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Overview

Ohio has an anti-boycott law in effect that prohibits state contracts with entities, including sole proprietors, that engage in discriminatory boycotts of Israel or territories it occupies. Ohio has also passed a non-binding resolution that falsely links boycotts for Palestinian rights with rising antisemitism on college campuses.

State Legislation

Legislation
HB 476
Status
In Effect
In Effect Since
March 2017
Type(s)
Anti-boycott, State Contracts
Full Text
Read HB 476 

This anti-boycott law prohibits state contracts with companies, including sole proprietors, unless the contract includes a written certification that the company does not and will not for the duration of the contract engage in a boycott of any jurisdiction with whom Ohio can enjoy open trade, including Israel and the territories it occupies. Because HB 476 excludes boycotts based on specific conduct of a targeted entity and those applied in a nondiscriminatory manner, boycotts for justice fall outside its scope.

Resolutions

Legislation
HCR 10
Status
Passed
Date Passed
December 2018
Full Text
Read HCR 10 

This non-binding resolution condemns BDS, particularly academic boycotts. The resolution falsely links boycotts for justice with rising antisemitism, claiming that such accountability efforts are “legitimizing” antisemitism on college campuses. The resolution was amended to add language also condemning “white nationalist, neo-Nazi, and national socialist groups,” thereby conflating BDS campaigns seeking justice with those that promote hate, persecution, and violence.

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