What happens next? [updated w/ likely amendments]


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So you might think the Senate is done with its work on the budget, but you would be wrong. There are actually several key steps left in the process:

  • public testimony this week (see our events calendar – right column)
  • another round of amendments to the bill (due soon, see below)
  • passage (we assume) by the Finance Committee, early next week
  • amendments, debate and a vote on the Senate floor, sometime next week

Amendments to the substitute bill, unveiled yesterday are due to Chairman Widener’s office no later than 12 noon on Friday, June 3. Over the weekend they will decide which to include in an “omnibus” amendment. The committee will meet, likely Tuesday, and vote to incorporate the omnibus and consider additional one-off amendments — usually Democratic, and usually rejected.

This means if you don’t like what was in the sub bill, you can still testify in committee today or tomorrow and still encourage a committee member to incorporate an amendment, either to remove something that’s in the bill or add something that’s not.

UPDATE: from the Dispatch, here are ideas still under consideration for inclusion in the Senate, or in the conference committee (more on that later):

Widener and Niehaus said Senate Republicans are still working on nursing home funding, public
e mployee pension contribution rates, wage regulations, commercial activity taxes applied to casino wagers and the plan to privatize the state’s liquor merchandising business to fund the new JobsOhio economic development entity. There is also a chance a last- minute proposal to allow video lottery terminals at horse racetracks may be included, Senate Republicans said.

We hope this type of primer on the budget process is helpful; I know it’s old hat for many of you. Please email, tweet or reply in the comments if there are other mysteries about the budget you’d like insight into. We’re here to serve!

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