Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) recently introduced House Bill 153, which would change the date of the presidential primary election from March 8 to March 15 for the 2016 election and would move primaries back one week every four years thereafter. Rep. Dovilla stated that the one-week delay would allow the Republican presidential candidates to focus on Ohio during the primary season and would avoid issues created by new Republican National Committee (RNC) rules that seek to discourage early primaries.
House Bill 153 was voted out of the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, along party lines. The committee adopted an amendment from Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) that would ensure that any candidate petitions that have already been circulated for the 2016 primary won't be invalidated by the change of the date of the primary election. Democrats offered an amendment to shift primary elections every year to May. A motion to table that amendment passed, again along party lines.
House Bill 153 is moving quickly and is scheduled for a vote on the House floor on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The bill is available here.