Senator Cliff HiteMultiple media outlets reporting that SB 5 opponent Senator Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) was taking off the Senate Insurance, Labor & Commerce Committee and replaced with Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay), who is expected to vote for SB 5… obviously.

Senate Rule 19 suggest the President of the Senate can change the makeup of a Committee, at will, but only by first issuing a Message (parliamentary term of art) that changes the membership.  Yesterday, Niehaus issued no such message.  He may issue one during the floor session, but that’s after the fact.  There’s probably a parliamentary scramble to figure out if Niehaus’ replacement of Seitz for Hite complies with the Rules of the Senate.

This gives the committee a 7-5 vote to approve the bill out of committee and avoid defeat by a tie vote.

We’ve already received clarification from our post this morning about Senator Karen Gilmor.  The Republicans won’t make the committee changes immediately so that it’s not as apparent, but they’ll likely move Bacon down to Vice-Chair (reportedly he never wanted to Chair the committee in the first place) and place Gilmor as Chair.  Even if she were moved into a Vice-Chair in that or some other committee, we’ve confirmed that she would gain financially from this arrangement. 

[UPDATE:]  Seitz had to be removed because like Hughes, he also planned on opposing the Omnibus amendment the GOP concocted to get the votes necessary to pass the bill on the floor, too.  So Hite was added to make sure the amendment passed, too, because for some odd reason it’s made changes to the bill to get the necessary GOP support.  How the Omnibus amendment makes this bill more political palpable to support is beyond my comprehension.

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  • kellyaitken4

    The real kicker here is that this deciding vote is coming from a former teacher. Just abhorrent…

  • Littleguy

    Cliff Hite was just appointed to his Senate seat by the party so as a former teacher he obviously sold his sole to get that job. His vote is no surprise! I wonder how he can look himself in the mirror in the morning or face his old coworkers. He must think of the two public pensions he will receive (three with his wife’s teachers pension) and think money’s more important than my conscience.

  • Littleguy

    Cliff Hite was just appointed to his Senate seat by the party so as a former teacher he obviously sold his sole to get that job. His vote is no surprise! I wonder how he can look himself in the mirror in the morning or face his old coworkers. He must think of the two public pensions he will receive (three with his wife’s teachers pension) and think money’s more important than my conscience.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NL4YSAIMN2T4LVCEXCPTJSEUN4 Palli

    R after a republican’s name doesn’t mean Respect- for colleagues or constituents.

    A former teacher with a way better pension now!

  • Jim

    Typical Republican. He got his (pension) now fuck the rest of you!

  • progressive dem

    We now move to the House.

    I was looking at the makeup of the Commerce and Labor committee. We need to focus efforts on Todd McKenney [my rep when not at college :( ] and Christina Roegner. They both come from moderate, just flipped districts.

  • progressive dem

    Also a kicker for Hite…he was endorsed by the OEA in his last election.

  • Greg Soper

    Does it have to go through the committee in the House?

  • Anonymous

    I want to call out the irony in this, but I’ve long been desensitized to irony from our elected officials. Hypocrisy, really. At least we’re learning the names of the people who need to go away in the next election. They are crawling out from under their rocks, recoiling in the light of day.

  • Anonymous

    I want to call out the irony in this, but I’ve long been desensitized to irony from our elected officials. Hypocrisy, really. At least we’re learning the names of the people who need to go away in the next election. They are crawling out from under their rocks, recoiling in the light of day.

  • See You in November!

    Ha! They couldn’t even win this by their own rules, so they had to cheat.

  • Anonymous

    Today our republican officials decided:

    1. The Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals
    2. Ohio Republican Senate are deciding that public workers cannot strike & those who do will go to jail or be fined.

    Doesn’t it seem odd that workers don’t have those same First Amendment Rights?

  • Anonymous

    A little off-topic, but it seems there is similar gamesmanship occurring in Wisconsin. If you can’t win under the rules, change the rules. In Wisconsin, it’s THE NUCLEAR OPTION. Dum dum du-duuuuum ….

    From The Daily Beast:

    Wisconsin’s Secret Nuclear Option

    Wisconsin is deep in uncharted territory with its budget battle—Democrats are in self-imposed exile and the Republican Party is in charge of a statehouse that has become a nationally televised street theater stage in recent days. But, as The Daily Beast’s John Avlon reports, Gov. Scott Walker can use a little-known but constitutional maneuver to break the impasse over unions’ rights. This means that if the collective bargaining were delinked from the budget measures and put forward as a separate bill, it could be passed with 51 percent of the legislators—and without Democrats’ participation.

  • Greg Soper

    Am I correct the say Sb5 now moves to a House the House Committee on Commerce and Labor? Or does it go right to a floor vote. If it goes to a committee then we MUST focus on Roegner and McKearney- Mckearney defeated Dyer and Rogner defeated Mike Moran-both are from the Hudson area.

    Both were seats held by Democrats, we need to put pressure on them

  • Rob

    This from the AFL-CIO:

    Our work continues today. The Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee just passed Senate Bill 5 after Senator Seitz, who was in opposition to the bill, was pulled and replaced by Senator Hite, who voted in support of the bill. We need to keep the pressure on our State Senators to oppose this anti-middle class measure.

  • Drobinette

    very very disappointed. Rethink this please.
    Flag City teacher

  • Anonymous

    The same Cliff Hite that was Ben Roethlisberger’s high school football coach. It appears that Big Ben learned his high moral standards from Hire.

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  • Lynn

    Ok it is a mess. So now what do we do?What are our options? What are the next steps? I’m ready to start organizing people. I know people who are mad now just because of the committee hijinks and who didn’t care one way or the other about unions. Where can I find a comphrehensive plan to mull over and then plug into. Can’t sit on my hands over this.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5TDGB3TYPE3WGT3DOJC36FCHRI Paula

    WE WILL NOT FORGET…VOTE THEM ALL OUT~

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