Ohio Lawmakers Fail to Agree on Plan to Proect Great Lakes

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A plan to remove Ohio as the last roadblock to finishing an agreement among the Great Lakes states to protect their water has run into a barrier – again.

The Ohio House on Thursday fell short of passing a plan to ask voters to approve protections for property owners regarding the use of water on their land. The Senate feels the protections are crucial to joining the other states and two Canadian provinces in a pact to try to keep arid states from siphoning water from the lakes.

After the deal fell apart in the House, the Senate in turned refused to consider a bill authorizing Ohio to join the coalition. The House has twice in the last four years voted to OK the deal, only to see it fail in the Senate. Lawmakers left open the possibility of another vote on June 10.

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