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Veto Override Takes Power Away From Governor's Agencies In Future Battles Over Policy

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Ohio Senator Joe Uecker

Sometimes, when a governor wants something done and the legislature doesn’t want to pass a law to do it, the governor can go through a panel of lawmakers. But in a showdown between the legislature and the governor, it’s going to be more difficult for that to happen in the future. 

The Ohio Legislature passed a bill earlier this year that makes it harder for agencies to establish a rule through policy rather than going through lawmakers. Governor Kasich vetoed it. But Senator Joe Uecker says the House and Senate recently joined together to override that veto.

“It kind of rights a listing ship, shall we say, where over the years the legislature may have unconsciously given up some of its responsibilities in creating public policies.”

This is not the last bill the legislature is likely to override. House and senate leaders say they are considering overrides on other bills too, including controversial gun and abortion legislation.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.