News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

The Holden Arboretum

Akron General

Lehmans


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Ohio


Year in Review: Bills that passed the Ohio legislature
While many controversial bills fizzled out, one big one that passed had some very controversial elements
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


Reporter
Jo Ingles
 
In September, Right-to-Lifers said they were the ones shut out of Democratic hearings on repealing Ohio's anti-abortion laws.
Courtesy of Karen Kasler
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

When you look back at what the Ohio legislature did this year, you’ll discover a lot of controversial bills didn’t actually pass both chambers. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, perhaps the biggest bill passed this year had some of those controversial bills attached to it.

Yeah in review: Bills that passed the Ohio legislature

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:41)


When Governor John Kasich introduced his version of the proposed two-year state budget in January, it included expanding Medicaid in Ohio and raising the sales tax to offset a break in income taxes. Some lawmakers and political pundits immediately couched Kasich’s plan as a tax increase…a point that prompted Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett to fire back. “The budget cuts taxes for every Ohioan by $1.4 billion dollars,” he said.  

Ohio Democratic Party Chair Chris Redfern liked the part about expanding Medicaid but claimed the tax reform shifted the burden to middle and low income Ohioans. Redfern described them this way: “As you are shifting the burden around, you are moving seats around on the Titanic.”

But Republicans took issue with the Governor’s budget for several reasons. Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder pretty much guaranteed the house wouldn’t accept the Governor’s budget because of expansion of Medicaid and opposition to severance taxes. “As is? As was submitted? That would not be possible,” Batchelder said.

In the House
The sentiment was similar in the Senate, where President Keith Faber said it wouldn’t be likely the governor would get everything he wanted. The House stripped out the Medicaid expansion, the severance tax on gas and oil and reduced the sales tax increase and income tax cut. Then it went to Senators. The Senate’s spending plan means tested the homestead tax cut so that those who turn 65 in the future won’t automatically qualify for the property tax relief. Several controversial abortion-related amendments at the last minute and those remained in the budget when the House and Senate approved the final version of the budget in late June.  

Governor Kasich signed the two-year, nearly $62 billion budget, including the abortion provisions, but promised to revisit a couple of items. "Medicaid is not in there. The leaders say they want to do something but let me be clear. This is not over. The severance tax fight is not over. Medicaid expansion fight is not over. We are going to stay on this thing until we get it,” Kasich said. Months later, Kasich used a legislative panel to push through the Medicaid expansion he wanted but that move is being contested in court. 

Abortion amendments and internet cafes
The fight over the abortion amendments isn’t over either. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is suing the state over those provisions. 2013 was the year that Ohio lawmakers decided to ban internet café sweepstakes. In June, the Ohio legislature passed a plan to shut down those storefront places known as sweepstakes parlors after Senate President Keith Faber said Senators had decided to adopt a House-passed plan with some minor changes. Why the change of heart? “I am convinced that these entities are not only illegal but many of them also engage in criminal activities within their facilities so the time to act is now,” Faber said. 

Internet café operators disagreed they were doing anything illegal in their businesses and they vowed to gather signatures to let Ohio voters decide the issue. But this fall, backers of that plan said they didn’t collect enough signatures to put it on the ballot in time to stop the closure of those facilities.

Ohio lawmakers also passed some controversial elections bills, including one that would make it harder for minor parties to get on the ballot. And the impact of that one could prove important in 2014 when Governor Kasich is up for re-election.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on school funding
That's not true. Other school districts HAVE followed this law and done this. Oakhills is one of them and how they were able to provide technology for their s...

Death and beauty at Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art
What a disgusting story to air at lunch time.

Ohio Supreme Court grills attorneys on flooding and million-dollar fixes
Perhaps the State of Ohio should take the lead and implement state wide water shed districts that would collect minimum fees. The funds could then be distribute...

More Ohio schools are adding STEM + arts to come up with STEAM
STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Not Education! Your first sentence and intro to this article is incorrect. Please correct this inaccuracy....

Body found in Brecksville park identified as Hillary Sharma
When will we learn the cause of death? We live here and if there's foul play, we have a right to know.

FitzGerald isn't giving up, but many Stark voters are worried, wary and weary
SB5 stands for "Snow Ball 5" because voters have about a snow ball's chance of remembering what it was.

Columbus groups are trying to pass a Bill of Rights to combat fracking
Its about time we make a stand against the criminal actions of an entire Indsutry.

Crystal Ball says Ohio governor's race is done
How much is the Kasich campaign paying you to keep repeating the phrase "woman who is not his wife"? Fitzgerald was in the car with a friend who happens to be f...

Plane that crashed killing Case students is a popular training aircraft
The following is incorrect. The last few words should read "UNDER maximum gross take-off weight." “They have a normal take-off speed and all those take-off...

Exploradio: The never-ending war against superbugs
Super Federico ,we are so proud of you ,and very lucky to be among your friends . Keep it up human kind needs people like you to survive .Thanks for being so d...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University