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Governor, we want to hear what you have to say; we just want to hear it at the Ohio Statehouse.

Mon, Feb 18th, 2013 8:49:16 am
OCA President Chris Long

Governor, we want to hear what you have to say; we just want to hear it at the Ohio Statehouse.

In case you are not aware, Governor Kasich is for the second time in his administration giving the State of the State Address at an off-site location other than The Ohio Statehouse. This time it will be in Lima, Ohio. Last year, the Governor gave his State of the State in Steubenville, and rumor has it that it is his intent to continue to hold his State of the State Address in different locations around the State of Ohio throughout his term in office.

Let's consider what the State of the State Address is. It is the Governor's reporting to the members of the General Assembly and to the citizens of Ohio what is the current fiscal and general well-being of the State of Ohio, along with his recommendations.

The idea of holding this Constitutionally mandated address to the Ohio General Assembly in a place other than the centrally located Ohio Statehouse hearkens back to the original complaint of our founders to King George of England when, in the Declaration of Independence, among the list of grievances in which they stated their act of independence, was, and I quote, "He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, and for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures."

Though The Ohio Constitution is not specific as to the location where the General Assembly is to convene for the Governor's State of the State address, it has been held with continued tradition at The Ohio Statehouse, in which the people of Ohio, through their precious tax dollars, have invested over the years for its upkeep and for the maintenance of state government.

The State of the State Address is a Constitutional mandate under Article 3, Section 7, which reads, "Governor's annual message to General Assembly; Recommendations for legislation. He shall communicate at every session, by message, to the General Assembly, the condition of the state, and recommend such measures as he shall deem expedient."

The people of Ohio are waiting with anticipation to hear what Governor Kasich has to say on Tuesday. As the Governor has introduced the most comprehensive and complex change in State Government in nearly a generation, this important message that he is delivering deserves the fullest attention that can be afforded. But, for the purposes of best communicating and having the State of the State Address heard and received, there is no better venue than that of The Ohio Statehouse in which the people of Ohio have invested their treasure and resources. It is centrally located, making it convenient for all duly elected representatives to easily make the journey and accommodations to attend the Assembly.

Our prayers and best wishes are for Governor Kasich and for the members of the Ohio General Assembly as they navigate through these challenging times for our state and nation.

Governor, we are all ears to hear what you have to say in your address. Next year, though, let's hear it from The Ohio Statehouse.



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