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1. House committee leaders named

House Speaker Bill Batchelder (R- Medina) recently announced committee chairs for the 130th General Assembly. Representative Ron Amstutz (R- Wooster) will continue to lead the influential House Finance Committee, the panel responsible for managing the development of the biennial state budget bill. Ranking minority members and full committee members have not been named at this time.

The House committees, as well as the members who will lead each committee, are as follows:

Senate Committee


Agriculture and Natural Resources  Dave Hall (R- Millersburg)
Commerce, Labor and TechnologyRon Young (R- Leroy Township) 
Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Nan Baker (R- Westlake) 
Education Jerry Stebelton (R- Lancaster) 
Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development Richard Adams (R- Troy) 
Health and Aging  Lynn Wachtmann (R-Napoleon) 
Insurance Bob Hackett (R- London) 
Judiciary Jim Butler (R- Oakwood) 
Manufacturing and Workforce DevelopmentKirk Schuring (R- Canton) 
Military and Veterans Affairs Terry Johnson (R- McDermott) 
Policy and Legislative OversightMike Dovilla (R- Berea) 
Public Utilities Peter Stautberg (R- Anderson Township) 
State and Local Government   Terry Blair (R- Washington Township) 
Transporation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Rex Damschroder (R- Fremont) 
Ways and Means Peter Beck (R- Mason)


2. PUCO Nominating Council makes recommendations

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio's (PUCO) Nominating Council submitted the names of four finalists to be considered by Governor John Kasich to fill vacancies resulting from former Commissioner Cheryl Roberto’s decision to resign. The PUCO Nominating Council is a broad-based 12-member panel charged with screening candidates for the position of commissioner. The governor will select a nominee to fill Roberto's unexpired term commencing upon appointment and ending on April 10, 2013. Additionally, an appointment will be made for the term commencing on April 11, 2013, and ending on April 10, 2018. One applicant is expected to be selected for both terms.

The Nominating Council recommended the following individuals:

  • Andrew Bergman, former Adjunct Professor at Capital University Law School, and former attorney in the Ohio Attorney General’s office
  • G. Raymond Lorello, Statewide Railroad Utility Program Manager at the Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Dan Shields, Federal Energy Advocate at PUCO
  • M. Beth Trombold, Assistant Director of the Development Services Agency and former Director of Economic Development and Public Affairs at PUCO

Governor Kasich has 30 days to select a nominee or request a new list of names from the Nominating Council. The governor's appointment is subject to confirmation by the Ohio Senate.

3. Registration opens for Ohio Business Matchmaker Conference

Registration is now open for the eighth annual Ohio Business Matchmaker Conference on March 27 and 28, 2013 at the Dayton Convention Center. The conference links small businesses with government agencies and prime contractors for potential contracting opportunities.

Businesses will have the opportunity to meet with buyers from city, state, county and federal agencies, as well as prime contractors and other organizations with combined purchasing budgets representing hundreds of millions of dollars in opportunities. The event also offers training on topics, such as start-up businesses for veterans, reading solicitations, service master agreements with the oil and gas industry, women-owned small business program challenges, working with joint ventures, and various other business opportunities.

The event is sponsored by the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Business Assistance, the Small Business Development Centers Network of Ohio, Check Ohio First, and the U.S. Small Business Administration Columbus District.

Early bird registration ends January 31, 2013. Online registration is available until February 28, 2013. Registration will be available at the door. For more information about the event, click here.  

For more information, please contact:

Michael Caputo

(non-attorney professional)


Rebecca M. Kuhns

(non-attorney professional)


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