That means five GOP members of the House voted No on SB 5.  I know that freshman Terry Johnson (R-Portsmouth) had announced earlier he would vote no.  John Carey was another expected no vote.

Marc Kovac of Dix Newspapers and Ohio Capital Blog is reporting that the five GOP no votes were:   Carey, Gardner, Johnson, Kozlowski and McGregor.

Waiting for the Senate to go into session for concurrence vote on House changes.  After a delay for a movie night with Kasich and a Republican Senator’s fundraiser, the Senate went into session to consider the House’s changes.  With the exception of the sponsor testimony by SB 5 not a single proponent of SB 5 spoke.  After roughly an hour and twenty minutes of bipartisan opponent speeches, the Senate concurred to the House amendments by the same 17-16 vote it passed the bill.

Reaction from Ohio AFL-CIO President Bill Burga:

The Ohio State House of Representatives took a huge step in the wrong direction for Ohio’s future today.  Republican Representatives decided to ignore the overwhelming majority of Ohioans who see this as a blatant attack on the rights of working families.

The amended version of this bill does not fool anyone.  Nothing about this bill is better because it only destroys good jobs, tears down our local economies and endangers public safety for all of us.  And it is worse than the Senate version of the bill because it goes further in gutting the rights of workers and dismantles the ability of unions to serve as a check on corporate power.

Instead of investing in our hard hit communities – which are going to be struggling even more if Gov. Kasich’s proposed budget passes – and creating jobs, Kasich and his political allies are using Senate Bill 5 to further a partisan political agenda and Ohio working families are paying the price.  These lawmakers should not exploit our economic recovery just to undermine working people’s protections and their unions.

But working families understand this is only the beginning of our fight to save Ohio’s middle class.  Kasich and his political allies have unwittingly created a movement of Ohioans who want a society that works for all, not just the rich and big business.  Ohio’s working families will build on this momentum and are already organizing together for a citizens’ veto, so we can restore the balance that is needed to stop the rising tide of corporate greed and the influence of big business in politics.

Will update this post later…

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  • dlw

    I realize it’s a quickie update… but I’m lost on the math. Aren’t there 59 Repubs and 40 Dems? Which 2 are missing? How does that equal 97 voting; and 5 Repubs voting yes?

    Again, I realize it’s a quickie update so please forgive my annoying persnicketyness, but hey, inquiring minds…

  • Anonymous

    One GOP member is out due to a heart attack. I think a Democrat member may also be absent, too.

  • Random Thoughts

    I was watching the live stream and there were two names that didn’t light up for the vote … guess they were out playing golf or something?!

  • Random Thoughts

    Carey, Gardner, Johnson, Kozlowski and McGregor were the GOP “no” votes…

  • Rex Damschroder had a heart attack a couple of days ago.

  • Say goodbye to Mike Duffey who holds his 21st district seat by a mere 377 votes in a GOP wave year.

  • MissGov

    Did the Speaker of the House Bill Batchelder really say, sarcastically, “Now that the intellectuals have left the chamber..” After he ordered the OSP to clear the area? And, I think he said “Goddamn guests.” Not sure about that one. Maybe I was hearing things.

  • He did make the intellectuals crack – couldn’t quite catch what he muttered a bit earlier

  • Random Thoughts

    Yes, he did say “Now that the intellectuals have left the chamber” loud and clear. And he said “G-D visitors”… it was supposed to be under his breath, I think, but the doofus forgot there was a microphone right in front of him. DOH!

  • Random Thoughts

    Yes, he did say “Now that the intellectuals have left the chamber” loud and clear. And he said “G-D visitors”… it was supposed to be under his breath, I think, but the doofus forgot there was a microphone right in front of him. DOH!

  • dlw

    Nice. Really nice.

    And *WHEN* are politicians going to remember that microphones make what they say heard to all??? How many gaffes does it take…

  • dlw

    Thanks! I was afraid maybe I added wrong and that my public education was showing…

    😉

  • Anonymous

    In case you forgot, MacGregor was one of the folks removed from the House Commerce and Labor Committee as it took up SB 5:
    http://www.plunderbund.com/2011/03/08/breaking-gop-replaces-member-of-commerce-and-labor-committee-to-ensure-sb5-passage/

  • As his vote was not needed Kozlowski, OH 99, pulled a LaTourette, and voted Nay. We heard weeks ago that the GOP was giving a pass to those GOP reps who were in tight races. Kozlowski won by a mere 42 votes.

  • Watching the archived video now. Looks like Rep. Huffman doesn’t understand how representation in the U.S. Congress is apportioned. Way to go, Lima.

  • Random Thoughts

    Which speaks volumes. The GOP is saying “We know this is a bad bill, and that most of your constituents will want you to vote “NO” on it, so if you want to cover your a** this time, go right ahead… it’s okay. The rest of us are going to ram it through with no problem and you’ll be off the hook.”

  • Anastasjoy

    Maybe Barbara Boyd didn’t make it after all. I talked to her aide last week and he was pretty sure she’d be back, but I think he may not have expected the vote to come this soon. She has been out since the fall rehabbing from a back injury.

  • Nick Clark

    I am getting sooo tired of the “anti-intellectual” trend. Just what in the hell is wrong with being an intellectual. (Better check dictionary before you answer)

  • Anonymous

    It may not matter. SB 5 may be more about ’12 turnout than anything else. Voted No may not save some of these guys. Redistricting is their last hope.

  • Greg Soper

    Why is Speaker Batchelder so angry? He won, I hate to see what happens when he loses.

    He should be fined for his remarks

  • Courtney

    Light this A**holes inbox up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am writing him a scathing email as we speak! How rude, disrespectful, and CHILDISH!!!

  • Courtney

    Light this A**holes inbox up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am writing him a scathing email as we speak! How rude, disrespectful, and CHILDISH!!!

  • Palli

    interesting question, remember her 1st excuse for signing: “my colleagues were picking on my friend”

  • Palli

    interesting question, remember her 1st excuse for signing: “my colleagues were picking on my friend”

  • Palli

    Yes, but he gets the Republican loyalty prize -guarantee of a job after the term is over, no doubt

  • Palli

    Yes, but he gets the Republican loyalty prize -guarantee of a job after the term is over, no doubt

  • Franklin County will get 10 full state house districts this coming redistricting cycle, and I’ve wargamed out a number of scenarios so far. Duffey is rather in trouble. His district can’t go east because that is Anne Gonzales’ district is right there and she lives in Westerville. Going south means more Democrats and if the district goes too far west, the population growth up here has been less than other areas – he’d have to give up some of his home area of Worthington.

  • Annekarima

    Did Batchelder just make a “donkey” of himself? Ah hem….guess that is too good word. Sorry.

  • Annekarima

    Did Batchelder just make a “donkey” of himself? Ah hem….guess that is too good word. Sorry.

  • Bridgeport teacher

    Any history teachers out there? I had a flash of the watercolor showing Shi Huangdi having all the intellectuals tossed into a pit and burning all the books. No wonder the firemen are being targeted, too. The plot becomes clearer…..

  • buckeyekelly

    This a day after TBP has such a problem with Redfern’s use of the word “manure” in a statement and dredging up video of his comments at a union hall. Ah…in full display do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Batchelder is one of the rudest people I have ever seen… not pretty either! When I get someone to write up my Vasectomy Bill …. hes first in line

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, was rushed to get this up with everything else that was breaking.

  • Anonymous

    We just put up a post with video to explain what Batchelder said and what he was cursing about.

  • Anonymous

    Not goddamn guests, we just put up the video with a full explanation in a new post.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed.

  • Anonymous

    You fail to see the lack of any actual point in yours.

  • Anonymous

    I dunno, maybe because it’s one in the morning, and it’s only been twenty minutes? What a crybaby.

  • Anonymous

    So we follow the Obama tactic…start negotiations on their side of the fence…and then keep going farther right? I am tired of playing that game. We have to make a stand for all working people…not keep giving in.

  • Kozlowski won by 42 votes in a three-way race. Since he was given the go ahead to vote no on SB5 by his GOP bosses, he’s now going to be asked to circulate referendum petitions.

  • Guest

    Hey where can I donate money to for the repeal effort? Has it begun yet? I really hope that they can form one big effort and not a bunch of small ones to get this on the ballot

  • Not some. All.

  • aggravated

    why do you suppose they’re the first to go in any “purge”?

  • aggravated

    Nope. The current economic disaster is the result of simple greed by folks who now are making everyone else pay for it. Repeal the bill and make corporate and finance reforms.

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