Republican Leaders In House And Senate Set Their Priorities For This Year
Lawmakers will be coming back to Columbus later this month to pick up some bills left unfinished last year. And Senate and House Republican leaders have a lot of bills they want to work on.
Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) said the bill to change rules for unemployment compensation and the capital budget will likely dominate House attention in the first few weeks. After an investigation from the Attorney General just before the holidays, Republicans introduced a bill on fetal remains from abortions that will likely be a top priority. Rosenberger said that’s an example of how the legislative spotlight can shift quickly. “Headlines drive, sometimes, what we do in the legislature so who knows what issues will bring us forward in 2016 and we’ll be prepared to meet them, though,” Rosenberger said. And he added there’s work being done to put together a bill on medical marijuana.
Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) said his Republican caucus will meet in a retreat later this month. He said they’ll talk about proposals on public records dispute resolution, on reviewing state agencies and commissions to see if any of them can be closed down, and on ensuring there are no anti-trust violations going on with commissions and boards that regulate certain industries. “I have four or five items I want to work on. But where else we go is up to the caucus,” Faber said. A bill on medical marijuana could be discussed. And Faber said a decision will have to be made on whether to go with the House or Senate version of the bill to defund Planned Parenthood.