130th General Assembly Wraps Up With a Flurry of Activity
The General Assembly returned to Columbus for its post-election session, affectionately referred to as "lame duck." High on the priority list for both the House and Senate were bills addressing many topics, including health care, education, tax issues, lethal injection, and utility regulation. In a somewhat unexpected move, there was an eleventh-hour compromise on redistricting and how the state draws the legislative districts. However, Governor John Kasich's agriculture and environmental mid-biennium review legislation (HB 490), which contained provisions intended to mitigate algae problems, did not pass the Senate. It is expected that many of the agriculture and environmental issues will be revisited next year.