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Legislative Battle Between DeWine, Legislature is Set with Pending Veto

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine
Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says the bill the legislature has sent him that would pull back his authority for states of emergency is unconstitutional. But Republicans in both the House and Senate say they have enough votes to override a potential veto from DeWine.

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says he will veto a bill that would limit the scopeof any state of emergency coming out of the governor's office. This sets up a battle between DeWine and a possible override by the legislature. DeWine says the bill that would allow Ohio lawmakers to rescind states of emergency or health orders is unconstitutional and violates separation of powers. 

DeWine adds that limiting the authority hampers a statewide response to a health crisis.  

"I will have to veto the bill. There's no governor that I can think of in Ohio who would not veto this bill," DeWine said. "I'm very concerned about the future and health departments around the state not having the tools they need to keep the people in this state, safe." Supporters of the measure say it allows lawmakers to represent their constituents.  

Republican leaders in the House and Senate say they have the votes to override a governor's veto. 

The Legislative Service Commission, which researches and drafts bills for lawmakers, said in its analysis that there are constitutional questions about rescinding a governor’s order by concurrent resolution, and the bill could violate separation of powers if it is attempting to give the General Assembly a legislative veto authority.
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Andy Chow
Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.