In the first session day following the election, lawmakers considered dozens of bills. Legislative leaders said that before the two-year legislative session ends in late December, they hope to pass a capital budget bill, deal with House Bill 6 — the controversial energy bailout law, and consider overhauling K-12 school funding.
Also on Wednesday, the Ohio House voted 72-12 for a bill that would make assaulting a sports official before, during or after a contest a misdemeanor on first offense and a felony for second offense. House Bill 208 stemmed from an August 2019 incident when a Dunbar High School football player head-butted referee Scott Bistrek, giving him a concussion.
The House voted 75-11 for House Bill 621, which would weaken the governor’s broad powers to close businesses during public health emergencies. DeWine said he would veto the measure.
A legislative move by House Democrats to repeal House Bill 6, a controversial energy bailout law, failed when mostly Republican lawmakers voted to table the amendment.