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Republicans and Democrats set legislative priorities for General Assembly’s second half

Republicans and Democrats set legislative priorities for General Assembly’s second half


STATE LEGISLATORS ARE HEADED BACK TO COLUMBUS THIS WEEK AS WORK AT THE CAPITOL IS STARTING TO PICK BACK UP AFTER THE HOLIDAY BREAK. COLLEEN: OUR OHIO STATEHOUSE NEWSROOM REPORTER JASON AUBRY TALKED TO BOTH PARTIES ABOUT WHAT THEY WANT TO ACCOMPLISH OVER THE NEXT YEAR. JASON AUBRY, “THE FIRST HALF O F THIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY WAS DOMINATED BY THE BI-ENNIUM BUDGET, AND WITH THAT OUT OF THE WAY LAWMAKERS CAN FOCUS ON OTHER AREAS.” THE FIRST HALF OF THIS GENERAL ASSEMBLY SAW 41 PIECES OF LEGISLATION SIGNED INTO LAW. BUT WITH 12 MONTHS TO GO IN THIS SESSION AND NEARLY 900 BILLS STILL BEING WORKED ON, NOT ALL OF THEM WILL GO THE DISTANCE AND WITH THE GOP IN CONTROL OF THE STATEHOUSE, THEY SET THE AGENDA. “WE ALL MAKE NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS, WELL WE MAKE NEW PRIORITIES.” THE DETAILS OF WHICH BILLS WILL BE FOCUSED ON DURING THE SECOND HALF OF SESSION ARE STILL BEING WORKED OUT, BUT THE PRIORITY WILL DEAL WITH ENERGY. SEN. TROY BALDERSON, “SENATOR BEAGLE AND I HAVE BEEN TASKED IN THE LAST 90 DAYS, THREE MONTHS, TO START GETTING TOGETHER A PLAN FOR ENERGY AND HOW WE’RE GOING TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE.” OVER IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE DEMOCRATS LAID OUT THEIR PRIORITIES WHICH INCLUDE EDUCATION FUNDING, CHARTER SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY, AND ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE. FRED STRAHORN, “IN GENERAL WE WANT TO FOCUS ON THE FINANCIAL HEALTH OF WORKING OHIOANS.” SINCE THE BEGINNING OF SESSION 12 MONTHS AGO, JUST A SINGLE BILL WITH DEMOCRATS AS SOLE PRIMARY SPONSORS HAS BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW. ONE OTHER BILL WITH BI- PARTISAN PRIMARY SPONSORSHIP HAS JOINED IT THE OTHER 39 BILLS SIGNED INTO LAW HAVE BEEN SPONSORED SOLELY BY REPUBLICANS. “IT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH IF REALLY GOOD IDEAS ARE LANGUISHING BECAUSE OF THE LABEL THAT SOMEBODY HAS OR DOESN’T HAVE IN THE LEGISLATURE.” JASON AUBRY, THE SENATE’S ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCE COMMITTEE RESUMES HEARINGS ON WEDNESDAY. AT THE STATEHOUSE JASON AUBRY NBC4 MIKE:

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