Democrats Urge Veto Of Portion Of $7B Transportation Budget

Mar 26, 2015

The state’s transportation budget is headed to the governor amid criticism from Democrats who claim a portion of the bill would discourage out-of-state college students in Ohio from voting in the swing state.

The House voted 78-13 on Thursday, sending the bill to Gov. John Kasich for review.

Democrats want Kasich to line-item veto a provision in the two-year, $7 billion spending plan that would require new residents who register to vote or file their taxes under an Ohio address to obtain an Ohio driver’s license and register their vehicles here within 30 days.

Supporters say it defines a deadline in state law for what’s already an existing practice. The state’s elections chief has said it wouldn’t place a barrier before voters.

The Senate unanimously passed the bill.