UPDATE: Ohio House Debates Budget Bill

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 4/9/14 @ 4:06 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio House has begun debate on nine bills containing Gov. John Kasich's midterm budget proposals on taxes, higher education, veterans, workforce development and a host of other issues.

All nine were scheduled for votes in the Republican-controlled Ohio House on Wednesday, ahead of legislators' spring break. Approved bills head next to the state Senate.

The most sweeping of the measures would send more money to family and children services and bolster efforts to combat drug abuse. It also would change campaign finance regulations in the political battleground state to lift a disclosure requirement applied to independent political expenditures and loosen political-giving restrictions on state contractors.

An amendment that would have allowed chiropractors to return young athletes to play after they suffer concussions was removed on the floor.



UPDATE 4/8/14 @ 2:30 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A labor organization in Ohio is questioning a change made to a state budget bill that clarifies that college athletes are not employees under state law.

The move by a House committee comes after last month's landmark decision by a National Labor Relations Board official involving the Northwestern University football team.

The ruling says full scholarship players can be considered employees and thus can form a union. If the ruling holds up, it could have widespread repercussions in the multibillion-dollar college sports industry.

Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga accuses Republicans who control Ohio's House of trying to "engineer punitive proposals."

Committee Chairman Ron Amstutz has said the change could have little effect. But he says if it comes up, it will be in the law.

The bill is on track for a committee vote Tuesday.



UPDATE 4/8/14 @ 9:30 a.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio legislative panel is set to consider more changes to a midterm budget bill that is on track for a House vote this week.

The House Finance and Appropriations Committee amended the sweeping proposal Monday to clarify that college athletes are not considered employees under state law.

The move comes after a decision last month by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board involving the Northwestern University football team.

The ruling said that full scholarship players can be considered employees and thus have the right to form a union.

The amendment was among dozens made to the bill.

The Republican-dominated committee removed a provision to require electronic registration for unemployment compensation benefits, and it sought to penalize counties who don't follow state procedures for providing absentee ballots.



ORIGINAL STORY 4/7/14 @ 5:25 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio legislative panel has changed a budget bill to make clear that college athletes are not employees under state law.

The move comes after a decision last month by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board involving the Northwestern football team. The ruling said that full scholarship players can be considered employees and thus have the right to form a union.

The Ohio House Finance and Appropriations Committee amended a sweeping budget proposal on Monday to clarify that college athletes are not considered employees.

Chairman Ron Amstutz told reporters the change could have little effect. But he says if it comes up, it will be in the law.

The amendment was among dozens made to the bill, which is on track for a committee vote Tuesday.


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