The Ohio House today voted 94-1 with 2 abstentions to pass HB61 which restores the unrestricted right of OBC access to those in Ohio adopted between January 1, 1964-September 17, 1996. It’s companion in the Senate is pending. Sadly, the bill did not pick up the ’96’s who will still be subject to a Disclosure Veto (DV) already in place for that access tier..
The truth is that Ohio Legislative Services, which vets all bills, refused to OK challenging the DV law that amounts to an agreement between the State of Ohio and a handful of cowardly biological parents who demand that the government grant them a special privilege to hide their identities from their adult offspring. This “agreement” is quite different from the blanket sealing of OBCs with no legal “agreement,” despite what opponents claim and we have shown repeatedly holds no water. No one knows how many shirkers are on file here, but the number 20 has been tossed around the last couple of years. I believe DVs can be removed from 1996 law, but the legal arguments need to be developed more fully, and the big fat arm of Legislative Services needs twisted. I also believe that the foolishness of OBC access for all but a minuscule number of bastards will within the next few years be recognized. for the absurdity it is. There is time to save those few kids who have been black-holed since they won’t even be eligible for access for another couple years. Perhaps I am too hopeful.