Bipartisan Bill aims to end death policy in Ohio
Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the Ohio Legislature are co-sponsoring a bill to eliminate the death penalty in Ohio because wrongful convictions occur. The Ohio Council of Churches is asking faith leaders to sign a letter supporting the death penalty repeal. Here’s the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OVdMO2DolPUJGT-MtYXgR28SI1qphTdOZdGpDOAxmtA/viewform?edit_requested=true&gxids=7628
OCC Update on the State Budget and school funding formula
The June 30 deadline is approaching for Ohio legislators to pass the next biennial budget. On Monday, May 3, at noon, the Rev. Nick Bates, the Lutheran deacon and lawyer who directs the Hunger Network in Ohio (HNO), will give a budget update for the Ohio Council of Churches (OCC). Both of these statewide nonprofits focus on the budget’s implications for Ohio’s most vulnerable people by tracking line items such as the funding for the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, which supplies thousands of pantries and soup kitchens across the state, including many aided or hosted by local Episcopal congregations. Sign up for the May 3 Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqdO-grj8uHd3Fv960jyYowBuU6kL10EEP
During the webinar, you’ll also get an update on a new formula for determining state aid to local school districts which was folded into the House-passed budget. This plan was initially introduced as a stand-alone bill, HB 1. This formula won overwhelming bipartisan support in the Ohio House as a significant step towards correcting the inequities between districts that caused the Ohio Supreme Court to rule several times over the past three decades that the way the State allocates school funding is unconstitutional. The school funding formula’s survival in the Ohio Senate is far from assured.
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.