Good morning advocates -- I hope you’re ready to help us fight a bill that would roll back civil rights in Ohio by 50 years.
This is not a joke. The Ohio House is considering a measure that would make housing discrimination legal. Hard to believe, but HB 149 (SB 134 in the Senate) would make it legal for certain small landlords and homeowners to discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, family status, military status, etc. when they rent or sell their properties. These bills would also dramatically reduce or remove important sanctions, which currently provide disincentives to discriminate.
You can learn more about these anti-fair housing bills by reading editorials from the Akron Beacon Journal, Toldeo Blade or the Cleveland Plain Dealer, who also oppose the measures.
While we’ve slightly slowed the speed at which this bill is moving, we need your help immediately to reinforce our efforts.
Please help stop our legislature from rolling back civil rights 50 years! Call your elected officials by WEDNESDAY, June 3. See details below:
House Committee on Financial Institutions, Housing,
and Urban Development
Call List for Opponents of HB 149 – amending Ohio’s Fair Housing Law
Please call the Committee Leadership (below) with the following message:
I’m calling today to urge Representative _____________ to OPPOSE House Bill 149. I think that Ohio’s Fair Housing Law should not be changed. It has served us well for 50 years, and House Bill 149 makes unnecessary changes that will weaken civil rights laws.
I want Representative _____________ to know that House Bill 149 is WRONG FOR OHIO, and that I expect her/him to OPPOSE House Bill 149, in order to protect the strong civil right law that we’ve had in Ohio since 1965.
Louis Terhar (R) – Chairman - Cincinnati area
Phone (614) 466-8258
Stephen D. Hambley (R) – Vice Chairman – Brunswick area
Phone (614) 466-8140
Christie Bryant Kuhns (D) – Ranking Member – Cincinnati area
Phone (614) 466-1645
If you are represented by one of the following committee members,
please also call using the same message.
Andrew Brenner (R) – Powell area
Phone (614) 644-6711
Tim W. Brown (R) – Bowling Green area
Phone (614) 466-8104
Mike Dovilla (R) – Berea area
Phone (614) 466-4895
Bob D. Hackett (R) – London area
Phone (614) 466-1470
Bill Reineke (R) – Tiffin area
Phone (614) 466-1374
Gary Scherer (R) – Circleville area
Phone (614) 644-7928
Robert Sprague (R) – Findlay area
Phone (614) 466-3819
We can stop these bills if we all pitch in. I appreciate your help in protecting 50 years of civil rights progress. Let's slam the door on housing discrimination in Ohio!
Executive Director and Chief Lobbyist for the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio