COLUMBUS – House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) today issued the following statement in response to the Ohio House of Representatives overriding the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 22.
“Some perspective is important. It’s not unusual for the executive and legislative branches of government to have differing perspectives on what is in the public interest. It’s democracy at work.
“In this case, strong majorities in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate passed thoughtful, balanced and constitutional legislation to provide appropriate and measured oversight and to ensure Ohioans’ voices are heard.
“Just as our Constitution allows a governor to veto legislation, it also allows the legislature to override that veto. These checks and balances between co-equal branches of government are a key aspect of our representative democracy and help protect the rights of Ohioans.
“The legislation approved today ensures officials are able to respond to emergencies and protect Ohioans in times of crisis. But it also makes clear that authority is not unlimited and ensures the voices of Ohioans are heard on these matters.
“This week, co-equal branches of government – the legislature and the governor – disagreed on Senate Bill 22. Each exercised their respective authority under our Constitution.
“We look forward to continuing our work with Governor DeWine on many matters of importance to Ohioans.”