Posts Authored by Gregory J. Lestini

Governor DeWine delivers his first State of the State address

On March 5, 2019, Governor Mike DeWine (R) delivered his first State of the State address during a joint House and Senate session. Governor DeWine returned to past tradition and spoke from the Ohio House chamber in the Statehouse. For more, read the full story

General News

DeWine announces several new cabinet picks

Sworn in on January 14, Ohio's new Governor Mike DeWine recently announced several new appointees to his cabinet agencies. Appointees, who are still pending approval from the Ohio Senate, include:

  • Dorothy Pelanda – Department of Agriculture
  • Randy Gardner – Department of Higher Education
  • Jillian Froment – Department of Insurance
  • Kimberly Hall – Job and Family Services
  • Maureen Corcoran - Medicaid
  • Lori Criss – Mental Health & Addiction Services
  • Jack Marchbanks – Transportation
  • Jeffrey Davis – Developmental Disabilities
  • Stephanie McCloud – Workers Compensation
  • Ryan Gies – Youth Services
  • Ursel McElroy – Aging
  • Deborah Ashenhurst – Veteran Services
  • Laurie Stevenson – Ohio EPA

DeWine also named Andy Wilson as his senior advisor for criminal justice policy.

These individuals join several cabinet directors and senior staff appointed by DeWine in December 2018. An ongoing list of Governor’s Office staff appointees and cabinet agency director appointees is available here

General News

2018 lame duck summary and 2019 budget and legislative preview

With a new year comes a new General Assembly. Bills that the 132nd General Assembly did not pass will have to be reintroduced if legislators want to pursue those issues in the 133rd General Assembly. The DeWine-Husted administration will have until as late as March 15 to present the administration’s first draft of the FY 2020-21 Operating Budget to the General Assembly. However, we anticipate learning more about the new administration’s priorities in the near future. Read More >>

General News

2017 Ohio election update

On November 7, 2017, Ohioans voted on two statewide ballot issues, as well as numerous local issues and candidates. In the statewide issues, Issue 2 was overwhelmingly defeated with nearly 80 percent of voters rejecting the measure. Similarly, voters approved Issue 1 by a wide margin, making Ohio the sixth state to pass Marsy’s Law. Bricker & Eckler has prepared an overview of the general election results and details on races of particular interest. Read more >>

Election Law, General News

2016 post-general election update

On November 8, 2016, Ohio voters cast ballots in the 2016 general election. Federal offices — including President, U.S. Senate and Ohio Supreme Court — were all on the ballot, as were seats in the Ohio General Assembly. Many counties in Ohio and around the country reported record-breaking early voter turnout, adding to the historic nature of this election. Bricker & Eckler has prepared an overview of the highlights from the general election and details on races of particular interest. Read more >>

Election Law, General News

Ohio voting rules under debate

Expected to once again be a crucial swing state in the 2016 general election, Ohio has already become a heated battleground as Republicans and Democrats stake their claim on Buckeye State voters. In a debate that goes back to the 2004 presidential election, Republicans are seeking to establish stricter regulations governing absentee ballots, voting hours and same-day voter registration, claiming that these rules will reduce voter fraud. However, Democrats argue that these restrictions not only create unlawful barriers for voters but also discriminate against minority voters, who typically take advantage of these extended voting services. So far, courts have reached opposing conclusions. 

Election Law, General News