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June 10, 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ...
June 10, 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Ohio's new $60B+ operating budget is now in the hands of three State Representatives and three State Senators. These lawmakers comprise a joint House-Senate conference committee that is charged with proposing a compromise to iron out hundreds of differences between the Ohio House and Ohio Senate on how to spend those dollars. They also will recommend how to reconcile differences regarding thousands of proposed law changes.
After the conference committee recommends its compromise, the full House and Senate will vote whether to accept it. They must vote in time for the Governor to review and accept or reject the budget by midnight, June 30th.
So far, the budget has some distinctive green hues, including:
$52M for the Clean Ohio Fund
More than half a million dollars for the Healthy Lake Erie Fund
Half a million dollars for green chemistry job development.
But will this funding stick in the final budget plan lawmakers send to the Governor? Will lawmakers continue to resist the "Dump and Glow Amendment" to allow radioactive-laced oil + gas drilling waste to be disposed of in Ohio landfills? Will lawmakers accept the OEC's proposals to require ODOT to survey local transit agency needs and to equip Ohio EPA first responder vehicles with sirens and lights?
Find out the latest news on the "greener side" of the budget bill!
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Jack Shaner, Deputy Director, Senior Director of Legislative & Public Affairs
Kristy Meyer, Managing Director of Agricultural & Clean Water Programs
Kristen Kubitza, Director of Water Policy + Outreach
Melanie Houston, Director of Water Policy + Environmental Health