The state Office of Budget and Management placed the latest surplus at nearly $800 million.
Supporters will try to get the issue on the 2015 ballot.
The organization also wants the judge to restore Ohio’s “golden week,” the former period of time that allowed people to register and cast ballots the same day.
Two Democrats seeking statewide office, said the decision will hurt women seeking essential medical services.
Environmental and other groups had urged the governor to veto the legislation
The governor signed the executive order Monday.
House Bill 289 focused on JEDZs, which were created nearly two decades ago as a means of encouraging cooperation among local governments and supporting economic development.
District was placed under fiscal emergency a year ago
The bill next heads to the Ohio House, where debate will continue on the prudence of the state’s energy standards.
More Republicans cast ballots for Gov. John Kasich than Democrats for Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and challenger Larry Ealy combined.