Ladies' Gallery - What They Fought For

 

84th General Assembly

 

H. B. 233, sponsored by Lulu Gleason
While serving as State Legislative Superintendent of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), Lulu Gleason spent many hours at the Statehouse doing legislative work. Though not yet an elected lawmaker, she assisted with the development of House Bill 233 which provided for the observance of an annual temperance day program in the public schools of Ohio. H.B. 233 was sponsored in the legislature by Republican Rep. John W. Gorrell, a farmer representing Carroll County and who served as a member of the House Committee on Temperance. The bill was passed on May 14, 1921 and later signed into law by Governor Harry Davis.

 

 

85th General Assembly

 

H.B. 141, sponsored by Nettie Mackenzie Clapp
Rep. Clapp was particularly interested in legislation pertaining to good citizenship. During her second year in office, she introduced House Bill 141 which required public schools to teach the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Ohio. H.B. 141 passed both the House and the Senate without a dissenting vote, and was the first bill sponsored by a woman member of the legislature to be signed into law. It was passed on March 8, 1923, during her second year in office and signed into law by Governor Vic Donahey.


H.B. 584, sponsored by Nettie Mackenzie Clapp
House Bill 584 amended certain sections of the General Code relative to the creation and management of county library districts. H.B. 584 was passed on April 5, 1923 and later signed into law by Governor Vic Donahey.




S.B. 130, sponsored by Maude Comstock Waitt
Sen. Waitt, of Cuyahoga County, introduced Senate Bill 130 which would allow for the sale of a portion of the then-present site of the Cleveland State Hospital, and would appropriate the proceeds of the sale to constructing and improving buildings at the Hospital. This bill was voted out of the House and Senate in April 1923, and passed into law "notwithstanding the objections of the Governor."



S.B. 138, sponsored by Maude Comstock Waitt
Senate Bill 138 authorized the state medical board to appoint visiting teachers for recognized schools of nursing in an effort to supervise and standardize the educational curriculum at nursing schools. The bill specifies that for their services, the nursing instructors will receive at least $2,400 a year. S.B. 138 successfully passed out of the House and Senate on April 6, 1923 and was signed into law by Governor Vic Donahey.



S.B. 252, sponsored by Maude Comstock Waitt
Senate Bill 252 relates to the joint guardianship of minor children. S.B. 252 allows children over the age of 14 to select a guardian, and if deemed acceptable, the court may appoint that person guardian. The bill also specifies that a wife and husband are joint natural guardians of their minor children, but if the husband and wife live apart, the court may award guardianship to either parent. S.B. 252 passed out of the House and Senate on April 6, 1923 and was signed into law later that month by Governor Vic Donahey.

 

 

86th General Assembly

 

H.B. 344, sponsored by Nettie Mackenzie Clapp
During her time in the Ohio House of Representatives, Rep. Clapp served as the chairman of the Committee on Library. Her interest in library matters let to the introduction of House Bill 344, which amended and enacted supplemental sections of the General Code relative to the administration of public libraries. H.B. 344 was passed on April 5, 1923 and later signed into law by Governor Vic Donahey.