COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) spent part of Friday afternoon outlining a number of legislative priorities for 2019. Householder invited members of the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association, a group of Statehouse reporters, to join him in his office to hear his priorities for the coming eleven months, then answer questions. The meeting lasted for more than an hour.
"I don't think the citizens of the state of Ohio appreciate potholes and they want their bridges to be safe," the Speaker said. "They want to know when they put their kids on a school bus that the highways they travel on are safe."
One of the more controversial bills passed by the House but which sputtered in the Ohio Senate was the so-called "Heartbeat Bill", one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the nation. The bill passed both Legislative chambers last year and was sent to Gov. John Kasich's desk, which he vetoed. The bill then reverted back to the House for a veto override which happened, but not enough senators were in favor of overriding the veto, which effectively killed the bill at the last possible second. Householder says on this date, that bill is not a priority.
"As far as the Heartbeat Bill is concerned, the House as passed this a number of times," Householder said. "I don't think it's any surprise as I've talked to my friends on the other side of the aisle, when you have over 60% of a body that supports one issue or another that you're going to wind up with those issues being addressed," he said.
Householder's legislative priorities also include education funding, regulation of pharmacy benefit managers, prescription drugs for seniors, nuclear power, gun rights laws and reforming the atmosphere in the Ohio House.
Rural broadband is also a priority. "I think it's critical for the state of Ohio. I think from an economic development standpoint, it's critical. I think from an education standpoint, it's critical," he said.