COLUMBUS – The Ohio Senate this afternoon passed Gov. John Kasich’s fracking bill, Sub. S.B. 315, by a vote of 27-6. The bill had been amended and passed by the Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee this morning. Committee Chair, Sen. Shannon Jones, had introduced the bill at Kasich’s request. Sub. S.B. 315 now goes to the Ohio House for consideration.
The only Senators voting “No” were Michael Skindell (D-23 Cleveland), Capri Cafaro (D-32 Trumbull, Ashtabula counties), Nina Turner (D-25 Eastern Cuyahoga county), Charleta Tavares (D-15 Columbus), Tom Sawyer (D-28 Summit, Portage counties) and Joe Schiavoni (D-33 Mahoning, Carroll, and Tuscawaras counties).
Among the changes introduced into the bill by the committee was the medical gag rule, which has already become law in Pennsylvania. The provision reads as follows:
(H)(1) If a medical professional, in order to assist in the diagnosis or treatment of an individual who was affected by an incident associated with the production operations of a well, requests the exact chemical composition of each product, fluid, or substance and of each chemical component in a product, fluid, or substance that is designated as a trade secret pursuant to division (I) of this section, the person claiming the trade secret protection pursuant to that division shall provide to the medical professional the exact chemical composition of the product, fluid, or substance and of the chemical component in a product, fluid, or substance that is requested.
(2) A medical professional who receives information pursuant to division (H)(1) of this section shall keep the information confidential and shall not disclose the information for any purpose that is not related to the diagnosis or treatment of an individual who was affected by an incident associate with the production operations of a well.
— Paul Ryder, Assistant Director, Ohio Citizen Action