The Senate Committee Schedule for next week has been posted and it looks like nearly all of Kasich’s appointees are scheduled to be confirmed.

On Tuesday they have the directors of DAS, OBM, Workers’ Comp, Mary Taylor for Insurance and the entire Casino Control Commission.

Wednesday they have Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, Department of Developmental Disabilities and Department of Mental Health and the two new members of the Ethics Commission.

Want to take a wild guess who isn’t up for confirmation next week?

Kasich’s appointed Director of the Ohio Department of Development MarK Kvamme.

No surprise there.

As we reported a few weeks back, Kvamme is most likely ineligible to serve since he isn’t qualified to vote in Ohio (he lives in California).

The “Kvamme Problem” has interrupted normal operations at the Department of Development. Third Frontier meetings have been cancelled, controlling boards requests have been altered to remove Kvamme’s name. And any document signed by Kvamme during his time at the DOD is now in question.

You’d think the Senate would be itching to get this situation resolved as soon as possible since it is seriously impacting the ability of the Department of Development to do its job, possibly impacting business development and job creation: the goal on which John Kasich promised to focus like a laser.

Nope. They are just sitting on it. Not addressing the issue at all.

So much for moving at the speed of business.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry if off-topic:

    Is the Department of Development the one that would allow oil drilling in Ohio’s state parks? Dispatch reported today that Kasich/ilk are now looking into this.

    Hilarious quote from Rep. John Adams, the bill’s sponsor, on this drilling (called fracking) which “generates millions of gallons of wastewater laced with toxic metals and industrial chemicals”:

    “We don’t have the resources to keep our parks and our lakes up to the standards that the citizens of Ohio want,” Adams said. “I think this is the best way to go.”

    So our parks and lakes aren’t as nice as we’d like, so let’s poison them, turn them into wastelands.

    I don’t like my oatmeal this morning, so I guess I’ll take a shit in it.

  • How is the Department of Development even allowed to be formed given Article 8 Section 4: “…nor shall the state ever hereafter become a joint owner, or stockholder, in any company or association in this state, or elsewhere, formed for any purpose whatever.”

  • What about the EPA director, Scott Nally? I recall him being questionable, along with Kvamme, but then haven’t really heard anything about him since. He doesn’t seem to appear on the confirmation list for next week either…

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Never …. they wont do a darn thing about this unless some one gets an attorney to look into it .
    If it were a ” different party” he would already be on the beach in good ol Kalifornia

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