Earlier this year, the Ohio House passed HB347 to reform asset forfeiture laws. The bill would prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in the majority of cases. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds. HB347 must pass in the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee to receive a vote in the Senate.
PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS to support this important bill.
1. Call the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee Chair, Bill Coley. Strongly, but respectfully urge her to move this important bill forward to a vote in her committee. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email.
Coley: (614) 466-8072
2. Call the rest of the committee members. Again, be strong, but respectful. Urge each of them to take action to move the bills forward and vote YES on HB347.
Bill Seitz Vice Chair (R) (614) 466-8068
Kenny Yuko (D) (614) 466-4583
Troy Balderson (R) (614) 466-8076
Edna Brown (D) (614) 466-5204
Dave Burke (R) (614) 466-8049
Kris Jordan (R) (614) 466-8086
Frank LaRose (R) (614) 466-4823
Larry Obhof (R) (614) 466-7505
Tom Patton (R) (614) 466-8056
Bob Peterson (R) (614) 466-8156
Michael Skindell (D) (614) 466-5123
3. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days. Make sure to follow-up. If they say YES, be sure to thank them and, if possible, announce their committed YES vote to email and social media contacts. If they say no, politely ask them why. Get the information from them and contact us.