Ohio House of Representatives

Removed Ohio House budget provisions gone but not forgotten

Apr 22, 2015

The state budget bill went through one last, major overhaul of changes before passing out of a Ohio House committee this week. The amendments took out several contentious provisions, but that doesn’t mean some of the controversial issues are going away.

Some changes made by House Republicans in their revised two-year, $71.5 billion budget bill were born out of compromise, such as adding money so the secretary of state can mail out absentee ballot applications.

But there are other, more disputed provisions that are gone but not forgotten.

Ohio House GOP proposes budget very different from the Kasich plan

Apr 15, 2015
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

Republican leaders of the Ohio House want to scrap some tax hikes proposed by Gov. John Kasich. But they also want to keep a proposed tax cut, even though it won’t be as big as he wanted.

Kasich’s proposed budget included a three quarter of a percent increase in the state’s sales tax. It would apply the sales tax to some services that are not currently taxed.

There was a lot that happened in the House in the final weeks of the last General Assembly. There were so many committee meetings it was hard to get a quorum sometimes, there were marathon sessions on the floor, and there was the almost-unheard-of failed vote on the Republican-backed abortion measure known as the Heartbeat Bill.

But when Republican House Speaker Bill Batchelder of Medina and Democratic Leader Tracy Maxwell Heard of Columbus sat down to talk about the lame duck session, they had different impressions about whether the climate was confrontational or cooperative.

State Rep. Peter Beck
Ohio House of Representatives website

State Rep. Peter Beck, a Mason Republican indicted on 69 counts of fraud and theft, has resigned from the Ohio House.

Mike Dittoe, a spokesman for Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder, said Beck’s resignation was turned in Sunday and put on the House record Monday.

Beck, a former Mason council member and mayor, would have been gone by the end of the month, when his present term expired.

Ohio House Republicans select leaders

Nov 12, 2014
Andy Chow/Ohio Public Radio

Cliff Rosenberger of Clinton County will be Ohio’s first Asian-American Speaker of the House.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

One of Cincinnati's most storied political figures has died. According to family, William L. Mallory Sr. died peacefully Tuesday morning following an illness. He was 82.

Former Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory says his father could find inspiration in almost anything.

"He would be inspired by a thought, by a vision, by a natural landscape, and this would cause him to take on something new," says Mallory. "Sometimes it was poetry, sometimes it was legislation, sometimes it was activism... he was a deeply spiritual man."

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The Ohio General Assembly's House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee met in Cincinnati Thursday to hear from people who claim they were targeted for extra scrutiny by the IRS.

Those who spoke, talked about how they had to answer pages of confusing questions that, at times, sounded like political research on their groups.

Timothy Savaglio is a member of the Liberty Township Tea Party. He says filling out the IRS's many and pointed questionnaires became like a full-time job.

State Rep. Peter Beck
Ohio House of Representatives website

State Rep. Peter Beck of Mason, indicted Friday on 16 felony charges, will not be resigning from his seat in the Ohio House, his lawyer said Monday.

"He has no intention of doing that,'' Konrad Kircher, the Mason lawyer who is defending the Republican lawmaker told WVXU. "These are just charges. He plans to fight them, clear his name, and put this behind him."