Members of the Ohio House and Senate have said their farewells and all but formally adjourned sine die. They are awaiting a chance to override vetoes issued by Governor John Kasich this week.
One bill the governor vetoed would expand gun rights. The legislature sent another bill to the governor last week that included a pay raise for legislators and other officials as well as language to create the “Innovate Ohio” office requested by Governor-elect DeWine. The governor has suggested he will veto that bill also.
In anticipation of Kasich’s vetoes, the House and Senate have scheduled unusual session dates for the week after Christmas. December 27 and 28, for the purpose of overriding the Kasich vetoes.
Meanwhile a frosty leadership election in the House continues to languish as the House Dean, Rep. Jim Butler (R-Dayton) refuses to honor House traditions and call a caucus meeting of newly elected House members to elect a Speaker. Happy Holidays from the Statehouse! 12/20/2018