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Monday, August 1, 2011

Veto of Great Lakes bill may face override vote

Here's a Toledo Blade update on HB 231, the bill vetoed by Ohio Governor Kasich that :
House Speaker Bill Batchelder (R., Medina) said Thursday that an override of Gov. John Kasich’s veto of a business-backed bill dealing with water withdrawals from Lake Erie remains a possibility...Mr. Batchelder said he plans to write a letter to Mr. Kasich asking for direction in another attempt to write between the lines of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact signed by eight states and Congress and agreed to by two Canadian provinces. In the meantime, the threat of a possible veto override vote remains. “Nothing’s on the table or off the table as far as I’m concerned,” Mr. Batchelder said. “My concern is that we want to make sure that we’re going to move forward to protect the lake, and at this point I’m not sure what that means.”
Moving forward to protect the lake? Is he kidding? Did he actually read HB 231?  This is the bill that failed to pass the smell test for two former Republican governors, and faced the threat of a possible lawsuit from at least two other Great Lakes states.

What are these guys smoking in Columbus?

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