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.

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  • Anonymous

    One thing: Seitz isn’t merely a MEMBER of ALEC. He is the Ohio legislative ALEC board member from Ohio. Things are getting stranger and stranger.

  • Anonymous

    … and IIRC, ALEC’s “State Legislator of the Year” last year.

  • Anonymous

    … and IIRC, ALEC’s “State Legislator of the Year” last year.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    these people seem to have a lot of duplicate legislations —
    if you put in HB 69 on line both show up and are exactly the same —
    and this whole group is out of controll
    Bill Seitz told wlw this week that he had not been returned to his committee–but that he and Niehaus still had a townhouse they share
    and I guess the gov isnt out of controll……………….

  • Guest

    Beware radical Rethugs bearing reform…oops I mean Greeks bearing gifts.

  • I wonder who gets the top bunk.

  • That’s true, it IS strange that he seems to be backing away from some of this legislation. One reason that seems plausible to me is that he may be worrying about his political career and cares more for that than enacting ALEC’s goals?

  • Greg Soper

    Niehaus must have misread the Gettysburg Address. He thinks it says Government of the few, by the few and for the few

  • stryx

    My memory is a little sketchy on this, but not too long ago didn’t the Rs heist a Dem written bill?

    I remember that they just sort of rewrote the sponsorship and passed it under their own name.

    It’s not like this is the first time these clowns have done something underhanded to a bill.

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