On November 6, voters across the country made their way to the polls to exercise their civic duty. Since public policy can impact our lives at all levels of government, voting is important and elections have consequences.
Within state government, Republicans maintained control of both chambers in the General Assembly and every non-judicial statewide office. Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine will be Ohio’s next governor. His victory will likely result in less hectic end-of-year legislative work in the Ohio General Assembly. If Richard Cordray had won, Republicans in the Ohio General Assembly and Governor Kasich would likely be taking a more aggressive approach to passing controversial and difficult public policy while Republicans still have control over each step of the process. The outcome of the election may mean less surprises through January, but that doesn’t mean legislators and Governor Kasich won’t try to finalize some difficult legislation. All bills expire at the end of this year, and January marks the beginning of the 133rd General Assembly.
The beginning of a General Assembly means there will soon be the introduction of a state budget and a clean slate for legislators to accomplish their public policy goals. Also relevant are the results of the Ohio Supreme Court races. Both Ohio Supreme Court races were won by Democratic candidates, giving Democrats two of seven seats on our state’s high court that is currently held by all Republicans.
In Congress, Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown maintained control of his U.S. Senate seat against Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Renacci. Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives – ultimately taking away one-party rule in Congress since the 2016 election of President Donald Trump. Democratic control of the U.S. House of Representatives creates a new check on the President and Republicans in the Senate, making it more difficult for some Republican policies to pass into law in the coming two years. We might see more hectic and surprising end-of-year legislative policies pass at the national level, since Republicans will want to finalize key issues before losing their one-party control of the legislative process.
At the same time that Democratic candidates won House seats recently held by Republicans, Republicans maintained control of the U.S. Senate. The U.S. Senate plays a key role in the executive appointment and confirmation process, so the outcome could mean less resistance when President Trump chooses appointees to important and influential bureaucratic and judicial positions within the federal government.
Now that the election is over, legislators are back to work crafting policy that impacts our daily lives. OCHCH will continue to advocate for and against policies important to health care at home. As the new Congress, General Assembly, and government budget process approaches, we will need your help! Consider attending the March on Washington to meet with Congressional members from Ohio and the 2018 Annual Advocacy Day at the Statehouse to meet with state representatives and senators. Contact Andrew Yogmour, Policy & Advocacy Director, to learn more at (614) 885-0434, ext. 204.