- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Two former Ohio House aides say they’re launching a Columbus-based lobbying and campaign consulting firm with the help - and the name - of their old boss: recently retired Speaker William Batchelder.

Co-founders Troy Judy and Chad Hawley launched The Batchelder Company on Friday, less than 10 days after Batchelder retired due to term limits. They said Batchelder, a Medina (meh-DY’-nuh) Republican, is joining the firm in the advisory role of chairman emeritus.

Ohio’s legislative watchdog, Tony Bledsoe, said Batchelder and the two aides are free to do business with the Legislature on most matters. A one-year revolving-door prohibition on lobbying by former lawmakers was tossed as unconstitutional in 2010.

Judy was Batchelder’s chief of staff and later House Republicans’ political director. Hawley worked primarily as House policy director.

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