State Budget Nears Finish Line


On Wednesday, the Senate voted out the state operating budget, House Bill 49, after adding hundreds of amendments. A joint House and Senate conference committee will reconcile differences between the budgets created by the two chambers to create a final bill. House participants on the conference committee are Reps. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell), Scott Ryan (R-Newark), and Jack Cera (D-Bellaire). Senate members include Scott Oelslager (R-Canton), Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville), and Mike Skindell (D-Lakewood). The conference committee will meet multiple times before completing its work by Tuesday, June 27. The full House and Senate must accept the conference committee report and send the bill to the governor who must approve the bill by midnight June 30. The governor may exercise line-item veto authority. 6/22/2017