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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus

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League tracks results of 2008 advocacy at state, national levels

Monday, Jan. 19, 2009

As the League of Women Voters looks forward to the 128th Ohio General Assembly and the 111th Congress, we also want to look back at Metro Columbus advocacy in 2008 to see how central Ohio elected officials voted on important issues.

In July, the League contacted U.S. Senators George V. Voinovich and Sherrod Brown, asking them to oppose H.R. 6304, the FISA Act of 2008. The bill, which was signed into law by President Bush, authorized warrantless wiretapping of American citizens. Voinovich voted in favor of the bill; Brown voted against it.

In November, the League contacted Franklin County’s nine members of the Ohio House of Representatives, urging them to oppose Sub. SB 57, the Special Education Scholarship Pilot Program, because it distributed public funds to private schools. The bill failed to pass the House and died at the end of the session. Here is how the representatives voted:

In December, the League contacted Franklin County’s three members of the Ohio Senate, urging them to oppose SB 380, Early Voting Requirements, because the bill was rushed through the legislature without proper deliberation or input from voting-rights groups. The bill passed both houses of the legislature but was vetoed by Gov. Strickland. Senators David Goodman and Steve Stivers voted for the measure; Senator Ray Miller voted against it.

The following table summarizes which officials voted with the League and which voted against us:

Office

Name

Party

Issue

Voted

U.S. Senate

Sherrod Brown

Democrat

H.R. 6304

With the League

U.S. Senate

George V. Voinovich

Republican

H.R. 6304

Against the League

Ohio Senate

David Goodman

Republican

SB 380

Against the League

Ohio Senate

Ray Miller

Democrat

SB 380

With the League

Ohio Senate

Steve Stivers

Republican

SB 380

Against the League

Ohio House

Kevin Bacon

Republican

SB 57

Against the League

Ohio House

Joyce Beatty

Democrat

SB 57

With the League

Ohio House

Ted Celeste

Democrat

SB 57

With the League

Ohio House

Larry L. Flowers

Republican

SB 57

Against the League

Ohio House

Tracy Heard

Democrat

SB 57

With the League

Ohio House

Jim Hughes

Republican

SB 57

With the League

Ohio House

Jim McGregor

Republican

SB 57

Against the League

Ohio House

Dan Stewart

Democrat

SB 57

With the League

Ohio House

Larry Wolpert

Republican

SB 57

Against the League

The League and its Advocacy Committee will continue to be in touch with state legislators and members of Congress on matters of good government, and we thank members and supporters who responded to action alerts in 2008.