More than 80 members participated in this week’s OMA Government Affairs Committee meeting, held virtually. Chaired by Scott Corbitt, region vice president for Anheuser-Busch, the meeting included a visit from Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, who discussed legislation (House Bill 294) to further reform Ohio’s election laws. LaRose told members that the bill is not a response to Ohio’s 2020 elections — which he called the most successful in state history — but would make several changes to address long-held, bipartisan concerns of local election officials.
Members were also briefed on the upcoming special elections in Ohio’s 11th and 15th congressional districts by political consultant and former Ohio GOP Chair Kevin DeWine. OMA staff updated members on major Statehouse activities, including the association’s lobbying work on behalf of manufacturing interests in the proposed state budget.
The committee is scheduled to meet again Aug. 25. (We’re planning an in-person option for that event.) 6/15/2021