COLUMBUS – Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp announced today the Ohio House of Representatives passed legislation that would establish legislative oversight over executive orders issued during a state of emergency.
The measure, Senate Bill 22, passed the House by a vote of 57-37.
“As a co-equal branch of government, we believe the legislature has an important oversight role, one that’s especially critical with respect to executive branch orders that can have a far-reaching impact,” said Cupp (R-Lima). “This legislation is the result of extensive deliberations. It’s balanced and thoughtful, allowing governors to carry out their responsibilities in times of crisis while also providing proper oversight so that the voices of all Ohioans are heard.”
Provisions in the bill give the legislature the ability to oversee orders issued by any department under the administration in response to public health emergencies. Orders may be extended or rescinded by the General Assembly.
The bill also ensures that local communities may determine the course of local health orders. As a result, the bill provides parameters for local boards of health in which they must operate when issuing county and district wide orders.
The Ohio Senate concurred with House amendments to the bill. It now heads to the Governor.