Today Governor John R. Kasich and Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) issued the following statement regarding S.B. 310 (Balderson), legislation that initiates a process to update Ohio’s renewable energy mandates:

"The well-intentioned strategy developed in 2008 to encourage alternative energy generation mandated levels which are now emerging as a challenge to job creation and Ohio's economic recovery. They are simply unrealistic and will drive up energy costs for job creators and consumers.  However, alternative energy sources are an important component of Ohio’s diverse energy portfolio, which is why we've rejected the notion of scrapping Ohio's renewable standards.  Instead, by temporarily holding at our current level while problems are ironed out, we keep the progress we've made, ensure we steadily grow new energy sources and preserve affordable energy prices for both businesses and consumers.”


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October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we salute the breast cancer survivors, researchers, medical professionals, community support groups, friends, and family members who have made sacrifices to support their loved ones in the battle against breast cancer.


Balderson Resolution Urges Congress To Lift Ban On Crude Oil Exports


“By lifting this antiquated export ban, not only will consumers across the nation save at the pump, but we have the opportunity to create good paying jobs right here in Ohio,” said Balderson. “We’re urging Congress to support this important legislation to ensure America’s global presence as an energy leader.”


Ohio Senate Passes Bipartisan Reform Bill Enhancing Accountability In Charter Schools


"This is a meaningful and bipartisan set of reforms that ensures high standards of accountability while maintaining a parent's choice in the education of their children," said Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina). "The transparency this bill demands will result in the strengthening of community schools across Ohio and ensures parents have access to sufficient information to make the best decision for their children's education."


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Senate will welcome the following special presentations during today's session (1:30 p.m.): 
  • Address from Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset
  • National United Wrestling for Youth Champion
  • 2015 Best Newspaper in Ohio
The Senate will consider the following during today’s session: 
  • Urging Congress to Lift Prohibition on Oil Exports
  • Expediting Partner Treatment
  • Ensuring Procedural Safeguards for Death Penalty Cases 
  • Supporting School Choice and Accountability Standards