COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), along with Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton), Chairman of the Senate's standing committee on Finance, released today the tentative hearing schedule for the budget process in the Ohio Senate.

The Senate has been holding informal hearings over the last several weeks in anticipation of receiving the budget, but began formal hearings last week upon receiving the budget after its passage in the House. Under Ohio law, the legislature must pass a balanced budget and have it signed by the Governor prior to July 1 of this year.

"I look forward to the hearing process and greatly value the collaboration between our Finance committee and our four subcommittees," said Oelslager. "With the short timeframe we have, this approach allows us to have more focused discussions and ensures input from every member of the Senate."

In order to provide full access to any Ohioan interested in the proceedings, the Senate's Finance Committee budget hearings are streamed live online and are broadcast on public access stations by the Ohio Channel. Committee meetings are also open to the public, and a schedule can be found Those interested in testifying should contact the committee chairs.

Senate Budget Hearing Schedule
Week of May 8 - Subcommittee Hearings

  • General Government and Agency Review subcommittee, chaired by SenatorKris Jordan
  • Health and Medicaid subcommittee, chaired by Senator Bob Hackett
  • Higher Education subcommittee, chaired by Senator Randy Gardner
  • Primary and Secondary Education subcommittee, chaired by Senator Cliff Hite

Week of May 15 - Additional Subcommittee Hearings

Week of May 22 - Additional Subcommittee Hearings

Week of May 29 - Full Finance Committee Public Hearings 
(at the discretion of the Chair) 

  • Tuesday, May 30
  • Wednesday, May 31
  • Thursday, June 1 

Week of June 5 - Full Finance Committee Public Hearings 
(at the discretion of the Chair)

  • Tuesday, June 6
  • Wednesday, June 7 
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