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By Speaker William G. Batchelder (R-Medina)
April 23, 2013

After a very time-consuming and deliberative process, the Ohio House of Representatives passed its version of the state operating budget. But our work continues. Not only must we have further conversations on certain topics as the Senate works on its version of the budget, but we will also likely need to work out the differences between the two bodies before Governor Kasich ultimately agrees to sign it at the end of June.

 
 
Am. Sub. H.B. 59 increases funding for schools, cuts income taxes, and begins to transform health care in Ohio
April 18, 2013
Ohio House Passes Biennial Budget with Bipartisan Support

The Ohio House of Representatives today passed a bipartisan, comprehensive state operating budget that provides crucial assistance to schools and community programs, while at the same time reducing the burden on Ohio’s taxpayers.

 
 
Paperless hearings saved nearly half a million pages; live streaming improved transparency
April 18, 2013
Speaker Batchelder Applauds Finance and Appropriations Committee Efficiencies, Live Streaming

With the state operating budget slated for a vote in the House, Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) today commended the efforts of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee to craft a responsible budget while at the same time instituting many substantial improvements to the committee process.

 
 

The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 83, which modernizes Ohio’s psychology and school psychology licensing law.

 
 
Rep. Dovilla Applauds Passage of Keystone Pipeline Resolution

State Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) today applauded the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 7 by the Ohio House of Representatives. The resolution urges the United States Department of State to approve the permit application necessary to allow construction and operation of the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline that runs between the U.S. and Canada.

 
 
"Shared Work" Program Passes Ohio House

The Ohio House of Representatives unanimously passed Sub. House Bill 37,, legislation sponsored by State Representatives Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) and Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) to help prevent layoffs across the state. The bill is now headed to the Ohio Senate where a companion bill has already passed, indicating a likelihood of bill passage in the near future.

 
 

At a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse today, State Rep. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced legislation that will increase transparency for taxpayers as local and state issues are placed on the ballot.

 
 
By Rep. Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard)
April 8, 2013
Safety In Our Schools

I recently introduced House Bill 8 in the Ohio House of Representatives in order to start the conversation on school safety at the state level and ensure that schools like those in my district have the ability to keep students as safe as possible. What’s important to note is that there is not one clear-cut solution on this issue that we can apply across the board. Not only do our schools differ, but the communities, law enforcement, and available resources they have vary widely across the state.

 
 
By Rep. Marlene Anielski (R-Independence)
April 2, 2013

House Bill 5 is currently being considered in the Ohio House of Representatives that would simplify the state’s tax system and lower compliance costs on local businesses.

 
 
Speaker Batchelder Speaks at Ohio Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Closing Ceremony

Ohio House Speaker William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) today spoke at the Ohio Vietnam Veterans Commemoration closing ceremony located at the Ohio Statehouse. Various speakers, along with Batchelder, helped to conclude a week of events that recognize March 30th as Vietnam Veterans Day in Ohio.