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.”
“The Senate added a provision in the new transportation budget that simply says if you declare residency in Ohio and plan to drive here, you should get an Ohio driver's license within 30 days. This had unanimous, bipartisan support before Democratic Party operatives tried to turn it into a phony political controversy," said Faber.
Ohio Senate President Keith Faber and Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni announced today a joint agreement to provide live broadcasting of the Senate Finance Committee’s upcoming budget hearings.
The Senate will consider the following during today’s session (1:30p):
State Senator and Senate Education Chair Peggy Lehner today announced the creation of a Senate Advisory Committee on Testing. The committee will be made up of various educational experts from across the state and will make recommendations to the Senate on state required assessments.