June 28, 2016

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Batchelder wants Ohio union bill vote next week

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s House speaker says he hopes a bill to limit public workers’ union rights will be voted on next week, suggesting a faster timetable than he’d indicated previously.

Speaker William Batchelder had said he wanted three weeks of hearings on the bill, which has drawn sometimes noisy protests at the Statehouse. Hearings began Tuesday and were to continue Thursday.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Batchelder now says a possible House floor vote next week would come after the equivalent of three weeks’ worth of hearings. He explains that lawmakers are meeting on the bill each day, not stretching out the hearing calendar.

After Batchelder made his comments Wednesday, his spokesman released a statement saying exact timing of a vote has “not yet been solidified.”

The Senate passed the measure last week.