ELF Ohio Meeting
Present: Diane (chair), Mike, Michel,
Candace, Kathy. Absent: CarolynRecording Secretary: Michel
Call to Order @ 3:04pm End: 4:06pm
Note: Because of time restrictions for some of our members, I suggest we
limit the regular meetings to one hour. To facilitate this all reports shall be
limited to 10 minutes or less except for Legal/Legislative which can take up to
15 minutes. (group agreed/nonvote)
Minutes of June 22, 2022 meeting
Changes? Change spelling of Cathy/Kathy; 2nd page – Democratic bill: LGBTQ
Minutes accepted pending amendments
Not much activity with no income.
Our phone, Red Ace, conferencing with a BALANCE of $8283.81
Accepted Treasurer’s Report
Legislature in Recess – through General Election in November
Big push to pass controversial bills in LAME DUCK
two more extreme HB598
(more detailed and explicit
and has had hearings) (Prohibit anytime after conception, in vitro
fertilization) and HB704
(defines personhood at time
of conception). Ohio law bans abortion once cardiac activity is detected
(typically 6 weeks) but legal challenge under way by ACLU/Planned Parenthood
but no emergency relief. Under HB598, any medical provider would be committing
a felony and anyone who promotes abortion (financial, drives, etc.) could be
guilty of 1st degree misdemeanor.
Divisive concepts bill (HB616)
teachers from using material or curriculum using any divisive
shared parenting/custody bill – nothing is
happening but likely that it will be revived and push through in lame duck
Ohio Supreme Court struck down Republican redistricting map and 2022 will be
based on early GOP map (GOP ran out the clock previously) and legislature in 30
days or then redistricting commission 30 days after that. R going to appeal the
decision to U.S. Sup Cour
t. Filing a writ of certioari to
exercise discretion so unlikely to accept a petition and blocks process to
redistricting in Ohio still. Legislature remains under court order for a STATE redistricting
Pg. 8, Biden Administration to protect trans youth and 20 AG’s filed against
the inclusion of these.
Ohio NOW Report
– Carolyn/Mike for Carolyn
Met on 8/13/22 – Workshops and speakers report and bylaws changes at the
Ohio NOW meeting: Akron is revived; Ohio Valley Chapter (new and active –
rape culture education/LGBTQ); Toledo chapter revived
ERA: state chapters – Archives director did not accept and ratify ERA
(registered with national archives)
Ohio NOW expects to send out a newsletter before the annual conference
– collecting addresses who were
past ELF members and broaden it.
Jan 2021: List for inclusion. Ohio NOW leadership; ELF members, COSMO and
other donors; attorneys, Ohio NOW officers, women’s lawyers orgs,
Status of the ERA
See above in Ohio NOW Report
Committee report on merging with Action Ohio
Candace, Mike & Michel
Action Ohio is considering a rebranding and refocus then they would be
disinclined to dissolve or merge.
Legal alternatives: Merger
where Action Ohio and Ohio NOW
ELF is an agreement of board memberships, staff, financial, obligations, programming
considerations would remain as part of the agreement. Ohio NOW ELF assumes
liabilities and debts. 501c3 merges and has to be approved by local Court
of Common Pleas.
: dissolves and transfers assets and does not incur the
debts of Action Ohio.
Action Ohio will be meeting about the options.
Website & Social Media
Will send draft plan to board by Friday, Sept 16, 2022
review and updates before and at the next Ohio NOW ELF meeting.
Representative on Women’s Policy
Happy Women’s Equality Day – August 26, 2022
Florida primary: Val Demings for Senate won
Wednesdays at 3:00 pm
October 26, 2022
(Annual Meeting) – Michel moved;
Candace seconded. Favor: all no opposition.