Thank you to our members who took the time to send a message to their State Representative opposing House Bill 48. We had nearly 1,000 e-mails sent through our Action Network page by the end of House session today.
Despite our efforts, and the efforts of many other groups opposed to this “guns everywhere” bill, the legislation passed the House by a vote of 63 to 25. Perhaps more disappointing than the vote itself was the process. This bill was rushed to a floor vote, and Speaker Rosenberger did not allow any debate, as he quickly moved to taking the vote after the sponsor summarized the legislation.
Regardless, it is so important that those Representatives heard our opposition; and we still have time to take action to convince the Senate not to go down this road.
At this time, we do not know how quickly the Senate might act on the bill, or how likely or unlikely it is to pass the Senate. What we do know is that State Senators need to start hearing our opposition to this legislation right away.
We will continue to provide updates on this bill as further information becomes available.
Finally, we understand that not each of the 6,000 faculty we represent will agree with every position we take. The positions taken reflect thorough discussion and go through a democratic process.
We are seeking nominations for the 2016 Ohio Conference elections. In accordance with our governing documents, you must have been a member for two years and current on your dues to be eligible for a Trustee position. Nominations should be sent to Executive Director Sara Kilpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org and must be received by December 20, 2015.
The positions to be elected are:
-Secretary-At-Large Member – Private Institution
These are two-year terms that will commence September 1, 2016. Trustees are expected to attend four quarterly, Saturday meetings each year in Columbus (one of these is the Annual Meeting).
The President serves as a delegate to the National AAUP Annual Meeting and the Assembly of State Conferences (ASC) Annual Meeting.
The Secretary serves as a delegate to the ASC Annual Meeting, as well.
These events take place in Washington, DC in June.
The 2016 elections will be held in conjunction with the National AAUP elections.
Serving on the OCAAUP Board of Trustees is a rewarding way to engage in statewide AAUP issues and state government advocacy. Any questions can be directed to Sara Kilpatrick at email@example.com.