Aug. 24, 2017
This week, we witnessed a solar eclipse and the Ohio General Assembly voted to override the Governor. Both occurrences are considered rare.
Not since 2006 has the Ohio General Assembly successfully reversed a gubernatorial veto, that is, until this week. On Tuesday, the Ohio Senate joined the Ohio House in overriding Governor Kasich's vetoes on six state budget provisions, leaving on the table five other items the Ohio House has already taken steps to overturn.
While reserving the right to take up them up at a later date (potentially the first week of September), Senate leaders expressed hope that they could work out a compromise with the Administration, particularly as it relates to providing additional funds to counties and transit authorities. Legislators sought to raise franchise fees on Medicaid managed care services to make up the funding lost now that such services cannot be subject to the sales tax under federal rules. (It's a loooong story—more here).
Discussions will continue in the coming weeks but, until then, The Columbus Dispatch has a good primer on the Senate's actions this week, and some interesting history on previous veto overrides.
Incidentally, the 2006 veto override involved gun laws. Then-Governor Taft had vetoed a bill that prohibited cities from imposing their own gun control measures. OSBA Senior Director of Policy and Government Affairs Todd Book can tell you all about it—he was a State Representative at the time.
The Place to Be for CLE
Opportunities abound to get up to speed on the latest law changes impacting your area of practice at the All-Ohio Legal Forum in Cleveland starting TODAY. Check out the full schedule at www.allohiolegalforum.org. Though online registration has closed, friendly OSBA staff will be on hand at the registration desk at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland to help you.
The week ahead:
No voting sessions scheduled until after Labor Day, making it a good time to...
...Book Todd Book
OSBA Senior Director of Policy and Government Affairs Todd Book has been on the road, visiting local legal offices, county/municipal bars and other local organizations to provide updates on what the Ohio General Assembly has been up to. These presentations are not only informative and entertaining, but CLE credit worthy! If you would like to book Todd for an upcoming meeting or event, contact him directly at email@example.com or (614) 487-4464.
Track OSBA priority legislation
Keep track of the progress on OSBA priority legislation via the Legislative section at www.OhioBar.org.