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Ohio House Could Wait Until Next Year To Try To Override Kasich's Vetoes

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger
Jo Ingles
Ohio Public Radio
Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger

Republican leaders in the Ohio House have a session scheduled for tomorrow morning. But there’s no word yet on whether lawmakers will try to override Gov. John Kasich’s line item vetoes in the state budget.

Lawmakers may be considering trying to override several of Kasich's 47 vetoes. The most notable one is the plan to freeze enrollment in Medicaid expansion in 2018. But House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says lawmakers don’t have to make decisions about vetoes right now.

“I don’t think a lot of people realize this, but we have all the way until the close of business at the end of 2018 to override any of the Governor’s vetoes if we feel like we need to,” he said.

Still, Rosenberger says putting one or more vetoes on the floor right now is not out of the question.

“There are some issues members are extremely passionate about,” he said.

If the Ohio Legislature overrides any Kasich veto, it will be the first time they did so since Kasich, a Republican, took office in 2011.

Lawmakers will take up a bill that would make changes to rules for building new schools and a bill to change gun laws.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.