Senate Democrats Applaud Governor's Vetoes Of Misguided Legislation
Caucus had called on Governor Kasich to veto SB 329 and HB 554
December 27, 2016
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Columbus—Today, members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus applauded Governor Kasich’s decisions to veto House Bill 554 and Senate Bill 329—legislation that would have threatened Ohio jobs and put basic public services at risk.  All Senate Democrats voted against the bills and signed a letter to the Governor urging him to use his veto authority.

SB 329 would have given the General Assembly unprecedented power by establishing a new sunset review process that could eliminate state agencies without legislators having to cast any votes.

“I’m pleased Governor Kasich agreed that Senate Bill 329 was dangerous legislation that threatened to undermine our government’s system of checks and balances,” said Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman).  “The law would have put crucial government services at risk and created a constant state of uncertainty for our business community.”

House Bill 554 would have continued a freeze on “green energy” standards for another two years and made them voluntary instead of mandatory for Ohio’s utility companies.

“The Governor made the right call by vetoing legislation that would have taken our state backward,” said Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood).  “Renewable energy is a growing part of our nation’s economy.  Ohio has the manufacturing infrastructure and skilled workers to play a leading role in developing this new technology which creates good paying jobs and is good for the environment.”

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