The Ohio Senate passed S.J.R. 5, a resolution to propose a federal balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution via a convention for proposing amendments.
The vote was 28 to 3 in favor, with strong bipartisan support. 70% of Senate Democrats voted in favor of the resolution.
All Republicans except Senator Peterson and Senator Jordan voted for the amendment because they were absent.
All Democrats except Senator Gentile, Senator Sawyer, and Senator Skindell voted in favor of the bill.
Senate Joint Resolution 5 is sponsored by the Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina. Faber has previously said his proposal was a response to the dysfunctional government in Washington, which has allowed the national debt to surpass $17 trillion.
This legislation is expected to pass the Ohio House in the next several weeks.