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Call Senate President Obhof to Override the Veto on Oil and Gas Leasing Appointments!

Posted By Lyndsey Kleven, Communications Coordinator, Monday, August 14, 2017

We need your help on an important industry issue!

Currently, the Ohio Senate is discussing whether or not to take up 11 different veto overrides included in the state budget bill (House Bill 49). One of these veto overrides includes appointments to the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission, the state body that would oversee state lands leasing.

Governor John Kasich recently vetoed language in the state budget bill that would allow the leaders of the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate to appoint these Commission members. The Ohio House of Representatives has already voted to override this veto. Now, we only need the Ohio Senate to vote to override the veto as well and this language becomes state law.

We are asking our members to call or email Senate President Larry Obhof and your local State Senator, and ask them to override the Governor’s veto on appointments to the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission! Your Senator needs to hear directly from you as to the importance of making these appointments and beginning the statutory process of leasing state-owned lands for oil and gas development. Below is a sample email/script to help you when you call your State Senators. 

Click here to email Senate President Larry Obhof

Or call Larry Obhof's office at: 614-466-7505

Click here to search for your local State Senator      

Please paste this into the body of your message: 

Override the veto on oil and gas leasing commission appointments! I am writing you today to urge the Ohio Senate to override the Governor’s line item veto of language that would require appointments to be made to the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission as written in House Bill 49, the state’s operating budget bill.

The language that was vetoed would allow the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate to finally appoint members to the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission. Once appointed, the Commission would have the option to begin the process of potentially leasing state lands for oil and gas development.

The law was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor John Kasich in 2011. Since then, the Governor has not performed his duty as required by the law—which was to appoint members to this Commission by October, 2011.

Now, the Ohio Senate has the final say in implementing these appointments. Without an Oil and Gas Leasing Commission, the state cannot lease its lands for oil and gas exploration and, in turn, cannot achieve the financial and economic benefits of these activities. Ohio landowners are also negatively impacted by this inaction, as property owners with mineral rights are being blocked from development.

Again, I am writing you today because Governor Kasich has not acted upon these appointments, as he was required to do under current Ohio law. Because of his inaction, I must ask you to override the Governor’s veto of these appointments to the Oil and Gas Commission and place the appointing authority in the hands of state’s legislative leaders to start a process that has already been delayed for six years

How Do You Find Your State Senator?

Please follow the following steps to contact your state senator:

1. Get your “zip code-plus 4”. If you do not know your zip code-plus 4, please click here.

2. Go to the Ohio Senate website and insert your zip code-plus 4

3. Click on “email your state senator” when the page loads.

Thank you in advance for your help! 

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