Advocacy

The Ohio State Beekeepers Association, Inc. is the advocate for Ohio’s beekeepers at the state and national level. We educate and advocate for and about beekeeping, beekeepers, and honey bees in Ohio.  

We collaborate with local beekeepers for local advocacy and education issues.

Support HB 392

Please take action today on the issue below:

ADD YOUR NAME TO THE LETTER:

Sign Letter

CALL MEMBERS OF THE OHIO SENATE AGRICULTURAL COMMITTEE TODAY FOR HB 392.

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The Ohio State Beekeepers Association, Inc. (OSBA) has been working since 2017 on HB 392- the Apiary Owners Immunity Bill, which would grant apiary owners immunity from certain torts related to stinging incidents.  In April of 2018 the bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee where it has received three hearings with supportive testimony from OSBA, individual beekeepers, and Farm Bureau.

We need your help again to encourage the Senate Agriculture Committee to hold a vote to send HB 392 out of the Committee to the full Senate.

Ohio beekeepers share your voice for your honey bees and encourage the Senate Agriculture Committee to vote in favor of HB 392.

Between Nov. 19-23, OSBA asks Ohio beekeepers to call the members of the Senate Agriculture Committee and leave the short message below:

Hello, my name is ___________, and I am an Ohio beekeeper.  I urge the Senator to hold a vote in the Senate Agriculture Committee on HB 392 and vote in favor of sending it to the full Senate. HB 392, the Apiary Owners Immunity Bill, will help protect individual beekeepers, cultural venues and educational institutions who provide pollinators and pollinator education, and the public.  I join with Ohio State Beekeepers Association in support of HB 392.  Please hold a vote in favor of HB 392 in the Senate Agriculture Committee before the end of this legislative session.  Thank you.

Senate Agriculture Committee members:

Senator Bob Hackett 614-466-3780

Senator Frank Hoagland 614-466-6508

Senator Sean O’Brien 614-466-7182

Senator Bill Beagle  614-466-6247

Senator Stephanie Kunze  614-466-5981

Senator Frank LaRose  614-466-4823   

Senator Rob McColley  614-466-8150

Senator Bob Peterson  614-466-8156

Senator Michael Skindell  614-466-5123

Senator Charleta Tavares  614-466-5131

Senator Joe Uecker  614-466-8082