Sept. 7, 2017
Senate session canceled
As Senate leaders continue to work with the Governor's office on a compromise that could avoid another override of the Governor's state budget vetoes related to Medicaid, the Senate canceled voting session for this week.
However, President Obhoff has indicated a busy fall with unemployment compensation, renewable energy standards and wind turbine setbacks all potentially on the agenda.
Former Senate President Harry Meshel dies at 93
The upper chamber also lost a prominent former member this week. Former Ohio Senate President Harry Meshel, a friend of the OSBA's who served the Mahoning Valley for more than two decades, passed away on Labor Day at the age of 93. A champion of the underdog and an advocate for consumers, he was a part of many important issues over the years, but he is most credited with his work on behalf of his region, particularly his support for Youngstown State University.
Meshel caught the politics bug during the 1960 presidential campaign as an organizer for JFK. He was offered a job in the administration but they withdrew it when they found out he didn't have a law degree. Ironically, as Meshel told it, he had planned to attend law school at then-Youngstown University, but shortly after making that decision, the law school closed. (Bet he would have liked the recent YSU, University of Akron Law School 3+3 agreement allowing students to earn a law degree in six years!)
Instead, he ran for local and then state office, eventually serving as Democratic State Party Chair, making a tremendous mark on Ohio politics. The best place to read more about Harry Meshel's legacy? His hometown paper—the Youngstown Vindicator, of course.
Change the law via OSBA Committees and Sections
Don't forget that a number of OSBA committees and sections are meeting this week. OSBA Director of Policy and Government Affairs Todd Book will be on hand, providing legislative updates and seeking input on the latest legislative proposals before the Ohio General Assembly.
Check out your committee or section meeting agendas by visiting OSBA member communities, and if you have not yet joined a committee or section, get signed up today by contacting the friendly staff at the Membership Services Center: firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 282-6556. Aside from running for office yourself, there is no better place for a lawyer to have an impact on improving Ohio law than an OSBA committee or section.
The Ohio House has the 12th (if needed) and the 13th slated for voting sessions while the Ohio Senate's next scheduled session is Sept. 20. Though the full schedules have not been released, expect lots of activity in both chambers' committees.
Track OSBA priority legislation
As always, you can keep track of the progress on OSBA priority legislation via the Legislative section at www.OhioBar.org.