The anti-Semitic Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel suffered yet another loss this week.
Yesterday, LDB Senior Staff Attorney Jennie Gross testified in front of the Ohio Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee in support of Ohio’s anti-BDS bill, H.B. No. 476, “to prohibit a state agency from contracting with a company that is boycotting Israel or disinvesting from Israel.” Today, the committee passed the bill with a wide margin of 9-2.
First introduced by Ohio Assembly Representative Kirk Schuring, H.B. No. 476 passed the Ohio Assembly on November 29, by an overwhelming margin of 89 to 13. LDB President and General Counsel Kenneth L. Marcus had testified in support of the bill in front of the Ohio Assembly earlier this year.
Following today’s victory, the bill now moves to the full Senate for a floor vote, and then it will go back to the House for a concurrence. If passed, Ohio will become the 16th state to join the legislative battle against BDS.