09/21/2011 – Wednesday, the Ohio Senate passed H.B. 319 New Congressional Districts with a 24-7 vote. Shortly, thereafter, the Ohio House voted to concur on the consideration of Senate Amendments with a 60-35 vote. During the Senate deliberations, members added an appropriation of $2.75 million to H.B. 319, which is to help local county Boards of Election prepare for new congressional districts. The Text of HB319 .
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Proposed New Ohio Congressional Maps Released Today. 2011 Proposed Ohio Congressional MAP
The proposed new maps were released during the House State Government & Elections Committee. Notable changes include combining the Districts of U.S. Representatives Steve Austria a Republican from Beavercreek and Mike Turner a Republican from Centerville as well as district of U.S. Representatives Marcy Kaptur a Democrat from Toledo and Dennis Kucinich a Democrat from Cleveland. Ohio is lossing two congressional seats because of population shifts.
HB319 CONGRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING Introduced in the Ohio House and referred to House State Government & Elections Committee
HB 319 CONGRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING Introduced in the Ohio House and referred to House State Government & Elections Committee - To establish Congressional district boundaries for the state based on the 2010 decennial census of Ohio. En. 3521.01 and to repeal section 3521.01 http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText129/129_HB_319_I_Y.pdf
The Ohio House Republicans announced today the selection of Louis Terhar, a retired naval officer for the vacant seat in the 30th House District. Terhar is expected to be sworn in by the House on Wednesday. Terhar is a managing direct of Strategic Planning Advisors LLC, and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Harvard University and Syracuse University.
Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro Introduces Enterprise University Plan
Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro today charted a new course for higher education in the state, presenting a plan allowing Ohio’s 14 public universities to be free from mandates which stifle efficiency and innovation. “Ohio’s universities are a driver of economic development in the state. By allowing our universities to be free from mandates and operate as an enterprise of the state, Ohioans gain increased efficiency, effectiveness, and competitiveness that will help drive our 21st Century economy,” said Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro.
This summer the Ohio General Assembly and governor passed a State operating budget which takes bold steps toward improving Ohio’s already great universities. Historic construction reform, commercialization expansion, and the ability for universities to enter into lease-back agreements were accomplished to help universities realize cost savings. The Enterprise University Plan, in concert with the tuition cap and the three-year degree program, is aimed at giving universities freedom to innovate while helping keep university costs manageable for Ohio families.
Transforming Ohio’s economy requires a new approach to economic development, a new way of working with businesses to assist in their growth, and a new way of attracting businesses to the state. To date, the functions of economic development have been shepherded by the Ohio Department of Development (Development), however with the passage of the JobsOhio Bill (H.B. 1), Governor Kasich was authorized to form a nonprofit corporation, which is responsible for the promotion of economic development, job creation, job retention, and the recruitment of businesses to Ohio. As a result, Development executed a review of its operations to determine which functions should remain within the state agency structure and which functions should transfer to JobsOhio. …
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced the sale of only one of the five prisons that were put up for sale, privatizing the management of two others, and combining two others — one currently privately operated — under state management. The sale price is $72.7 million while the savings expected total $13 million/year including the addition of 702 beds to the system.
House Speaker Bill Batchelder Names Representative Huffman Chair of State Government/Elections Committee
Speaker of the House William Batchelder (R-Medina) announced the appointment of Rep. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) as chair of the House State Government and Elections Committee. In addition, Huffman announced a series of three hearings on redistricting in September
KASICH APPOINTS BARKER TO CUYAHOGA COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COLUMBUS – Today Gov. John R. Kasich appointed Pamela A. Barker of Brecksville (Cuyahoga Co.) to serve as Judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. Barker will assume office on September 19, 2011 and must run in November 2012 in order to serve out the remainder of the unexpired term ending January 2, 2015
New Mandel Website: ‘Follow Your Tax Dollars … Hold Your Officials Accountable’
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has unveiled a new website, www.ohiotreasurer.gov, providing quick access to government worker salaries, the Plain Dealer reports.