Ohio lawmakers could override veto of Great Lakes water use bill

By Rachael Gleason, Great Lakes Echo

The Toledo Blade reports today that Ohio lawmakers could override the governor’s veto of a bill establishing the Great Lakes region’s weakest water protections.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed the hotly contested bill earlier this month.

House Speaker Bill Batchelder told the Blade that nothing’s off the table, and that he wasn’t sure how to move forward in drafting legislation that would comply with the 2008 regional compact to protect the Great Lakes.

Two former Ohio governors and environmental groups opposed the bill on grounds that it failed to meet the compact’s scientific requirements and protect Lake Erie from large water withdrawals.

It would take 60 votes in the House and 20 in the Senate to override the governor’s veto; there was enough original support for the bill in both chambers for this happen, according to the story.

© 2011, Great Lakes Echo, Michigan State University Knight Center for Environmental Journalism

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