Start clearing your Tuesday morning calendar now.  The House Republicans just announced that they are scheduling SB 5 for amendments and a possible committee vote on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. in Room 114 of the Statehouse (the House Commerce and Labor Committee).

The Dispatch is reporting that a final product is not yet ready and that the Republicans will continue to work on the bill over the weekend, but they suspect that some of the changes will be liked by organized labor.  Of course, they won’t even hint at what those changes might be.

I’ll be surprised, and frankly, a little disappointed if the House Commerce and Labor Committee actually votes on the bill on Tuesday.  Even the Senate Committee gave members 24-hours to review the bill and to take some questions about the changes before holding a committee vote.

If they give it that kind of delay, I guess that means the Committee could approve it Wednesday morning vote with a House floor vote that afternoon.  The Senate would probably not be able to hold its vote to confirm the House’s changes to the bill (avoiding sending the bill to a conference committee) by Thursday afternoon session.  Kasich, if he keeps to his word, will hold a private bill signing “ceremony” to sign the bill into law.  Then the referendum work can begin.

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  • Keep f#cking that chicken

    I can’t wait to get out there on the streets one more time and then it’s on to the referendum!

  • Guest

    Thanks for the info

  • Guest

    There will be rallies next week at the statehouse Tues, Wed, and Thurs! 9 am – 6 pm.

  • YES this should have never made it this far almost stopped in the senate let your state reps know how you feel and will be watching them vote.thier election will be coming up and we will remember how they voted,then they can see how we will vote.

  • Anonymous

    The following may be pure paranoid speculation, but it seems speculation is what remains under a regime:

    I have spoken to some competent people who would not be shocked if the House, in order to save face and cool the flames, removed police and fire from the union-busting bill. After all, schools and teachers are the easiest prey.

    I have no evidence, but I can see the creepy political logic behind such a move. Part and parcel with the “divide and conquer” strategy, a desperation shot.

    Is there any rumblings of this from reliable sources, Plunder? It would make the bill more closely resemble Wisconsin’s, and we know Kasich has Walker on speed-dial.

  • Anonymous

    My source heard this directly from an Ohio legislator. (Yawn.) No surprise. Government officials talk “equal treatment” and then favor or plunder various groups based on their voting and financial support, and then couch their actions in terms that attempt to placate the aggrieved.

    Coke today, Pepsi tomorrow. Then back to Coke after that. Does it ever change?

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