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Ohio's budget takes center stage during this upcoming legislative week
Lawmakers will also consider two dozen proposals covering topics ranging from traffic camerass to drug addicts
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT BILL COHEN


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About two dozen proposals for new state laws are under consideration this week by Ohio legislators.

Among the topics are traffic cameras and drug addicts. But as Statehouse Correspondent Bill Cohen reports, one other issue will again take center stage— a proposed two-year state budget.

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A 7-percent cut in the state income tax but no expansion of Medicaid to cover an extra 275,000 low-income Ohioans

Those are two controversial issues swirling around the latest version of a budget package that majority Republicans are backing in the Ohio House. G.O.P leaders are planning for a floor vote this week on the measure.

But even before that vote by the full House, the Senate has set committee hearings on the budget to give that chamber some extra time to consider the document that runs more than 4,000 pages.  

Meanwhile, in other House and Senate committees, hearings are set on other issues. There’s a bill that will bar cities, counties and townships from using traffic cameras to spot motorists who speed or run red lights. There’s a bill allowing local groups to set up syringe exchange programs so drug abusers could get clean needles and avoid spreading disease. And there’s a proposal that would require sex offenders to pay an extra $100 fee so rape crisis centers can get extra funding. 

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