Cliff Rosenberger

Wes Retherford
STATE OF OHIO

A Republican state lawmaker from southwest Ohio has issued a statement about his arrest on drunk driving and weapons charges over the weekend – and so has the House Speaker. 

Rep. Wes Retherford of Hamilton said in a statement he’ll miss committee hearings and session for the rest of the week, after allegedly passing out drunk in his running car in a McDonald’s drive thru very early Sunday morning.

Speaker Cliff Rosenberger of Clarksville didn’t have much to say other than he’ll let the process play out and he’s thinking of Retherford and his family.

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Karen Kasler / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The Republicans who run the House will soon release their version of Gov. John Kasich’s budget. But before that, they’ll put out a list of their priority agenda items for this two-year session. 

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger of Clarksville says what’s called the Buckeye Pathway will outline the top issues for the Republican caucus better than the previous system has done.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A proposal in Gov. John Kasich's budget that requires teachers to get on-site workplace experience at a company in order to renew their licenses is getting pushback from several groups. There are signs it might not go too far. 

The House Speaker and Senate President, both Republicans, are speaking out against Kasich’s teacher externship proposal.

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DAN KONIK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

There’s another indication a controversial bill nicknamed the “pastor protection act” might be on its way to becoming law.

 

Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says members of his caucus are interested in seeing something happen with the bill.

It would prohibit state or local government from penalizing a pastor for refusing to perform a ceremony between two people of the same gender. The legislation, which Rosenberger says simply affirms the principles already in Ohio law, has had two committee hearings.

LARRY OBHOF
OHIO SENATE

Tax changes are on the minds of Ohio’s legislative leaders.

Senate President Larry Obhoff of Medina County says taxes are one of the priorities in the 132nd General Assembly.

“Even though our overall [tax] rate in Ohio has gone down, the complexity, the needless layers of it, haven't really changed, and I think that’s a problem,” Obhoff said.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says he also wants to tackle taxes.

“Tax shifting is not one of the things I’m interested in,” Rosenberger said.

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