Ohio General Assembly

Local News
8:14 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Ohio House, Senate hold opening day ceremonies

Outgoing Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder hands the gavel to the new speaker, Repubican Cliff Rosenberger of Clinton County
Andy Chow/Ohio Public Radio

Opening day for the new Ohio General Assembly Monday played out more like a ceremony than a typical House and Senate session. All the members --new and returning—were sworn-in.

The House held the official vote for its leadership teams which included new House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger—a Republican from Clarksville in Clinton County.

Rosenberger said legislatures in the past have worked on workforce development and creating employment for Ohioans—now he’d like to focus on what he calls “mobility.:

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Local News
6:00 am
Fri January 2, 2015

2014 year in review: Kasich vs. Legislature, 2015 preview

2015 has all the elements of an exciting year in the state capitol.

2015 is a budget year, and that potentially means battles over priorities. And Gov. John Kasich knows it.

“As executive, I’ve got to tell you, I don’t care if I have to break some china. But that’s not the best way to do things,” Kasich said. “The best way to do things is to get cooperation out of the people you work with.”

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Local News
9:18 am
Wed December 31, 2014

2014 Year in review: Groups can't agree to raising severance tax

Raising the tax on oil and gas drillers has been a major issue in Ohio. But just when it seemed like policymakers were poised to take a big step towards a change, other issues got in the way.

Going back-and-forth on the severance tax seems to be a new annual tradition between Gov. John Kasich’s administration and the oil and gas industry. Legislators from the House and Senate are also in the mix—falling into both camps.

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Local News
6:00 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Bills that didn't pass the Ohio General Assembly in 2014

It’s been a productive year for Ohio lawmakers, who passed bills dealing with redistricting, budget revisions and red light cameras. But many bills that got a lot of attention with the end of the two-year General Assembly didn’t pass.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Bills that passed the Ohio General Assembly in 2014

Maybe the legislation needed more time for review or didn’t have quite enough support. Whatever the reason—this was the year those bills finally made it past state lawmakers.

The most recent example is the reform to Ohio’s redistricting process. For the past decade, critics of the process have said it creates maps that are aggressively gerrymandered, which is what happens when lawmakers redraw voting districts to benefit their political party.

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