The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Gov. John Kasich and House Republicans are considering ways to implement provisions of Senate Bill 5, circumventing a petition drive that would put the new law on hold while it goes to a statewide referendum.
In a story by reporters Joe Vardon and Jim Siegel, the Dispatch reports that Republicans may add language to the budget bill that would single out teachers and immediately enact SB5 provisions regarding evaluations. SB5 requires that all pay now be linked to performance evaluations and not longevity.
Other provisions could be added to the budget bill, too, perhaps requiring opponents to launch yet another statewide referendum that would have to go on the ballot in 2012, even if they are successful at repeal of SB5.
When asked about the possiblity of adding new language to the budget bill, House Speaker William Batchelder, R-Medina, told the Dispatch: "these things happen."
The full story is available on the Dispatch website.