Opposing HB 99

Opponent testimony due WEDNESDAY on HB 99 authorizing untrained adults to carry loaded guns in Ohio schools: The bill I wrote about a couple of weeks ago is moving again, and the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee is holding a hearing for opponent testimony on Thursday, April 15.  You can submit written testimony, but it must be emailed by 11 a.m. on Wednesday to go into the official record. This bill would drop the safety training requirements (currently 728 hours) to eight (8). Many of us are testifying because this would greatly increase the risk of children getting shot in a volatile situation, particularly children of color.

  • Here is a fact sheet on the bill from Ohio Moms Demand Action.

How to submit testimony on bill to arm untrained teachers
Testimony needs to be emailed to the Committee Chair, Rep. Jeff LeRe, at criminaljusticecommittee@ohiohouse.gov by 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14,  and copied to the ranking member David Leland, through his aide Paul Peters, at paul.peters@ohiohouse.gov.  You must also attach a witness statement.

Please head your testimony with this information:

Testimony on House Bill 99
House Criminal Justice Committee
March 24, 2021
Submitted by:
[YOUR NAME]

And these opening words:

Chair LaRe, Vice Chair Swearingen, Ranking Member Leland, and members of the committee, thank you for allowing me to present this testimony in opposition to House Bill 99. My name is [YOUR NAME] ; then go on to explain why you care about this bill and your testimony.

Virtual Advocacy Day

Ohio Moms Demand Action invites you to participate in the April 19 Virtual Advocacy Day. Fifty Zoom meetings have already been scheduled with Ohio legislators. If you register, you’ll receive a Zoom link, an invitation to training, and the schedule.  You can join any time during the day. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/AdvocacyDayOH


Advocacy briefings are compiled by Ariel Miller, a member of Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming,  and a member of the diocesan Becoming Beloved Community Leadership Team.