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Dan Konik / Statehouse News Bureau

The two-year state budget passed the Ohio House and is now in the hands of the Senate. But the chair of the Finance Committee says he has some concerns about the amount of spending.

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There’s a fight brewing over a small tax credit cut in the Ohio House version of the two-year state budget.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

May 13, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.
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The Ohio House passed a two-year $69 million state spending plan last week that includes tax cuts and increases in spending for education and children services.

The plan now heads to the Ohio Senate. 

Today on All Sides, the state budget and more on our weekly Reporter Roundtable. 

State Sen. Nicki Antonio (D-Lakewood)
Ohio House

Two Democratic state lawmakers say there’s too much untraceable money in political campaigns, so they want Ohio to do more to fight a U.S. Supreme Court decision on corporate spending on elections. 

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Ohio lawmakers have been considering legalizing sports betting ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that states are allowed to do that. But there are two very different ideas on how to make that happen.

For the third time, a bill that bans abortion from the point a fetal heartbeat is detected has passed the Ohio House and Senate.  But this time will likely be the last for what's been called the "Heartbeat Bill", because Gov. Mike DeWine says he’ll sign it into law. 

This photo taken June 5, 2012, outside the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, shows a large balloon in support of the "Heartbeat Bill."
Ann Sanner / Associated Press

An Ohio House committee has received a new version of the "Heartbeat Bill," an abortion ban that could happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before most women know they're pregnant.

Vape cartridges are on display durIng the CBD Express store grand opening in Salem, Ore.
Timothy J. Gonzalez / Associated Press

CBD oil-infused gummy bears, lattes and other food, drinks and dietary supplements are selling quickly even though the U.S. government says they're illegal and local authorities have forced some retailers to pull products. The confusion has the nation's two largest states, along with Ohio, moving to legalize the cannabis compound that many see as beneficial to their health.

The Ohio Senate has voted unanimously to legalize hemp and related products, including CBD oil.

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David Zalubowski / Associated Press

Ohio lawmakers continue to work behind closed doors on hammering out an agreement over how much to increase the state’s gas tax. The money would go toward the Ohio Department of Transportation's road construction projects, which face a funding shortfall of $1 billion.

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina)
Ohio Senate

As lawmakers are working out differences in their transportation budgets, there’s one thing in the Senate’s version that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with transportation: a change in a tax credit designed for low-income people. It’s being tied to the increase in the gas tax.

Abortion protesters at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that requires remains of some abortions be buried or cremated.

The Republican Senate president is saying the competing transportation budget proposals are closer than they appear as lawmakers go into the final week of negotiations before the deadline to pass a new budget.

Senate Cuts DeWine's Gas Tax Hike Even More

Mar 22, 2019
gas pump
David Zalubowski / Associated Press

The Ohio Senate has approved a transportation budget increasing the state's gas tax by 6 cents a gallon, down from the House's planned increase of 10.7 cents a gallon and just a third of what Republican Gov. Mike DeWine proposed to maintain roads and bridges.

Senators have said they’re going to change the 10.7 cent gas tax increase that the House passed in the transportation budget. Gov. Mike DeWine says that’s too low, and the state needs an 18 cent hike. But one Republican senator has an idea that he says would eliminate the need for a tax increase.

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