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Legislation

HB 487
The Mid-Biennium Review of the Ohio Budget.


















MONITOR
Text of Legislation

Sponsor

Rep. Ron Amstutz (R-Orrville) - (By Request)

Co-Sponsors

Rep. Courtney Combs (R-Hamilton)
Rep. Barbara Sears (R-Sylvania)
Rep. Robert Sprague (R-Findlay)
Rep. Gerald Stebelton (R-Lancaster)
Rep. Louis Terhar (R-Cincinnati)
Rep. Peter Beck (R-Mason)
Rep. Jeffrey McClain (R-Upper Sandusky)
Rep. Lynn Wachtmann (R-Napoleon)
Rep. Terry Blair (R-Kettering)
Rep. Jim Buchy (R-Greenville)

Legislative Activity

3/16/12 - Introduced

3/20/12 - Referred to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriations

(Initial hearings on this bill did not affect Planned Parenthood, and are omitted from this review.)

4/17/12 - Third Hearing
Amendment - The committee adopted an amendment to re-prioritize the distribution of family planning health care funds.  Family planning providers would be last in line to apply for Title X family planning funds.  Additional language was included that would strip Planned Parenthood of funding through Title V, the Violence Against Women Act, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act, the Infertility Prevention Project, and the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative.

4/18/12 - Fourth Hearing
Opponent Testimony
Gary Dougherty - Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Ohio
Lisa Perks - Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio
Dr. Grant Morrow - Pediatrician
Crystal Ward Allen - Public Children Services Association of Ohio
Julia D'Agostino - Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio
Karen Rainey - American Association of University Women - Ohio

The following witness provided written testimony:
Katie Hanna - Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence
Nancy Neylon - Ohio Domestic Violence Network

4/19/12 - Fifth Hearing
Proponent Testimony
Stephanie Krider - Ohio Right to Life
Phil Cole - Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies
Opponent Testimony
Jaime Miracle - NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio
Angela Shyrigh - Women Have Options - Ohio

4/24/12 - Sixth Hearing
Amendment - The committee adopted a substitute version of the budget bill, which did not contain the amendment described above.
Vote to pass favorably out of committee - 20-12

4/25/12 - House Session
House votes to pass bill - 62-64
House Journal reporting final vote - see pages 1880-1934
House Bill 487 is an update to the state budget and seeks to makes changes to public funding for multiple programs. In April, the bill was amended to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood.  First, it "re-prioritized" the distribution of family planning funds so that Planned Parenthood would be unlikely to receive funding.  Second, it made Planned Parenthood completely ineligible to receive funding through multiple al grant programs, including Title V, the Violence Against Women Act, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act, the Infertility Prevention Project, and the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative.

The language has since removed from the bill but could be reinserted at any time before final passage.  PPAO is monitoring the bill to ensure prompt response should the language re-inserted.
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