March 22, 2017
WASHINGTON DC – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) released its 2016 ratings of the Ohio Legislature. In our sixth year of rating the state, ACU found that Republican legislators tended to vote slightly less conservatively compared to last year, with the overall Republican average decreasing by 2.5 points– from 84.5 out of 100 in 2015, to 82 out of 100 in 2016.
“Despite some decreasing Republican scores, conservatives still enjoyed notable achievements last session,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. Modest victories included passage of bills that reduced the state’s abuse of asset forfeiture, and increased legislative oversight of state agency programs. In addition, lawmakers worked to defend the sanctity of life by passing, and getting signed into law, a bill that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks into a pregnancy.
“While the 20 week abortion ban is certainly a major step forward, I am very disappointed in the Governor’s decision to veto a bill which would have prohibited an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected,” said Schlapp. “As conservatives we must take advantage of all opportunities we have to further limit this tragic practice.”
A detailed scorecard has been produced for all 50 state legislative bodies across the full spectrum of conservative issues, with scores for over 7,400 individual legislators. ACU is the only organization in the nation to do this. Like our Congressional ratings that have been published for 45 consecutive years, ACU’s state ratings reflect how elected officials view the role of government in an individual’s life. Ohio legislators with the strongest scores consistently voted with the ideals articulated in the U.S. Constitution.
New in this year’s ratings are references to how legislation impacts families based on the ACU Foundation’s new Family Prosperity Index. Also highlighted are issues ACU Foundation’s policy centers and Senior Fellows focus on.
To view our Ohio ratings guide, visit http://acuratings.conservative.org/state-ratings-2016/ and click on Ohio.
ACU researches and selects a wide range of bills that reflect a member’s adherence to conservative principles, whether they be economic, social, cultural, or government integrity. Legislators who score above 80% in each state receive awards for their commitment to conservative principles. As President Ronald Reagan stated, “The person who agrees with you 80% of the time is an ally.”
The following Representatives and Senators will receive a 2016 ACU Ratings Award:
Representatives: AMSTUTZ, ANTANI, BAKER, BECKER, BLESSING, BOOSE, BRENNER, BUCHY, BURKLEY, BUTLER, CONDITT, CUPP, DEAN, DEVER, GINTER, GREEN, HAGAN, HALL, HENNE, HILL, HOOD, HUFFMAN, KOEHLER, LANDIS, LaTOURETTE, McCOLLEY, PELANDA, PERALES, REINEKE, RETHERFORD, ROEGNER, ROMANCHUK, ROSENBERGER, RUHL, RYAN, SCHAFFER, SCHERER, SCHURING, SMITH, R., SPRAGUE, TERHAR, THOMPSON, VITALE, YOUNG, and ZELTWANGER
Senators: BACON, BALDERSON, BURKE, FABER, HACKETT, HOTTINGER, HUGHES, JONES, JORDAN, OBHOF, OELSLAGER, PETERSON, SEITZ, and UECKER
For more information contact Fred McGrath at (202) 347-9388 or by email at [email protected]
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