Republicans will hold 24 seats in the 33-member Senate and 66 seats in the 99-member House — giving the GOP a super majority in each chamber large enough to allow them to add an emergency clause to any bill without Democratic votes. Bills with emergency clauses are ineligible for referendum votes by Ohioans who want to block a law from taking effect.
The new session begins Jan. 3 with the swearing-in of new members and Kasich will introduce his two-year state budget plan at the end of the month. It’ll be Kasich’s last budget — term limits prohibit him from seeking a third four-year term in 2018.
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