Issue 1 Officially Removed From Ballot

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release:  November 2, 2007
Contact:  Phil Burress, President (513) 733-5775
David Miller, Vice President for Public Policy

Issue 1 officially removed from ballot

“A victory for the families of Ohio”

An eleventh-hour effort to keep alive a referendum on Sub. S.B.16, the Community Defense Act (CDA), is now officially dead.  CDA therefore remains in effect.

Yesterday, November 1, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner issued a directive to the county boards of elections instructing them to remove State Issue 1 from their ballots

“This is a victory for the families of Ohio,” said Burress, president of the Citizens for Community Values, the organization that brought CDA to the legislature in January by initiative petition  “The purpose of CDA was to protect our families and communities by reducing the crime associated with sexually oriented businesses, to protect our properties, and to cut down on urban blight.  These are the very reasons that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that communities have a right to regulate message parlors, pornographic bookstores, peep booths, strip clubs and other sex businesses.”

Burress also praised the Ohio legislature for working together to pass a law that would accomplish those ends.

“Seventy-five percent of both the Ohio House and Senate – Republicans and Democrats alike – voted for this protective law,” said Burress.  He especially praised Speaker of the House Jon Husted and Senate President Bill Harris for insuring that CDA received fair hearings and then voting in favor of the law.

During the campaign to secure passage of CDA, CCV became one of the ground-level partners in a coalition to fight human sexual trafficking in Ohio.

“We learned that Ohio was a hub for this horrendous crime,” Burress explained, “and also found that many trafficking victims ended up enslaved in the sex industry.  This is just another of the many crimes that stand to be reduced by this law.”

Burress said that immediate plans for the organization he leads include introducing strong human trafficking legislation for Ohio, as well as working in support of organizations that reach out to women seeking to leave the sex industry.