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Ohio Lawmakers Officially Adjourn But Are Expected to Return to Anti-Abortion, Energy Bills

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger
Cliff Rosenberger gaveled an end to this session of the Legislature, but controversial bills on energy, abortion and taxes are expected to re-emerge next year.

Ohio lawmakers won’t be coming back into the lame duck session to override Gov. John Kasich’s vetoes on controversial legislation.

Though lawmakers headed home weeks ago, House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger officially adjourned his chamber this morning. This lame-duck session of the Legislature is over.

That means lawmakers won’t try to override Kasich’s vetoes of a freeze on renewable-energy standards, the so-called "heartbeat" abortion ban, a tax break for oil and gas, or a bill that gave lawmakers greater say in which state agencies continue to exist.

While those bills are dead for now, Republican leaders say they expect those issues to be considered when the new General Assembly begins its next year. And Republicans will have even stronger veto-proof majorities then.

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.