petition to open up committee hearings to Ohio Government Television is going strong!  Our efforts have created rumblings at the Statehouse and committee chairmen have started to allow more individuals to record committee hearings, but that is not enough.  Inside sources have said that the Ohio Channel is in full support of putting committee hearings online but are being blocked by House and Senate Leadership. This cannot stand. We demand full access to committee hearings and coverage by Ohio Government Television and the Ohio Channel. 

So why do Republican Statehouse Leaders continue this information blackout? What are they trying to hide? Huge changes like SB5 are being made behind closed doors by career politicians and lobbyists while hard working Ohioans are left out in the cold once again.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant.  Please sign the petition and tell Statehouse leaders know that they can no longer operate in the dark.  Ohioans deserve better.

 

Petition will be sent to Rep. Uecker, Chair of the Commerce and Labor Committee, and his Legislative Aides,  Speaker of the House William Batchelder and his Legislative Aides, Dan Shellenbarger, Executive Director of Ohio Government Television, and William Carleton, Executive Director of the Capital Square Review and Advisory Board, the non-partisan board which oversees the Ohio Statehouse.

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    1. SB5 is on its way to the ballot but the Statehouse Blackout is still going strong. Extreme conservative bills are being discussed right now and every day Ohioans are once again being left in the dark.

      Thanks to you, we have sent a message to these legislators but we can’t stop now. Please help us get over the signature goal by sharing this one more time on Facebook, posting it to Twitter, or sending an email to your family, friends, and co-workers.

      In a commentary in this Sunday’s Dispatch, Senior Editor Joe Hallet called the latest moves in the Statehouse “fringe government” that is “teeming with right-wing ideologues”. Over the last couple weeks, bills to ban abortion that anti-choice groups don’t even support, to allow guns in bars and open air sports arenas that serve alcohol, and bills to allow oil and gas drilling in our state parks are flying through the legislature.

      Despite the extreme nature of these bills, the majority of Ohioans have no access to any of the debate and discussion taking place in ‘our house.’ Unless you have the time and money to come down to Columbus be one of the first people in the hearing room, you are locked out. They have the technology to allow every Ohioan a voice in government, and yet they refuse to let us see what they are doing.

      Our efforts have created rumblings at the Statehouse and committee chairmen have started to allow more individuals to record committee hearings, but that is not enough. We demand full access to committee hearings and coverage by Ohio Government Television.

      Your support has been outstanding so far and we are very close to our signature goal! Please help us get over the top by getting just one more person to sign the petition. Share it on Facebook, post it on Twitter, or email it to your friends, families, and coworkers. We have started the process but we can’t let it stop now.

      Thank you as always for everything to do,
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    2. Statement today from State Rep. Teresa Fedor, "Nineteen other states allow their citizens to view the legislative process online. It is critical for citizens' right to know what is happening in their Statehouse. It's time we demand access!"

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jed Taylor SPRINGFIELD, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      I have the right to know what my government is doing and to see how my trustees are representing my interests. Only those with something to hide would oppose broadcasting my government in action. Turn the cameras and mics on and let's see what the people's representatives are up to.

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    • Christopher Allen STREETSBORO, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      OK, I'm fucking pissed because I know Ohio can and must do better than this. We need in my opinion those evil Right-Wing backward thinking sons of bitches out of here.

      3 Ideas to boost Ohio and it's economy.

      1. Ohio has plenty of wind. We need to build more windturbines and a clean energy ohio.

      2. Build up our roads and infranscructure. This will put people to work and help save Ohio.

      3. Crack down on fathers who must pay child support. If they can't pay then they should go to jail.

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    • Jodi Segal COLUMBUS, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      Transparency in government is fundamental to our society. There is no excuse for limiting public access to decisions that affect us. Only in the case of protecting a victim should hearings be closed.

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    • Brian Dutton TOLEDO, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      Sunshine law, it was in effect when the constitution was still in force.

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    • Kyle Hackmeister WILLIAMSPORT, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      Weatherford International employee

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