In another gross overreach of power by a local judge, a proposed amendment to the Ohio Budget bill, currently being reviewed by the Ohio Legislature would allow judges even MORE expanded power over park districts AND the ability to penalize and fine groups that the judge deems “interfering” with the park district. In our opinion, this is an underhanded way to change the law without public scrutiny which is intended to have a chilling effect on anyone who would dare to oppose the judge or his appointed board.
Please read this article from Cleveland .com
Also – The text of the amended section is attached below (all underlined text is NEW language being added)
PLEASE TAKE ACTION!
Contact your legislators and ALL members of the Ohio General Assembly Finance Committee (listed below) and say:
1. I am calling about the budget bill – House Bill 49
2. Specifically about the proposal that would allow judges in fine Ohioans opposing park district actions. (changes to Ohio Revised Code 1545.06)
3. I am a citizen and taxpayer. I want this language REMOVED from the budget bill.
For supporters who want more suggested talking points
I am a citizen and taxpayer. I want this language REMOVED from the budget bill because:
This is meant to have a chilling effect on public participation
Enforcement of the language may violate citizen’s rights as guaranteed by the 1st, 4th and 5th amendments to the Constitution
This is a sneaky underhanded way of changing Ohio law without public input.
This it is a blatant example of judicial overreach
Will cost state money due to myriad of lawsuits
Micromanagement by the judge will Increase delays in probate court docket
Numbers and e-mail addresses for local reps/senator (NOTE: A phone call or hand-written letter is far more effective than e-mail.)
Rep. Sarah LaTourette. 614-644-5088 email@example.com
Rep. John Patterson. 614-466-1405 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. John Eklund. 614-644-7718 email@example.com
Members of the House Finance Committee can be contacted by clicking on each name on this site: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/committee/finance
Below is the link to the actual text of the amendment as submitted (proposed changes to the current law are underlined).