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Update #2: From the Governor to the House: 1/21/2023

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Hi advocates!

Right now, we are waiting on Governor DeWine to release his proposed budget. So, what happens next?

Ohio Budget Process Part 1: From the Governor’s Office to the Ohio House of Representatives (February-April)

Note: There are a lot of unique terms used in politics. We will share explanations throughout and in a glossary at the bottom of the email.

1.   The House will appoint members to the House Finance Committee and various subcommittees;

  • A “subcommittee” is a small group of representatives that focus on one topic. For example, there is a subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

2.   By the end of January, the Governor will share his budget recommendations;
3.   The budget will be introduced in the House as a bill;

  • A “bill” is a grouping of suggested changes to a law. The budget is one of the largest bills that Ohio works on. It will decide how money is spent on programs in Ohio.

4.   The House Finance Committee will hear testimony from agency directors;

  • “Testimony” is when a person or organization shares their opinion on a bill through a formal process. Testimony can be written only or read out loud to the legislators. Testimony usually needs to be around three minutes. There are lots of rules for when and how to give testimony.

5.   The House Finance Committee will break up the budget into sections. Each section will be assigned to a subcommittee. For example, the Department of Medicaid budget would be assigned to the Subcommittee on Health and Human Services;
6.   The subcommittees will accept testimony from state agencies first, then public organizations and individuals;
7.   After the subcommittees have heard all testimony, members of the House Finance Committee will send their proposed amendments to the Chair of the Finance Committee.

  • An “amendment” is a change to the legislation. A “proposed amendment” means this change is just a suggestion. The legislators eventually must agree on all the changes.

8.   The Chair of House Finance will review the proposed amendments and present a substitute version of the bill to the committee with several amendments included;

  • The “chair” is the legislator who is in charge of the committee.

9.   There will be additional hearings on the substitute bill;

  • A “hearing” is a meeting where legislators discuss the bill. Hearings are also where individuals or organizations give testimony.
  • The “substitute bill” is the version of the budget that has all the new changes made by the committee.

10.   Members of the committee will have another opportunity to submit amendments to the substitute version of the bill to the Chair of House Finance;
11.   The House Finance Committee will then adopt a final version of the bill with additional amendments known as the omnibus bill;

  • The “omnibus bill” is the final bill to be voted on by the committee. Typically, there is not an opportunity for the public to testify on the omnibus bill.

12.   The House Finance Committee will debate the final bill language;
13.   The committee votes on this omnibus bill;
14.   The bill will then go to the Ohio House of Representatives for a floor vote;

  • A “floor vote” is when all the representatives (or senators) take a vote on a bill.

15.   The Ohio House makes changes, if needed, and votes on the bill;
16.   Next, the bill heads to the senate. The second half of the process will take place from April to June. Expect more updates on that as we move along.

We look forward to continuing our collaboration with all of you as we #BudgetWithCare,


Alexia Kemerling, Community Engagement Coordinator
Jordan Ballinger, Policy Director

Glossary

A glossary is where you can find definitions of words and phrases.

  • Amendment -- a change to the legislation. A “proposed amendment” means this change is just a suggestion. The legislators eventually must agree on all the changes.
  • Bill -- a group proposed changes to a law. The budget is the largest piece of legislation that Ohio works on. It will decide how money is spent on programs in Ohio.
  • Chair (as in “Committee Chair”) -- the legislator who is in charge of the committee. The chair leads the committee meetings.
  • Floor Vote -- when all the representatives or senators take a vote on a bill.
  • Hearing -- a meeting where legislators discuss a bill. Hearings are also where individuals or organizations give testimony.
  • Legislators -- politicians who are elected at the state level. This includes both representatives and senators.
  • Ohio House of Representatives -- One of two parts of the General Assembly. Ohio has 99 representatives. Their job is to listen to the concerns of people who live in their area. They are then supposed to respond to those concerns by passing bills.
  • Omnibus bill -- the final bill to be voted on by the committee. Typically, there is not an opportunity for the public to testify on the omnibus bill
  • Subcommittee -- a small group of representatives that focus on one topic. For example, there is a subcommittee on Health and Human Services.
  • Substitute bill -- the version of the budget that has all the new changes made by the House Finance Committee.
  • Testimony -- when a person or organization shares their opinion on a law through a formal process. Testimony can be written only or read out loud to the legislators. Testimony usually needs to be around three minutes. There are lots of rules for when and how to give testimony.

 

 

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Every two years the Governor sends a budget proposal to the General Assembly. Legislators then work for months to decide how money will be spent to operate the state, including home and community-based services and supports.

This is the biggest and most important piece of legislation passed each General Assembly. The process goes from the end of January until the end of June.

Disability Rights Ohio is dedicated to being a reliable resource for:

1. Sharing regular updates on budget items that impact the disability community, particularly issues like:

  • Addressing the direct care workforce crisis
  • Improving the mental health system
  • Eliminating sub-minimum wage

2. Keeping you informed on how and when to take get involved through actions like:

  • Submitting testimony
  • Calling or emailing a legislator
  • Posting on social media
  • Attending an advocacy event
  • Writing a letter to your newspaper, engaging with media
  • There will be lots of opportunities to have your voice heard. To stay engaged, keep an eye out for emails from this listserv and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

We look forward to collaborating with all of you as we #BudgetWithCare.


Alexia Kemerling, Community Engagement Coordinator
Jordan Ballinger, Policy Director

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