Gov. Kasich intends to give state of the state address Lima

By MARC KOVAC C-N Capital Bureau Published:

COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich will offer his State of the State address to lawmakers in Lima next month.

The governor was set to submit a letter to Senate President Keith Faber, a Republican from Celina whose district includes the western Ohio city, and Republican House Speaker Bill Batchelder, formally seeking permission to take the speech on the road.

Both chambers will have to approve the request to make it official.

The community of about 40,000 is roughly between Dayton and Toledo on Interstate 75. It's home to the James A. Rhodes State College and an Ohio State University regional campus, which would fit in with the governor's efforts to increase career preparation in schools.

At least one lawmaker is already on record in opposition to Kasich's decision to offer the speech outside of Columbus.

Rep. Ronald Gerberry, a Democrat from Austintown, asked Batchelder in a letter to deny the governor's request, citing the tradition and historical significance of having the State of the State in the Ohio House chambers.

Gerberry last year introduced legislation that would have required the speech to be offered in the Ohio House chambers, whether by the governor in person or broadcast for members to watch.

Last year, Kasich gave the State of the State in Steubenville, marking the first time in modern history the speech was offered outside of Ohio's capital city.

"The benefit is real simple: You take government out to where people are and you connect with them better than just being in Columbus," Kasich told reporters earlier this week about giving the speech outside of Ohio's capital city. "The day will come where it will be done in Columbus again, but this is a great thing to take government to where people are."

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