COLUMBUS -- Republican Gov. John Kasich's request to hold his State of the State address in the northeast Ohio city of Medina has cleared the Legislature. The speech is scheduled Feb. 24.
The move allows Kasich to honor a retiring legislative leader and deliver his election-year policy goals not far from the home turf of likely Democratic gubernatorial rival Ed FitzGerald.
Kasich first moved the speech outside Columbus in 2012 after pro-labor protests at the previous year's address. The past two speeches were in Steubenville and Lima.
Some Democratic lawmakers balked. Rep. Ron Gerberry says Kasich is discarding a worthy tradition of holding the signature policy address at the Statehouse.
Sen. Lou Gentile supported the 2012 relocation to Steubenville, in his district, but voted against Medina.