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OHIO SENATE BILL 245
December 14, 2006

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DATE: December 14, 2006
SUBJECT: Ohio: Senate Bill 245
TO: Ohio Naturists and other concerned citizens

Dear Ohio Naturist,

This is an Update from the Naturist Action Committee concerning an important legislative situation in the state of Ohio.

Despite the focused efforts of NAC and of naturists and nudists in Ohio, Senate Bill 245 has been reported favorably without amendment by the House Criminal Justice Committee. It passed today in a floor vote of the Ohio House of Representatives, and it will become law.

This is a setback for naturists.

SENATE BILL 245

Briefly, Senate Bill 245 creates a significant increase in the level of punishment for mere nudity in the presence of a minor. It mandates harsh judicial treatment for repeat sex predators, but it also imposes the same harsh treatment on repeat skinny-dippers and on others with subsequent offenses involving simple, nonsexual, nonpredatory nudity.

In a NAC Action Alert issued on December 7, the Naturist Action Committee asked Ohio residents to contact key Ohio lawmakers concerning Senate Bill 245. Your responses to that call for action were impressive, both in their quantity and their quality.

NAC commends and thanks all who took action by contacting lawmakers.
 
LEGISLATIVE HEARING IN HOUSE COMMITTEE

On Tuesday, December 12, the House Criminal Justice Committee conducted a hearing for SB 245. A gratifying number of Ohio naturists and nudists showed up from across the state for the hearing, which was scheduled for 2:30 in the afternoon. A little after 7 o'clock in the evening, the hearing actually began.

During the delay, NAC and its legislative lobbyist worked relentlessly with lawmakers to strike a deal for reasonable revisions to the bill. NAC had offered both a substitute bill and a strike-and-add line-by-line amendment. Negotiations came apart, however, when the bill's sponsor, Senator Gary Cates (R-West Chester), emphatically insisted that no change whatsoever be made to the text of his bill.

Five speakers testified on behalf of naturists and nudists: Naturist Action Committee Area Representative Bob Neinast, AANR-Midwest President Harvey Hanna, Buckeye Naturists President Jim Mills, North Coast Naturists Newsletter Editor Alan McIlwain and NAC Executive Director Bob Morton. The hearing room was peppered throughout with naturist and nudist supporters, and when Neinast asked them to rise and be recognized, more than twenty people stood up.

NAC expresses its deep appreciation to each individual who attended the hearing.

With the bill's sponsor refusing to allow his bill to be modified and most committee members refusing to be seen voting against a sex offender bill, even the most persuasive testimony had little chance of success. In the final vote for committee passage of SB 245, only two committee members voted no.

WHAT IS NAC DOING?

The Naturist Action Committee acknowledges the American Association for Nude Recreation and its regional affiliate, AANR-Midwest, each of which is shouldering a share of the expense for the professional legislative lobbyist NAC retains in Ohio.

After the new legislative session begins in January, NAC will assess the task of correcting the excesses of Senate Bill 245 through new legislation. We are not finished with this fight!

WHAT IS NAC ASKING YOU TO DO?

This is an update. The Naturist Action Committee is not asking for further action to be taken at this time.

MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

Additional information and links, including the complete text of Ohio Senate Bill 245 and NAC's proposed alternative language, are available on the Web site of the Naturist Action Committee.

  
www.naturistaction.org

Select "Alerts" and find this NAC Update under Current Updates.

A more detailed account of the events surrounding Ohio Senate Bill 245 will appear as an article in the January 2007 issue of the Nude & Natural Newsletter. Donors to NAC (minimum $20) receive the monthly Newsletter as a token of NAC's appreciation.

PLEASE HELP NAC TO CONTINUE HELPING NATURISTS!

Fighting bad legislation on behalf of naturists is expensive. You may wonder how the Naturist Action Committee can ask for contributions after a loss, but that's exactly when it's needed most! Please be generous with your donation to NAC, so that we may address this setback.

   NAC
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   Oshkosh, WI 54903

Or call toll free (800) 886-7230 to donate by phone using your MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card. Or use your credit card to make a convenient online donation:
www.naturistaction.org/donate/

Thank you for choosing to make a difference.

Naturally,

Bob Morton
Executive Director
Naturist Action Committee

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