John Adams has been a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 78th District since 2007. He serves as the majority whip. Adams is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, serving as Ohio state leader.
Rep. John Adams is one of the most engaged ALEC members in the country. He attended six ALEC events in 2009 and 2010, was a member of the Tax & Fiscal Policy Task Force, was named a 2010 ALEC “Legislator of the Year” and is Ohio’s state Co-Chairman for ALEC. Kara Joseph, his legislative aide, is a point person for ALEC in the state and won ALEC’s 2011 “Volunteer of the Year” award. Many of Adams’ extreme ideas on state revenue are tied to ALEC policies. Adams contributed a column to the April 2010 edition of Inside ALEC magazine, where he wrote, “The only way to reenergize the state economy is to eliminate the job-killing income tax….” He also sent the ALEC Super-Majority Act, which calls for a two-thirds supermajority for all tax and license fee increases for review by the policy arm of the Ohio House Republican Caucus. This anti-democratic measure would allow a small minority of legislators to obstruct the will of a majority of state representatives to increase taxes in order to meet the needs of Ohio citizens. Adams’ true role in passing ALEC legislation in Ohio extends far beyond the bills he introduces. As Majority Whip for the Ohio House, Adams wields a lot of soft power by deciding what bills will move forward through the legislative process. As Ohio co-chair, he has written a number of thank-you letters that would seem more appropriate for a non-profit director or fundraiser than a high-ranking sitting legislator. He wrote to ALEC corporate and lobbyist sponsors in 2009, saying, “If I can be of any assistance in the future, or if you have suggestions to improve ALEC in Ohio, please do not hesitate to contact me.” Adams’ campaign fund has benefitted from his close relationship to ALEC. Since 2006, his campaign has received at least $28,135 in corporate PAC donations from ALEC members, corporations or their employees.
Bill Would Require Man’s OK For Abortion
An Ohio lawmaker has introduced a bill that would prevent a woman from having an abortion unless she gets written consent from the biological father.The proposal by State Rep. John Adams, R-Sidney, has stirred up controversy across the nation, 10TV’s Kevin Landers reported.
“What does the father have to say in the abortion of his child? He has nothing to say (under current law),” Adams told 10TV News.
In the case where the father isn’t known, House Bill 252 would compel the woman to provide a list of names of people who may be the father in an effort to determine paternity. The bill also would make it a crime for women to lie about who the father is, and make it illegal for doctors to perform abortions without the father’s consent.
The bill would force a woman to have a child if the father does not agree to an abortion.
“That child should be born, not killed,” Adams said.
The proposal has created a fire storm among pro-choice advocates.
Pro-Choice Ohio issued a statement saying Adams’ bill is “completely out of touch with Ohio’s mainstream values. The measure is a clear attack on a woman’s freedom and privacy…. It does absolutely nothing to reduce the need for abortion.”
The group Feminists for Choice released a statement saying “…this is ridiculous. It’s just another mechanism for demonizing and isolating women who have sex.”
Planned Parenthood vows to fight the legislation if it becomes law.
“It would require written informed consent of the potential father,” Gary Daugherty, executive director of Planned Parenthood of Ohio, told 10TV News. “The (U.S.) Supreme Court has already spoken on the issue. It is clearly unconstitutional.”
Adams’ bill is not considered likely to gain approval in the Democratic-controlled House.