Mandel divestiture legislation gets local, lengthy profile; rumblings persist that he'll get Spada's seat if Spada leaves

Read the entire article, from the Cleveland Jewish News, here. It contains far more detail than previous articles about my state representative, Josh Mandel‘s proposal to divest Ohio’s pension funds of investments linked to Iran. According to the article, Mandel’s legislation has at least 25 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle and no known organized opposition. The article says that it will be introduced this coming week (starting 3/26).

As a recap, Bill Sloat raises these Ohio-employer specific issues. I also noted that Siemens provides millions in education funding to Americans.

What would Mandel suggest we do in regard to those issues – does the current federal prohibition cover such activities? Are students and teachers and schools who take that money in violation of federal law? If it’s not prohibited, should it be? Would he propose that all Ohio’s schools refrain from participating in the Siemen’s program (my school district, in Mandel’s district, won the award this year).

As for the State Senator Bob Spada seat swap, there’s a quick hit from today on it here. This is what Spada’s state senate district, 24, my district, looks like – the Emerald Necklace alright, and then some.

2 thoughts on “Mandel divestiture legislation gets local, lengthy profile; rumblings persist that he'll get Spada's seat if Spada leaves

  1. So is part of your point that you can ban the investments in those companies all you want, but nothing else may change so it’s all window dressing for that representative?

  2. 1. Q: Does federal law prohibit foreign companies which happen to have investments in Iran from making donations to US persons? A: No.2. Q: Does federal law prohibit US persons from taking such money? A: No.3. Q: Should these activities be banned? A: Ask your local attention-seeking, know-nothing state representative.

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