Archive for March, 2011

Special Delivery: 65,415 Signatures in Opposition to SB 5

YouTube – March 29 Hagan on SB5 Process.dv.

Tension was high in the SB 5 committee hearing today.  Several of our members marched into the meeting holding boxes filled with tens of thousands of signatures from hardworking Ohioans opposed to the passage of SB 5, which would effectively eliminate collective bargaining rights for Ohio’s public workers.  If Republicans still haven’t picked-up on Ohioans’ oh-so “subtle” clues that they’re just not liking this bill, it’s likely that nothing, not even the special-delivery of over 65,000 signatures in opposition to its passage, will get this message accross. 

Representative Uecker, chairman of the committee, ordered the boxes  to be removed from the room moments after their arrival.  Dollies were rolled in one-by-one as Representative Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngtown) challenged the decision to remove the signatures.  He asked the Chairman if he would, at the very least, promise to look over the documents.

“I will make no such promises,” was Rep. Uecker’s Response.

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Opinions of a Legislator – Rep. Pillich

A couple weeks ago, the Ohio House of Representatives passed a resolution to urge President Obama and NASA to select the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for public display of a space shuttle orbiter.  The space shuttle program is retiring this year, and the four existing shuttles need homes.  One will go to the Smithsonian, leaving three up for grabs.

Of course, the Air Force Museum is THE best place for a shuttle to retire — and my status as an Air Force Veteran has nothing to do with that!

The Air Force Museum is the oldest and largest museum of military aviation in the world.  The 400+ piece collection features aircraft from the earliest era of flight up to the space age.  It has Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space capsules, and includes my personal favorite:  the SR-71 spy plane.  The museum already has sufficient space inside its climate-controlled building for the shuttle.  Over 1.3 million people visit the museum each year — and admission is free!  The space shuttle resolution will be sent to President Obama, NASA, and Congress to express our position and urge them to select us.  Let’s hope we win!

State Representative Connie Pillich represents the 28th Ohio House District


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