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Ohio Lawmakers Prepare For Possible Veto Overrides

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof
Ohio Senate
Medina Republican Larry Obhof

The Ohio House and Senate are bracing themselves for a busier than usual week after Christmas as Gov. John Kasich deliberates his response to several controversial bills.

Those pieces of legislation implement bans on certain abortions, advance pro-gun policies and raise paychecks for elected officials. Most prominent are the controversial six-week abortion ban known as the "Heartbeat Bill," and the "dilation and evacuation" abortion ban. All are items Kasich suggested he would veto if they landed on his desk.

If he does veto any, it'll be up to the legislature to decide whether they want to return to the Ohio Statehouse to hold an override vote. The House and Senate, which both have a Republican supermajority, have set a possible session date for December 27 for that reason.

While lately there has been a focus on their differences, state Sen. Larry Obhof (R-Medina), Ohio Senate president, says there have been plenty of things on which Kasich and the General Assembly have collaborated.

“I do want to emphasize that the House and the Senate and the governor have worked very well together for eight years, that we all have the same goals for the state of Ohio,” Obhof says.

There has seemed to be a rift between the General Assembly and Kasich as he continues to build up his reputation as a counterpoint to President Donald Trump.

For example, on the topic of guns, Obhof says he hasn’t spoken to Kasich in months.

The House and Senate have overridden 12 of Kasich's vetoes in the past two years.

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.