The Mid-Biennium Review of the Ohio Budget.
Rep. Ron Amstutz (R-Orrville) - (By Request)
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)
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
Karen Rainey - American Association of University Women - Ohio
The following witness provided written testimony:
4/19/12 - Fifth Hearing
Stephanie Krider - Ohio Right to Life
Phil Cole - Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies
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 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.