Today is National Voter Registration Day: September 24

In 2008, 6 million Americans did not vote because they did not know how to register or they missed their state's voter registration deadline, according to the US Census. In 2013, the National Voter Registration Day campaign is striving to make sure no American is left out. Today, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will "hit the streets" for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated volunteer, technology and media efforts will create widespread awareness of voter registration opportunities—allowing tens of thousands of voters to learn about voting and get registered. Visit http://www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org for more information and to get registered.

Medicaid Expansion Proposed for the Ballot
Columbus—After legislative leadership chose not to expand Medicaid as outlined in Governor Kasich’s budget, many Ohioans gathered on Capitol Square to demonstrate in favor of increasing healthcare access for hard -working citizens. Ohio’s GOP decided against Medicaid expansion, despite the fact that expanding the federal program would create tens of thousands of jobs in the healthcare sector and provide decent and affordable healthcare coverage to 275,000 Ohioans who currently are without health insurance. The Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Hospital Association, and a number of other groups support the expansion, noting the positive economic impact it will have on Ohio’s stalled economic recovery. Unhappy with this decision, a group of Ohioans is proposing to take Medicaid expansion to the ballot for a statewide vote by citizens. The process, called an initiated statute, allows voters to create a law. How an Initiated Statute Works: (1) Create a petitioner's committee Represents the group and files the initial petition with the Ohio Attorney General and Secretary of State. (2) Gather 115,600 signatures By December 2013, the group must have signatures that meet stringent guidelines and requirements that are then approved by the Secretary of State. (3) General Assembly consideration Before being put on the ballot, the General Assembly would consider the measure in January of 2014 for a maximum of four months. (4) The Ballot If the General Assembly (GA) does not act, or the petitioner's committee is not satisfied with the GA's action, the law will be on the November 2014 ballot. For more information, visit the Secretary of State's website.

Bill Would Restrict Parental Rights of Convicted Rapists
Columbus—Jointly sponsored by Senators Tavares (D-Columbus) and Turner, Senate Bill 171 would restrict the parental rights of convicted rapists. This legislation permits a survivor of rape or sexual battery to file a claim to terminate the attacker’s parental rights—including custody, parenting time, and consent to adoption—over a minor child conceived as a result of a sexual offense. Ohio is one of 31 states where there is no legal protection of rape survivors which resulted in the birth of a child. This injustice extends the trauma of rape and re-victimizes the rape survivor. The state’s legal system must be corrected to prevent rapists from exerting more power over their victims. SB 171 is awaiting committee assignment and hearings before it would be sent to the Senate floor for a vote. Similar legislation has been introduced as a bipartisan effort in the Ohio House by State Reps. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Schuring (R-Canton) as House Bill 257. Both bills have generated a positive reaction from a broad coalition of advocacy groups.

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