The Ohio Senate met on Aug. 22 in a veto override session to take up the 11 veto overrides by the Ohio House on July 6 . These 11 overrides are part of the 47 vetoes the governor issued to HB 49 (Smith) and signed on June 30. The Senate did not take up several of the items at this time to allow more time for interested parties to work on the issues. With the Senate support of a House override, the provision remains part of the bill and will become effective 90 days after it is filed with the secretary of state's office or immediately if it is an appropriation.
Listed below is a synopsis taken from the governor's veto message of the 11 veto overrides from the House updated with today's Senate vote:
ITEM NUMBER 3: House Passed 65-30/Senate Passed 23-10
Controlling Board Authority
This provision severely limits the power of the Controlling Board to determine amounts by which appropriations may be adjusted and to create new funds. As such, this represents a significant impediment to the authority and effectiveness of the Controlling Board, which could potentially have a negative impact on state agencies' ability to respond in a timely fashion to issues of emerging or urgent concern. Therefore, this veto is in the public interest.
ITEM NUMBER 23: House Passed 65-30/Senate Passed 23-10
Medicaid Coverage of Optional Eligibility Groups
This provision would prohibit the Department of Medicaid from covering any new, optional groups unless expressly permitted by statute. Because federal law requires there to be a single state agency charged with administering the Medicaid program in each state, this provision - by ceding a portion of the Director of Medicaid's authority to the Legislature - violates that federal requirement and imposes on the Director's executive authority to manage the state's Medicaid program. Therefore, this veto is in the public interest.
ITEM NUMBER 25: House Passed 66-30/Senate did not take up
Legislative Oversight of Rules Increasing Medicaid Rates
This provision would require the Department of Medicaid to submit any proposal for an increase in a Medicaid payment rate to the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC) and prohibits the Department from making an increase if it fails to make the required submission, if JMOC votes to prohibit the rate increase, or if the General Assembly adopts a concurrent resolution to prohibit it. This obstructs the Medicaid director's executive authority to effectively and efficiently manage Ohio's Medicaid...