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Gov. John Kasich vetoes bill that may have given business more influence over regulations: Capitol Letter

August 6, 2018

Gov. John Kasich vetoes bill that may have given business more influence over regulations: Capitol Letter

Rotunda Rumblings

Kasich fights back: Gov. John Kasich used his veto pen to shut down an attempt by the Ohio General Assembly to exercise more power over agency rules. Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof believes there are enough votes in his chamber to override the veto, cleveland.com’s Laura Hancock writes.  

Hold your fire: Kasich did allow legislation to become law without his signature that allows military service members and veterans to get or renew Ohio concealed handgun permits without a fee or training. As cleveland.com’s Jeremy Pelzer explains, Kasich supports Senate Bill 81 but withheld his signature to protest lawmakers’ reluctance to pass his package of gun-policy reforms.

So what did Kasich sign? Nine bills, including: 

- House Bill 87, which protects Ohio’s largest online charter school from the consequences of accepting thousands of former Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow students

- House Bill 318, which provides $14 million in state funding to schools for safety programs and training

- House Bill 336, which reduces or waives reinstatement fees for drivers whose licenses have been suspended for more than 18 months

- Senate Bill 216, which makes dozens of changes to Ohio’s education system, including dramatically changing how teachers are evaluated, allowing third-graders to take tests on paper, and softening the law on excessive absences. It also creates a Joint Education Oversight Committee to study online charter schools.

- Senate Bill 220, which acknowledges for the first time in Ohio law blockchain transactions (an online, distributed ledger technology). It also gives legal cover to companies that suffer a data breach if they have reasonable cybersecurity controls in place.

Sellin’ of Troy: President Donald Trump was in Delaware County on Saturday to give a last-minute boost to Republican Troy Balderson three days before the 12th Congressional District special election. As Pelzer reports, Trump gave his usual freewheeling, stream-of-consciousness speech that included a public show of support for U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who’s running for House speaker amid allegations he knew about sexual abuse while an Ohio State assistant wrestling coach.

Not my idea: By bringing Trump in, Balderson risks alienating moderate Republicans. And according to Kasich, Balderson admitted he wasn’t even involved with the decision to bring in the president. “I asked him the other day, ‘Why are you bringing Trump in?’” Kasich said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”  “He said, ‘Well, I don’t have anything to do with it.’”

Wooing Kasich: The National Journal’s Ally Mutnick provides a fascinating view of the behind-the-scenes effort it took to get Kasich to support Balderson. The governor was initially turned off by Balderson because of some of his positions in the primary. 

Who goes to Trump rallies, anyway? Pelzer offers an introduction to the variety of attendees at Saturday’s rally – including the vendor who sold 300 “Make American Great Again” hats he found on Craigslist.

Half-baked: Ohio regulators announced Friday that only 13 of the 104 companies applying to make medical marijuana lotions, oils, patches, brownies and other products met the minimum qualifications under state regulations. The Ohio Department of Commerce can award up to 40 processor licenses, reports cleveland.com’s Jackie Borchardt. Seven provisional licenses were awarded Friday, six are awaiting background or tax check results, and the rest will receive notices asking them to resubmit revised applications.

Showing the money: The latest round of campaign finance reports shows Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray raised more money than GOP opponent Mike DeWine, but DeWine has more money on hand, report Andrew Tobias and Borchardt for cleveland.com. Some down-ticket Democrats raised more money than their GOP opponents. 

On airwaves: If you watched TV over the weekend, you may have caught Cordray’s first ad. With McDonald’s in the background to illustrate his first job, Cordray touts how he’s helped the public during his previous state and federal posts, Tobias writes. 

Women in politics: Cleveland.com’s Ohio Matters podcast looks at the prospects of women candidates in Ohio elections this year, with excerpts of past interviews from Ohio Secretary of State candidate and state Rep. Kathleen Clyde, Lt. Gov Mary Taylor, Ohio Republican Party Chairman Jane Timken and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

LeBron’s school is public: The I Promise School is part of the Akron school district, and belongs to the taxpayers. The Plain Dealer’s Patrick O’Donnell estimates up to 75 percent of the school’s expenses will be footed by the district. Coal opposing wind farm: The Plain Dealer’s James McCarty reports that Murray Energy Corp. has been bankrolling consultants to oppose the Icebreaker Wind project planned for Lake Erie. The revelation comes from documents and sworn statements that the wind industry provided to the Ohio Power Siting Board last week.

Poor air quality: The U.S. Environmental Agency gave the Columbus metro area until Aug. 3, 2021 to meet federal ozone standards, writes Beth Burger of the Columbus Dispatch. The area is listed as a “marginal nonattainment area,” a designation also given to the Cleveland and Cincinnati metro areas. 

Remember the judges: The state’s largest business group wants to remind voters to remember to vote in Ohio’s two state Supreme Court elections in November. Ohioans for a Healthy Economy, a nonprofit affiliated with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, launched an online ad campaign including two 15-second videos urging voters to make it all the way through the ballot.

Five Questions 

Rep. Laura Lanese is a Grove City Republican whose district includes part of Columbus and its southern and western suburbs. She is married and has three children. She has written books, worked as an attorney and served in the Ohio Air National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve.

1. You are wrapping up your first term as a representative. Was there anything about being a lawmaker that was unexpected?

“I think the diversity of occupations that people come with, and the diversity of personalities and the fact that ... some people are coming from districts that are completely different than mine and have different perspectives. Just how we’re able to for the most part work together.”

2. Recently Gov. John Kasich signed your bill allowing restaurant and bar owners the option of permitting dogs on patios. You’ve also sponsored in the General Assembly: a bill making the shelter dog the state dog, a measure that would prohibit dog, cat and euthanized animal remains in pet food and a bill requiring social workers and veterinarians to report animals abuse. How did you become the animal welfare legislator?

“It started when I was on (Grove City) Council and trying to deal with the puppy mill situation... So with that work I became involved with animal advocates across the state... With the patio bill, to me that is more of a business regulation bill than an animal bill.”

3. What was the thinking behind the bill requiring social and family service workers and veterinarians to report animal abuse?

“There’s a strong link between animal abuse and other forms of domestic violence.”

4. You said you would like to work toward improving civility if re-elected. How would you do this?

“For one thing, I will be” more civil. “I will try to encourage others to be. And trying to be open and developing those relationships both within our caucus and across the aisle with our Democrat partners.”

5. You’ve written three books. How did you become an author?

“The first one fell into my lap. It was an Ohio State football book and my husband played for Ohio State. He was first interviewed for the book... and then he wrote a chapter. He turned it into the guy who said, ‘Wow. This is awesome. Will you co-author this book with me?’ And my husband had just started a tech company and said, ‘No I don’t have enough time, but my wife does.’ Because he knew I wanted to get into writing.”

Birthdays

Tyler Shankel, economic policy analyst, the Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center

Straight From The Source

“Rather than criticizing @KingJames, we should be celebrating him for his charity work and efforts to help kids. By the way, all-around he’s better than Michael Jordan. That’s a fact.”

-Gov. John Kasich, weighing in Saturday on President Trump’s beef with LeBron James.

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