The Becker Report – April 2021
The General Assembly Can Stop Governor DeWine Now
We get a lot of lip service out of the Ohio General Assembly about how they want to lift Governor DeWine’s boot off of the throat of Ohio’s economy and free the people of his unlawful mandates and business restrictions. They will quickly point to SB 22 and claim that the problem is solved.
Well, it is not solved. SB 22 won’t become law until late June. It is unknown what, if any, action that the General Assembly will take at that time. Keep in mind that the General Assembly might be on summer recess by then. Additionally, we don’t know if SB 22 will survive a likely court challenge. It is very possible that a court will put a stay on SB 22 and prevent its enforcement until it works it’s way through the judicial system.
Ohio’s Biennium Budgets are the Answer
Ohio’s main operating budget is written every two years and funds most of the state government as well as local subdivisions (schools, municipalities, counties, townships, etc.) and various organizations. For this biennium, the main operating budget is known as HB 110. The procedure is as follows:
- The governor submits a budget proposal to the House Finance Committee. It becomes the Ohio House Finance Chairman’s budget.
- The House Finance Committee adds, deletes, and tweaks per their discretion and with the approval of House leadership.
- All members of the House have the opportunity to submit amendments for the Chairman’s consideration.
- The Finance Committee Chairman and the Speaker of the House finalize the bill and bring it to the House floor for consideration.
- Upon passage, it goes to the Ohio Senate Finance Committee for consideration.
- The Senate Finance Committee adds, deletes, and tweaks per their discretion and with the approval of Senate leadership.
- Every Senator has the opportunity to submit amendments for the Chairman’s consideration.
- The Finance Committee Chairman and the Senate President finalize the bill and bring it to the Senate floor for consideration.
- Upon passage, the budget bill is returned to the House for consideration.
- Although the House could accept all of the Senate’s changes, they routinely reject the changes and send the bill to conference committee to work out the differences.
- The conference committee is a very small group and is typically the House and Senate Chairmen and Vice Chairmen. Deals get made (horse trading) and the conferees return the bill to both chambers (House and Senate) for a final up or down vote. No amendments can be considered on a bill reported out by a conference committee.
- Upon passage by both chambers, the bill goes to the governor for his consideration.
- The governor could sign it as is, line item veto sections of it, or veto the entire bill. The Ohio Constitution requires that the budget bill be signed into law by June 30th of each odd numbered year (2021).
The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and the Ohio Industrial Commission (OIC) have there own separate budgets and goes through the same or similar process as the main operating budget. More information is here. The BWC budget is HB 75 and the IOC budget is HB 76.
Opportunity – Hold the Funding Hostage for the Weaponized State Agencies
The main operating budget (HB 110) is currently in step #6 as described above. Any State Senator could submit an amendment to fully or partially defund state agencies that Governor DeWine has weaponized against businesses and the people. That would include the Department of Health (ODH) and the Division of Liquor Control.
The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) budget (HB 75) is currently in step #2 above. Any State Representative could submit an amendment to fully or partially defund BWC. The Division of Liquor Control and BWC are the agencies that Governor DeWine has weaponized to harass businesses.
Regarding the line item veto, the governor could delete all of the funding but can’t change the amount of the funding. This is where the horse trading comes in and the deals get made.
Additionally, if you don’t like the liberal indoctrination happening in our public schools, HB 110 includes another enormous increase in school funding too.
- HB 110 is in the Senate Finance Committee and controls the funding for the Ohio Department of Health and the Division of Liquor Control.
- HB 75 is in the House Finance Committee and controls the funding for the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC).
If you would like the General Assembly to do as I’ve described, share all of this with your sphere of influence and reach out to your elected officials. Find your State Senator here.
Senator Matt Dolan is the chairman of the Finance Committee and can be reached at 614-466-8056. Email to [email protected] or click here.
The membership of the Senate Finance Committee is here.
Senate President Huffman can be reached at (614) 466-7584; email [email protected] or click here.
In steps 9, 10, and 11 above, your State Representative will be able to influence the final passage of HB 110. Also HB 75 is in step #2 above. Find your State Representative here.
Representative Scott Oelslager is the chairman of the House Finance Committee and can be reached at 614-752-2438. Email [email protected] or click here.
The membership of the House Finance Committee is here.
Speaker of the House Robert Cupp can be reached at (614) 466-9624; email [email protected] or click here.
All State Representatives and State Senators have the same email construct. Only the district number is different. Our 33 Senators are
[email protected] through [email protected] They can also be reached by [email protected]
Our 99 State Representatives are [email protected] through [email protected] Prior to term limits catching up with me, mine had been [email protected] It now belongs to Representative Schmidt.
In your communications, always be polite and respectful (but don’t hesitate to be forceful and firm). For example, address them as Dear Speaker Cupp, Dear Senate President Huffman, Dear Representative, Dear Senator, the Honorable Senator…, or Honorable Representative…
You know what to expect – Lip Service is Easy and Cheap
In Columbus, towers of courage are few and far between. As you know, you can expect stonewalling and creative BS from your elected officials. (It’s a learned skill.) They’ll likely tell you why the attempt won’t be successful or why it isn’t necessary. They want you to believe that they are working hard for you while doing next to nothing to “rock the boat.”
Regardless, if enough people apply enough pressure, results will materialize.
Private Citizen Affidavits (PCAs)
The September and October 2020 editions of The Becker Report explains much of the detail. The 25 counties that I know of where PCAs have been filed or delivered per ORC 2935.09(D) are: Adams, Allen, Ashtabula, Belmont. Brown, Butler, Clermont, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Highland, Lake, Licking, Lorain, Marion, Miami, Montgomery, Pickaway, Richland, Summit, Union, Warren, Washington, and Wood Counties. Only 63 more to go!
The purpose of these is to seek out a judge or prosecutor willing to perform his clear legal duty as described in ORC 2935.10(A) and either issue an arrest warrant or launch an investigation into the charges outlined in the PCA against Governor DeWine.
BeckerGOP YouTube Channel
August 24, 2020 – Introduction of the 10 Articles of Impeachment against Governor Mike DeWine (33 minutes)
August 27, 2020 – Update on impeachment (16 minutes)
August 29, 2020 – State Representative, John Becker speaking at the Unifying Ohio for Liberty rally (22 minutes)
August 31, 2020 The Becker Report – August 2020 (15 minutes)
September 6, 2020 – Impeach DeWine Update (3 minutes)
September 13, 2020 – Impeachment Update, with potential criminal charges, against Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (19 minutes)
September 20, 2020 – Impeachment Update – Is Gov. DeWine Pro-Life? Is HB 272 “feel good” legislation? (12 minutes)
September 28, 2020 – Private Citizen Affidavit (2 minutes)
September 30, 2020 – The September issue of The Becker Report (3 minutes)
October 6, 2020 – Writ of Mandamus (8 minutes)
October 12, 2020 – Columbus Day Part 1 – Election Update – French and Kennedy – Ohio Supreme Court – Shea (5 minutes)
October 12, 2020 – Columbus Day Part 2 – Governor DeWine Review – How did we get to where we are today? (6 minutes)
October 19, 2020 – Update on Impeachment, Private Citizen Affidavits, and Writ of Mandamus Against Governor DeWine (5 minutes)
October 26, 2020 – Becker Calls for the Resignation of AG Dave Yost and Files Motion for Sanctions in Twelfth District (4 minutes)
October 30, 2020 – October issue of The Becker Report (8 minutes)
November 2, 2020 – Vote Trump 2020 (7 minutes)
November 12, 2020 – Governor DeWine Weaponizing the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (6 minutes)
November 26, 2020 – Thanksgiving Day update – Private Citizen Affidavits filed/delivered in 20 counties (5 minutes)
November 30, 2020 – The November issue of The Becker Report (4 minutes)
December 29, 2020 – The December issue of The Becker Report (2 minutes)
January 31, 2021 – The January 2021 issue of The Becker Report (4 minutes)
February 28, 2021 – The February 2021 issue of The Becker Report (6 minutes)
March 31, 2021 – The March 2021 issue of The Becker Report (14 minutes)
April 28, 2021 – The April 2021 issue of The Becker Report (6 minutes)
Kathryn Huwig challenged the Ohio public health establishment’s COVID policy in front of the Ohio state house (11 minutes)
The Cult(ure) of Scientific Misdirection (20 minutes) This is a great video regarding the “science” and the lockdown and mask mandates.
‘Do Not Use Justice for Blacks As Excuse to Destroy This Nation’—Bob Woodson on ‘Systemic Racism’ (34 minutes)
Dr. Ryan Cole Blows The Whole COVID-19 Propaganda Away (30 minutes)
PragerU: Is Communism Moral? (5 minutes)
PragerU: What Is Critical Race Theory? (5 minutes)
May 1, 2021
Ohio Gun Owners Back the Blue Freedom Rally on the West side of the Statehouse from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
David & Golliath March at the Statehouse in Columbus beginning at 11: AM
May 3, 2021
Union Township GOP meeting at the Union Twp Civic Center at 7 PM.
May 15, 2021
Young Americans for Liberty candidate training workshop in Columbus
May 19, 2021
Clermont County GOP meeting at Norlyn Manor in Batavia at 7 PM.
May 20, 2021
The Western Clermont County Republican Club is hosting the screening of Blazing Saddles at RJ Cinema at 6 PM.
May 22, 2021
Patriot America at Solid Rock Church in Lebanon at 10 AM
May 25, 2021
Friends of Liberty United (FOLU) at the Eastgate Holiday Inn at 7 PM
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