Created on Friday, 18 January 2013 Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH,AP Statehouse Correspondent
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to deliver his annual State of the State speech in Lima, taking the address outside the capital city for the second year in a row.
If lawmakers agree, Kasich will deliver the speech at Veterans Memorial Civic Center on Feb. 19.
Lawmakers, Supreme Court justices, Cabinet officials and statewide officeholders would need to make the trip to convene the joint legislative session where it is delivered. Lima is about 100 miles west of Columbus.
Kasich chose the venue to highlight his economic policies. Allen County has seen unemployment fall from 10.8 percent to 6.7 percent since Kasich took office.
Kasich made history last year by taking the speech on the road for the first time in modern memory, to eastern Ohio's Steubenville.