Ohio Senate Approves Budget

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Lawmakers have to pass a final budget by June 30th.
Lawmakers have to pass a final budget by June 30th.

Negotiations between the Ohio House and Senate are the next step for state budget talks after the Senate approved its version of a new spending plan last night after an almost six-hour debate.

House lawmakers later rejected the changes, clearing the way for reconciliation. The Senate measure sends more money to high-performing schools and outlaws abortions at hospitals that get state funding. The House version includes the so-called “Heartbeat Bill,” which would ban abortion after the first medically-detectable heartbeat. Lawmakers have to pass a final budget by June 30th.

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