Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Ohio State Senate

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The Energy and Natural Resources Committee (formerly, the Energy and Public Utilities Committee) is a standing committee of the Ohio State Senate.

Per the Senate Rules, committees of the Ohio State Senate are appointed by the President of the Senate. The rules do not give a specific date to which committees are assigned but committee appointments occur after the organization of the Senate.[1] The President shall appoint a chair and vice-chair of each standing committee as well as a ranking minority member.[2] The Minority Leader can recommend minority membership and a ranking minority member for each committee.[1] The President can be substituted as a voting member on any standing committee. The Minority Leader shall be an ex-officio nonvoting member of each committee, and at the Minority Leader's request, the President can substitute for the Minority Leader as a voting member on any committee.[2] A majority of members in a committee is considered quorum.[3]

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The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee reviews legislation impacting Ohio's energy production, mineral lands and mining, and oversees Ohio's wildlife, forests, and parks and recreation, as well as state conservation policies regarding soil, mineral, and water resources. The committee makes recommendations to the full Senate for the advice and consent of governor's appointments to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and other related boards and commissions.[4][5]

Committee members

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2015 legislative session

Energy and Natural Resources Members, 2015
Democratic members (3)Republican members (8)
Lou Gentile, Ranking Minority MemberTroy Balderson, Chair
Capri S. CafaroShannon Jones, Vice Chair
Sandra WilliamsRandy Gardner
Cliff Hite
Jay Hottinger
Tom Patton
Bill Seitz
Joe Uecker



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