Senate amendments coming soon


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Only one hearing on the schedule this week as HB 153, the State Budget, heads toward the amendment process in the senate. On Tuesday, from 2:30-5:30 p.m., the committee will hear from all-comers pro and con. If you’d like to testify, let the Chairman’s office know 24 hours in advance and bring 40 copies to the hearing with you.

Thursday at 5pm is the deadline for members to submit amendments to the bill. (as always, budget related events are on our calendar).

The House took about a week and a half before returning with a substitute version of the bill containing around 1,000 amendments. We expect the Senate will take slightly less time, so perhaps we will have a bill by the end of next week. That gives us the week of Memorial Day for hearings on the Sub bill and a last chance for amendments in committee. The bill heads to the Full Senate and a floor vote the first full week of June.

Here’s instructions from Chairman Widener’s office to those wishing to testify in committee:

Persons wishing to testify during public testimony are asked to submit a witness slip to the Chairman’s office as soon as possible. Witnesses are asked to limit prepared remarks to 2-3 minutes and bring 40 hard copies of testimony with them on the day they testify. Direct questions and witness slips to Daniel Hurley in the Chairman’s office, daniel.hurley@senate.state.oh.us.

Individuals and organizations who have already testified or are not able to testify may submit testimony or supplemental information to the committee for the record in written form only.

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