Extreme anti-protest bill on the move: stop HB 109
An extreme, anti-protest, anti-free speech bill is on the move in Ohio. House Bill 109 was born as a reaction to last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder – it will harm our democracy and must be stopped.
House Bill 109:
- Includes extreme penalties, among them the seizing of assets and shutting down organizations, for those who engage in constitutionally protected speech
- Allows police officers to sue and bankrupt people who make "false complaints" against them but provides no detail as to the type of "complaint" or who decides what is "false"
- Creates three new felonies and one new misdemeanor and enhances four current offenses for actions that are already illegal
HB 109 was voted out of the House Criminal Justice Committee on November 10. Next, this legislation will be up for a full House vote.
TAKE ACTION: Contact your House Representative and voice your opposition to House Bill 109 – ask them to vote NO when the bill is on the House floor.
This draconian, dissent destroying bill must be rejected.
Your Ohio House Representative