|Advocacy - 12.30.15|
Both the state legislature and Congress have adjourned until the middle of January where both institutions will be very aggressive to pass pending and new legislation. The state legislature will be sprinting towards the May finish line where all pending work will come to a halt because of the November elections. Legislators will go back to their districts to campaign and gear for re-election efforts.
Much is the same for Congress where we all know of the upcoming 2016 presidential election. However, there will be one congressional election coming sooner rather than later. With the resignation of Speaker John Boehner earlier this year, Ohio’s 8th Congressional District became open for the first time in decades. Leading the pack of 16 people who filed to run for the seat recently dropped out and endorsed state representative, Tim Derickson (R-Oxford). The district, which is overwhelming Republican, will hold a special election on March 15th where the winner of that election will move on to the general election on June 7th 2016. Whomever wins the June 7th election will have to file and run again for election in November of 2016.