COLUMBUS -- Could lawmakers return to Capitol Square after the holiday for a quick veto-overriding session?
The answer to that is among the 10 things that happened around the Statehouse this week:
1. Back in Town? Republican leaders of the Ohio House and Senate sent clear messages to Gov. John Kasich that they were ready to override line-item budget vetoes, if necessary.
Both Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) told their members to be ready for a post-Fourth of July session, depending on what Kasich decided to strike from the biennial budget bill.
The governor's action was expected late Friday night.
"We're definitely leaving the options open to return," Obhof told reporters.
And Rosenberger: "We'll see how it goes We'll see what the governor does now."
Both indicated they would have the requisite number of lawmakers to override, if they would return to town.
"We're not coming back unless we have the numbers to override," Rosenberger said.
2. The Big Picture: Otherwise, both Obhof and Rosenberger were pleased with the budget bill negotiated and passed by the two chambers.
"I think we've got a very good budget that's under the rate of inflation, that controls growth, [that] makes sure that we've done everything to be responsible and effective stewards of our state," Rosenberger said.
Obhof added, "I think overall, while there may be individual issues in the bill that some people may like, some people may not, it's a pretty good overall product for the state of Ohio, particularly given the changing fiscal situation over the course of the last six months."
3. Other Bills: The biennial budget was the biggest thing on lawmakers' To Do List, but both chambers moved other bills during the week.
The Ohio House kept it simple, signing off on changes to the Bureau of Workers' Comp budget, notably excluding controversial language barring undocumented workers from receiving BWC benefits.
The Senate passed a half a dozen bills, including one increasing prison sentences for those permanently disfigure or disable their victims (HB 63).
That legislation was titled Judy's Law, in memory of a central Ohio woman who was attacked and burned by an ex-boyfriend. The bill's namesake, who had been hospitalized since the mid-2015 attack, died as a result of her injuries a day before the floor vote.
4. Camp Ravenna: The Ohio Senate also adopted a symbolic resolution urging federal officials to pick the Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center in northeastern Ohio as the "preferred site for a future East Coast missile defense system."
Comparable missile defense systems are already in place on the West Coast, and federal officials are considering ground-based interceptors in the eastern part of the country. Camp Ravenna and sites in New York and Michigan are being considered for the project, with a decision possible before the end of the year.
Which made passage SCR 8 before lawmakers recessed for the summer more important.
" Unlike Ohio, Michigan and New York have now hired lobbying firms in Washington to advocate for their states to be chosen as the site for an east coast missile defense site," Sen. Sean O'Brien (D-Bazetta), a primary co-sponsor of the bipartisan resolution, said in a released statement. "It is for this reason that passage of this concurrent resolution is so urgent."
5. Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Kasich signed three bills into law during the week.
HB 28 is the new biennial budget for the state Industrial Commission.
HB 124 addresses a central Ohio levy issue, after elections officials neglected to include a school question on the ballots of all affected voters.
And SB 7 deals with the issuance of civil protection orders.
6. Even More Bills: There were all sorts of other interesting bills introduced over the past couple of weeks that have yet to see lawmaker action.
One, HB 279, would make John Glenn's childhood home in New Concord a state historic site.
Another, HB 280, would "permit a person to wear earplugs for hearing protection while operating a motorcycle."
And HB 295 would "exempt certain disabled veterans from paying a dog registration fee when application in made to the county auditor that includes proof that the dog is an assistance dog."
Expect to hear more about those and other bills in the fall.
7. Audited: State Auditor Dave Yost released a performance audit of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, pinpointing about $500,000 in additional revenues that agency could be collecting annually through office consolidations and rentals.
It was the latest in a series of performance audits conduct under Yost as a way to identify cost savings and ways to make agencies more efficient and effective.
According to a release, "Auditors examined operations at the department's campus in Reynoldsburg, where 12 buildings house offices, laboratories and support operations. Changes in department needs have left it with underused office and lab space. By consolidating office space and renting out the surplus, the agency could generate an estimated $103,314 annually, according to the audit. Doing the same with underused lab space could generate $382,413, auditors estimate. Converting one underused meeting room to office space and renting it out could generate an additional $6,526 in revenue."
8. Natural Gas Study: The American Petroleum Institute of Ohio released a new study spotlighting the benefits of natural gas, with the industry accounting for 188,500 Ohio jobs and $26.7 billion added to the state's economy.
"The continued development and increased use of our state's natural gas resources is essential in providing countless benefits and a better way of life for all Ohioans," Executive Director Chris Zeigler said in a released statement. "Ohio's abundant reserves of clean-burning natural gas have provided consumers and businesses in the state with affordable electricity and workers in the state with well-paying jobs. Additionally, Ohio is experiencing cleaner air due to the increased use of natural gas for power generation. Moving forward, I implore our elected leaders on all levels of government to embrace this energy resource for the continued benefit of every Ohioan."
You'll find a copy of the study online at www.api.org.
9. Holiday Drivers: The Ohio Department of Transportation and AAA projected 1.9 million Ohioans would take to the roads over the holiday to travel more than 50 miles from home.
They urged travelers to buckle up, refrain from drinking while driving and take other precautions to stay safe.
"This increase in traffic means drivers need to be a little more courteous and patient behind the wheel," ODOT Director Jerry Wray said in a released statement. "The best way to avoid frustrating traffic delays is to check the OHGO app before you head out the door. You can see live traffic speeds, traffic cameras, and construction project information on the app. It is a great tool for anyone traveling to and through Ohio."
10. Marsy's Law: County elections officials have until July 25 to check the signatures submitted by backers of Marsy's Law, an effort to amend the state constitution to include increased protections for crime victims.
The deadline for any other groups that want to qualify for the November ballot is Wednesday. Only one other issue, dealing with drug prices, is set to be decided by voters during this year's general election.
Marc Kovac covers the Ohio Statehouse for Gatehouse Media. Contact him at email@example.com or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.