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Preview of upcoming week in Ohio Legislation
Many bills are coming across legislation, in its final weeks, that may or may not be passd. 

Bill Cohen
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
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This is the next-to-last week in the Ohio Legislature’s two-year session. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports on some of the final bills likely to be approved, plus some others that are likely to die.

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Tweaking the way Ohio schools are graded on annual report cards -- that's the thrust of one bill legislators hope to wrap up on.

Also, a bill making changes in the way Ohio banks are taxed. Ohio's Attorney General is hoping for action on a couple fronts. One bill will outlaw synthetic, hallucinogenic drugs, even if chemists keep changing their specific make up.

Another proposal would either ban those sweepstakes store fronts that have popped up or at least regulate and tax them.

In a senate committee this week, hearings were said on four bills from minority democrats to more tightly regulate oil and gas drilling, especially when it uses horizontal fracking. But, majority republicans are expected to let those bills die after just simply letting the sponsor testify. 

Also, facing a time crunch and probable demise is a republican proposal. It says if you apply for public assistance or food stamps, you better pass a drug test. 

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