There are two ways you can take action to fight SB 83:
1) Attend SB 83’s First Hearing
What: SB 83 First Hearing
Date: Wednesday, March 22
*New* Time: 11:30 am (arrive by 11:00 am)
Where: North Hearing Room (2nd Floor), Ohio Statehouse, Columbus
For this first hearing of SB 83, we are going to pack the committee room with people to show just how strongly this bill is opposed. We will be joined by allies from other unions and organizations that would be affected by SB 83 or simply want to show their support. Wear AAUP clothing or a pin, if you have it.
This hearing is for sponsor testimony, meaning that only the bill’s sponsor will be delivering testimony. This is the not the opportunity for the public to testify.
There also is a first hearing on HJR 1–the resolution that would make it harder to amend the state constitution–at 9:00 am the same day in Hearing Room 017 (Ground Floor) of the Statehouse. Join us for that, too, if you are able!
Parking beneath the Statehouse likely will be full. The next best option is the Columbus Commons Parking Garage, and there also are many metered spots in the area that accept credit cards.
2) Write to State Senators
We have created this Action Network page through which you can easily send emails to the State Senator who represents you, as well as members of the Senate Workforce and Higher Education Committee (the committee hearing the bill) to tell them you oppose SB 83. For your convenience, there is a sample letter, but you can edit it as you see fit.
To read about SB 83, click here.