Several hundred people gathered Tuesday night in east Columbus to protest a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
Ohio Lawmakers Strike Funding Cut Tied To Ballots
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A committee in the Republican-led Ohio House is removing language from Gov. John Kasich’s midterm budget bill that would have stripped counties of a portion of their local government funding if they mailed out absentee ballots in violation of state law.
House Finance Chairman Ron Amstutz announced the reversal Tuesday. It came as the Cuyahoga County council was considering a proposal to assert home rule and mail out the ballots to voters.
The budget amendment was cited in a request for a federal voter suppression investigation made earlier Tuesday by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, a Democratic candidate for governor.
Kasich and Secretary of State Jon Husted also spoke out against the measure and urged fellow Republicans to remove it.