Abortion ban, traffic cameras and non-citizens
Republicans won’t pass an abortion ban until the US Supreme Court acts. But they could propose a constitutional amendment to ban non-citizens from voting.
We break down what it all means in this week’s episode of Ohio Politics Explained.
This is a USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau podcast where we bring you up to date political news in the state in 15 minutes or less. This week, host Anna Staver was joined by journalist Jessie Balmert.
1) Pulpit bullying
Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman is well known around the Statehouse, but he’s not someone most Ohioans could “choose from a lineup.” But they should.
The Lima Republican has the final say on whether bills on abortion, marijuana, school choice, vaccine requirements and more should pass.
2) Access to abortion
A bill banning all abortions in Ohio is on break at the Statehouseat least until the U.S. Supreme Court releases its final decision on a landmark access to process case later this summer.
“I want this to be something that’s constitutionally sculpted, and we don’t really know what the ruling is going to say,” Huffman said. “I think this (the abortion ban) will pass. I think a significant number of our caucus members will support it. I just don’t know if we will be able to verify all of this in the next two weeks.”
3) Who gets a vote in Ohio?
Ohio Republicans push a state constitutional amendment to prohibit non-US citizens from voting in local elections.
It is already illegal for noncitizens to vote in state and federal elections, but a New York law recently allowed people without citizenship to vote for mayor of New York.
“This is absolutely a preventative measure,” said Sen. Bill Blessing of R-Colerain Township. “I’m sure there are a lot of people in New York who would never have imagined this happening, and here we are.”
4) Traffic camera decision
Ohio May deduct state funding from local governments who use traffic cameras, according to a ruling this week from the Ohio Supreme Court.
The unanimous decision dismissed the idea that withholding those dollars violated the “home rule” powers available to cities.
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