Unruly Ohio House Members Drown Out Female Legislator by Banging on Their Desks as She Introduces Amendment

By Craig Bannister | June 25, 2021 | 2:41pm EDT
Ohio Rep. Jena Powell

When Republican Ohio State Rep. Jena Powell introduced an amendment to protect biological female athletes from being forced to compete against transgender biological males, other representatives opposed to her measure loudly banged on their desks in order to drown out her remarks.

Rep. Powell tried to quell the ruckus by pausing but, when it continued, raised her voice and pressed on. The banging continued until the president of the House raised a point of order.


The banging began when Powell began describing how female athletes are losing opportunities, such as scholarships, because they are competing against biological males identifying as female athletes:

“Across our country, female athletes are currently losing scholarships, opportunities, medals, education and training opportunities.

“This amendment will require schools that are part of the OHSAA to designate separate teams of participants of the biological sex. No school interscholastic conference or organization that regulates inner scholastics shall permit biological males to participate on athletic teams or an athletic competition only for biological female participants.”

“The Ohio House of Representatives has passed a bill to allow college athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness after adding a transgender ban amendment into the legislation.”

As the banging continued to disrupt her remarks, Rep. Powell began detailing Ohio’s current policy, until a point of order was raised and the pounding stopped.

The Senate previously passed the original bill, which would have banned colleges and universities from prohibiting transgender athletes from competing as the sex of their choice, regardless of their biological traits. The House’s revised bill, including the amendment, passed by a 57-36 vote and now proceeds back to the Ohio Senate, WBNS reports.

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