Saturday, December 20, 2008

Strickland to Veto Three GOP Passed Bills

In the waning days of the Republican controlled House, the GOP managed to pass four bills. Unfortunately for Republicans, they no longer have a rubber-stamp in the Ohio Governor's office. Three of those bills are going to be vetoed by Strickland, including SB 380 which was another attempt to "reform" Ohio's elections by suppressing votes.

This will be the first time since 2007, by the way, that Strickland has vetoed legislation. Since he has had to work with a General Assembly controlled by the Republicans since he took office, he obviously isn't veto-happy. These bills, however, were just bad legislation and needed to be struck down.

Two of them would hurt the state financially and the elections "reform" bill would have inconvenienced Ohio's voters by setting up three different dates under which Ohioans could vote early. If the Republicans needed a reminder that things have changed in Columbus, Strickland just provided it.

The irony of all this is that the Republicans drew the district lines of the General Assembly and, for that matter, of Ohio's Congressional Districts. If they are losing seats under lines that they drew, what will happen to them if Democrats retain control of the offices that make up Ohio's Reapportionment Board?

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