Busy, Busy Busy: The Week Ahead


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Lots of budget action is about to unfold this week. In fact, this may be the craziest week in budget-watching yet.

The House is set to put its final marks on the 2012-2013 state budget. Here’s what they have in store:

  • Hearings Monday and Tuesday
  • Amendments are due to the Chairman of the Finance Committee by noon Monday
  • Tuesday, expect to see a committee vote on additional amendments, and on the bill itself
  • The House as a whole will take up the measure (with one last chance for speeches and amendments) on Thursday

Meanwhile, the Senate isn’t waiting around. They are slated to start a flurry of hearings, and we mean F-L-U-R-R-Y!

  • It all kicks off with an afternoon hearing on Tuesday, featuring testimony from the Governor’s Budget Director and the Legislative Services Commission about the bill overall, and likely about somewhat rosier revenue projections than when the budget was initially introduced in March
  • Two hearings a day will commence for the rest of the week beginning Wednesday morning.
  • Wednesday features testimony from a slew of boards and commissions, while cabinet agencies and other offices of high prominence start up on Thursday.
  • The really fun stuff (in my opinion) will be: Ohio Consumers Counsel on Thursday,
  • We’ll also be watching for the hearing with the Legislative Services Commission to see if it gets any questions about Speaker Batchelder’s unilateral transfer of the controversial former director of the Workers Compensation Council to its staff.
  • Friday morning is the one we’re especially eager to attend, with testimony from the Casino Commission, Liquor Commission and Department of Commerce (the latter two are key players in a privatization scheme to fund the embattled JobsOhio nonprofit corporation). The Director of the Department of Development, which JobsOhio seeks to replace, will also testify at the hearing.

As always, a complete calendar is available on the right-hand side of our site, or as a printable list on this page.

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