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Incoming Senate president doesn't know the direction of the next senate
Keith Faber says it's too soon to tell how incoming senators will want to rule on issues like the heartbeat bill
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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The current president of the Ohio Senate has been harshly criticized by some conservative groups for not doing more to pass some bills they are backing. But a Senator whose track record has been more conservative in the past will soon be taking over as the leader of the Senate. Republican Senate President Elect Keith Faber won't say yet whether his senate will be more conservative than the Senate that will be ending its work in a couple of weeks.

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Faber won't rule out the option that incoming Senators might take up the heartbeat abortion bill next year. That controversial legislation, which would ban abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected, has had strong support among the most conservative members of the general assembly. But current Republican Senate President Tom Niehaus has taken steps to make sure that legislation doesn't come up for a vote before the end of this calendar year.

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