House Speaker fight
Sixty-one percent of lawmakers feel the House Speaker election will have a negative impact on the legislative process. Thirty-five percent feel the election will have a positive impact, and 4% feel it will have no impact.
Among the assembly’s Democratic members, 75% feel the speaker election will impact the legislative process positively. Seventeen percent anticipate a negative impact, and 8% feel there will be no significant impact.
Results to this question were essentially the opposite among Republican members, with 76% anticipating a negative impact, 22% predicting a positive impact, and 3% feel there will be no impact.
Members were asked their opinion on Gov. Mike DeWine’s recent call for legal immigration to Ohio.
“If you are a legal immigrant who has recently come to this country looking to build a better life, to earn a living, to create a home for your family, and to contribute to your community, I invite you to come to Ohio, because you will be welcome here,” DeWine said in his second inaugural address on Jan. 9.
One-hundred percent of Democratic legislators supported DeWine’s stance, compared to 92% of Republicans.
Lawmakers were also polled on the governor’s recent executive order to prohibit state employees from using TikTok — and certain other foreign-owned applications, platforms, and websites — on government-issued devices. The ban was one of several executive orders signed by DeWine minutes after being sworn in on Jan. 8.
According to the order, the ban has been issued to “protect Ohio private companies, government entities, and citizens from cybersecurity vulnerabilities and threats”
“These social media applications and platforms are known to directly or indirectly act as an intelligence gathering mechanism for the (Chinese Communist Party) by sharing sensitive personal and business information and data obtained from its users and their devices with the CCP,” the order states.
Poll results show 76% of all 135th Ohio General Assembly members agree with the executive order. By party, 75% of Democratic members support the order. Republican members feel similarly, with 76% in support of the ban.