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.”
Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R–Celina) today announced the committee structure, chairmanships, and assignments for the 131st General Assembly. The Senate President laid the framework for 16 standing committees and five subcommittees of the Finance Committee.
Senator Eklund today addressed the annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day conference at the Ohio Statehouse.
Republicans and Democrats in the Ohio Senate and House reached an historic compromise agreement early this morning to reform the process by which Ohio draws state legislative districts. Tonight’s success comes after years of discussion and months of negotiation.