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A Kasich Veto This Year Might Not Sit Well With More Powerful Legislature Next Year

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Andy Chow
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Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) explains the different paths the state could take with its policies on green energy inside a Senate hearing room at the Ohio Statehouse.

The House and Senate are working on bills that could essentially continue a freeze on the state’s renewable energy requirements, something Gov. John Kasich says he’s against. But there are lawmakers who say soon, the threat of the governor's veto will not be as powerful as it used to be. 

Opponents fear a Senate bill that delays the state's green energy requirements for utilities until 2020 is essentially another freeze. Gov. John Kasich has said he’s against an indefinite freeze and has threatened to veto anything that he feels guts the requirements. 

But the bill's sponsor, Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), says the House and Senate will have more power next year. “Both chambers will have veto-proof majorities so you know then we might take a tactic less to the governor’s liking next year if he vetoes it this year,” said Seitz.

The Republican-controlled Legislature picked up an extra seat in both the House and Senate on Election Day.

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