Cliff Rosenberger

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State lawmakers have rolled out a multi-billion dollar budget that will invest in construction and improvement projects ranging from roads to the arts. And leaders believe the bill could be signed by the end of the month. 

The capital budget bill doles out $2.6 billion to support improvement projects, and Republican leaders say it has more money than usual going to rural areas. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says the capital budget is all about making investments in Ohio’s communities.

fracking well

The issue of oil and gas drilling has been one that usually divides state lawmakers along party lines.

But Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, there is one aspect that seems to have consensus among Republican and Democratic leaders. 

The majority and minority leaders of the Ohio House and Senate agree that they shouldn’t raise the so-called severance tax on oil and gas drilling because the market conditions are too tough -- especially with the dropping price of gas.

Sen. Keith Faber

Lawmakers will be coming back to Columbus later this month to pick up some bills left unfinished last year. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler has details on what Statehouse leaders want to work on.

In the Senate

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State lawmakers went home for the holidays after approving bills creating regulations for ride-sharing services, banning questions about criminal convictions on public-sector job applications and restoring a sales tax exemption for rare coins and bullion.

But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports, not included in the list is the controversial bill to defund Planned Parenthood.


There are two versions of the bill to strip $1.7 million from Planned Parenthood.