General Assembly Sets Up Water Nutrient Task Force

This week the House and Senate appointed 16 members and set the first meeting date for a new legislative task force on the health of Lake Erie.

The bipartisan task force, “Toward a Cleaner Lake Erie Working Group,” will be co-chaired by Sen. Bob Hackett (R-London) and Rep. Brian Hill (R-Zanesville), who currently chair the House and Senate agriculture committees.

The first meeting is set for 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28 in the Senate Finance Hearing Room. A follow up meeting in northwest Ohio is tentatively scheduled for some time in the fall.

The working group was created by the legislature in the aftermath of the governor’s executive order, issued this summer, which ran into problems with the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission. The General Assembly opposed the executive order when it was issued and has vowed to continue further study of the issue via the task force. 8/23/2018