Bill Seitz is a conservative State Senator. He’s a member of ALEC. He’s the reason Ohio’s constitution bans the legal recognition of same-sex relationships as marriage, even in cases where houses of worship in Ohio do. And Bill Seitz suddenly finds himself too moderate for the Senate Republican Caucus.
Here’s something else you probably don’t know about Bill Seitz. While in Columbus, he shares a place with Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond), who’s district neighbors Seitz’s. Seitz, you recall, was removed from the Senate Commerce, Insurance & Labor Committee to ensure enough votes to pass SB 5 out of that committee. Well, today, Seitz’s Columbus roommate stripped him as Chairman of the Senate Oversight Committee.
The stated reason for Seitz’s removal today? Senate President Niehaus says that Seitz wasn’t “communicative.” What was Seitz supposedly not communicative about? Apparently, Seitz was considering bringing a substitute bill for SB 3, introduced by Senate President Pro Tempore Keith Faber (R-Celina). What does SB 3 do? Why it:
modernize, update, and improve the actuarial soundness of the Public Employees Retirement System, Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund, State Teachers Retirement System, School Employees Retirement System, and State Highway Patrol Retirement System.
Incidentally, that’s the entire text of the bill available publicly so far. Just like SB 5, SB 3 presently only has a placeholder bill that hides its actual provisions. Apparently, Seitz was prepared to unveil a substitute bill with substance, but Faber says Seitz didn’t adequately communicate what the language would be. So, naturally, Neihaus removed Seitz as the Chair of the Committee, and made Faber the Chair.
Let’s recap: Niehaus removed Seitz in favor of Faber because Seitz was prepared to introduce a bill on state pension “reform” that Faber didn’t favor, so he was removed so Faber could draft the bill he wants in the committee.
Nothing to see here folks.