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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Building A New Foundation For Buckeye Lake


To the casual observer, the 177-year-old lake is a picture of beauty and serenity—the water level seems curiously low, but you may not immediately notice the signs that could shatter the idyllic scene at any time. This month, I visited various sites around the lake with Jim Zehringer, Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). When you know what to look for, signs of serious structural problems are everywhere—trees and cracks deeply rooted in the lake's dam, seepage and persistent wet areas, and other signs of deterioration. 


Wednesday, April 22 In The Ohio Senate


The Senate will consider the following during today’s session (1:30 p.m.):

  • Compensating Elected Officials Fairly
  • Creating Outdoor Refreshment Areas
  • Designating Dana G. "Buck" Rinehart Highway
  • Protecting Ohio's Children


Senate Announces Committee Schedule For Budget Hearings


State Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, along with Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) released today the tentative hearing schedule for the budget process in the Ohio Senate.  The first day of Senate budget hearings will be Tuesday, April 21 as the full Finance panel will receive budget overviews from the Office of Budget and Management and the Legislative Service Commission.


Senator Burke Announces Passage Of Bill To Help Veterans Receive Medical Benefits


"With the sixth largest population of veterans in the country, having over 875,000 across the state, Ohio must continue to be a leader in veterans services," said Burke.