Rules Committee, Ohio State Senate

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The Rules Committee (formerly, the Rules and Reference 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]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Rules of the Senate


The Rules Committee determines the agenda for each Senate session.[4][5]

Committee members


Rules Members, 2013
Democratic members (4)Republican members (8)
Eric H. Kearney, Ranking Minority MemberKeith Faber, Chair
Edna BrownChris Widener, Vice Chair
Joe SchiavoniDave Burke
Nina TurnerBill Coley
Jim Hughes
Larry Obhof
Scott Oelslager
Tom Patton


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