Ohio senators pass $71.2-billion budget

Ohio Statehouse. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio senators passed a sweeping $71 billion, two-year budget that provides an income tax cut for Ohioans, funds public schools and seeks to change health care policies.

A negotiating panel of lawmakers worked into the wee hours Thursday morning to reach an agreement over differences in the budget. The Senate cleared the finalized bill on a 23-9 vote this afternoon.

The deadline for the governor to sign the bill into law is June 30.

The Republican-dominated conference committee resurrected a regulation for abortion providers that could be problematic for the only remaining abortion clinic in Toledo. It would require that a “local” hospital used for emergency patient transfers from abortion facilities be no farther than 30 miles away.

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