Senator Grendell's Response to Nitro's Law, HB70

I received this e-mail from Senator Grendell today regarding his support of HB70, Nitro's Law.  I interpreted his e-mail as a polite response letting us know that nothing would get done on this Bill this year:

-----Original Message-----
From: Senator Grendell []
Sent: Monday, November 29, 2010 2:20 PM
Subject: HB 70 (Nitro's Law)

Good Afternoon.

Thank you for writing to me regarding House Bill 70 (Nitro's Law).
Unfortunately, we were unable to hold hearings on HB 70 prior to the recess.  However, I am in full support of Nitro's Bill and I appreciate your comments and support of the bill. I will continue to work with my colleagues to move this very important bill forward. Thank you so much for contacting me and please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any other concerns. Thank you again.


Timothy J. Grendell
18th Senate District

Here is my response to Senator Grendell today:

Dear Senator Grendell,

I appreciate that you support House Bill 70 (Nitro's Law), but actions speak louder than words.  I sense from the tone of your e-mail that this important vote will get delayed.  I did not read anything positive about how it will be scheduled before year-end.  If you really support the Bill, you will make sure that it gets advanced before the end of the year.  There is plenty of opportunity.  

Perhaps the real reason for the delay is because Republicans want to wait to take full control of the legislature and governor's office next year?  It is public knowledge that Ohio lawmakers are not anxious to get much accomplished before the end of the year.  Please reference's article:  

Senator Grendell, I urge you to move this important Bill forward -- right now, this year, no excuses.  Otherwise your office is as guilty as Steve Croley himself.  Steve Croley paid lip service to the owners who entrusted their pets to his care, and perhaps you are paying lip service to the public that you are supposed to serve?  It is easy to pay lip service, and the last thing we need is more excuses.  Please follow through and show us that you feel this Bill is important.  I pray that you can stand up and be counted as a Senator that made a real difference for the animals.  



Please feel free to cut and paste or copy my response to Senator Grendell.  I urge everyone to keep pushing forward on this important Bill.  Through Senator Grendell's lack of positive action, I fear he is paying lip service to the taxpaying public much like Steve Croley paid lip service to the owners of the dogs in his care.  

RIP, Nitro and the others who fought a hard battle but ended up going to a better place.  You will never be forgotten.  

1 comment:

  1. Grendell may skip Ohio House seat
    He's worried about state Senate fill-in
    Thursday, November 18, 2010 11:34 PM
    By Jim Siegel

    ...The Columbus Dispatch
    Saying he doesn't want to leave his constituents with someone "who is not consistent with the values I've represented," Sen. Timothy J. Grendell is contemplating staying in the Ohio Senate instead of moving to the House seat he won on Election Day.

    While it is common in the era of eight-year term limits for state lawmakers to switch chambers to prolong their careers, this could be the first case where a lawmaker declines to make the switch after an election. Grendell, R-Chesterland, could still serve two more years before he is term-limited out of the Senate.

    Senate Republicans would fill his open 18th District seat. If he stays in the Senate, House Republicans are expected to fill the open 98th District.

    Grendell is working both chambers to get a replacement that he agrees with.

    Story continues belowAdvertisement "I have a duty to make sure that whoever fills the other seat shares the principles and values of the constituents who elected me to that seat," he said.

    "The second seat needs to have a real fiscally conservative, family-values Republican who has a record that matches those qualifications."

    Grumbling around the Statehouse is that Grendell is trying to force one chamber or the other to appoint his wife, Diane Grendell, an appeals-court judge and former lawmaker.

    "This is not about my wife, despite what some naysayers want to say," Grendell said. "If I was a betting man, I would suspect she is going to stay on the court of appeals."

    Reportedly, five people have expressed interest in Grendell's Senate seat, which covers Lake and Geauga counties: former state Rep. Jamie Callender; former state Sen. Robert A. Gardner; a pair of township trustees, Christopher Galloway and Matt Lynch; and David Fiebig, an unsuccessful House candidate.

    Grendell criticized the four potential candidates he knew about. He said he's talking to other potential appointees.

    Grendell replaced his wife in the House in 2000 after she was elected to the 11th District Court of Appeals. He was elected to the Senate in 2004.

    Rep. Louis W. Blessing Jr., R-Cincinnati, the No. 2 House leader next year, said he was aware of the situation but had not spoken to Grendell.

    "Those things Tim Grendell is concerned about should have been talked about, discussed and negotiated prior to now," Blessing said.

    Comment from a Dispatch reader:
    Mayberry Resident
    Piqua, OH

    Friday Nov 19 What an arrogant buzzard this guy is!!. I hope whatever direction he goes that legislative body slaps him down good.
    His wife was just as much of a creep as he is when she was in there. You may recall she held up the whole budget over some small airport allocation that she was demanding. These two are bad news and give Republicans a bad name.

    If I was in the legislature I certainly would not support someone as arrogant as this creep.