If Gov. John Kasich wants to expand Medicaid he'll try and do it through a little-known, but powerful panel known as the state controlling board.
It's a seven-member panel made up of six lawmakers and a chairman appointed by the governor. Sen. Bill Coley, a Republican from Butler County, is one of four Republicans on the panel. He would have preferred to have the issue of Medicaid expansion decided by the full general assembly, but hasn't made up his mind on how he'll vote on the controlling board.
He says at nearly $2 billion dollars- it's definately one of the largest items he's seen come before the board. Another Republican on the panel, Rep. Ron Amstutz, also expressed concern about going through controlling board. Sen. Tom Aawyer, a Democrat from Akron, issued a statement supporting the move.