Governor DeWine to Return "State of the State Address" to the Statehouse

COLUMBUS, Ohio (24-7 News)--Governor Mike DeWine plans to deliver his inaugural State of the State address in the House chambers of the Ohio Statehouse.

Former governor John Kasich had moved the annual speech from Columbus to other cities around the state including Steubenville, Lima, Sandusky and Marietta.

Kasich's first State of the State speech in 2011, which was at the Statehouse, was marred by protests amid the debate over a bill that eventually passed that limited the powers of Ohio's public sector unions. That bill was later overturned by referendum.

DeWine said he wasn't ruling out giving future speeches at locations outside the capitol, but felt his first one should be delivered in a traditional setting.

The speech has not yet been scheduled, but by law must be given to lawmakers by March 15th.

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