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Lawmakers Begin New Session, Prep For Next State Budget

Monday, January 7, 2013 at 5:25 PM

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State lawmakers started their new two-year session at the Capitol today. Statehouse correspondents Karen Kasler has this wrap up of Day One in the House.

It’s going to be a busy year in the House, says Republican Speaker Bill Batchelder, with bills relating to job creation and education – and with Gov. John Kasich gearing up for a re-election campaign in 2014.

Batchelder: “Last time around, he was very much involved in preparation of bills and so forth. I don’t expect that to change.”

Kasler: “But you don’t necessarily see him involved in bills, for example, relating to the Heartbeat Bill.”

Batchelder: “Well, I don’t, I never talked to him about it.”

Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, Minority Leader Armond Budish is worried about another batch of controversial bills.

Budish: “Talking about things like the Heartbeat Bill, talking about things like a dozen anti-choice bills, attacks on voting rights, attacks on workers’ rights - we don’t need that.”

One of the first major issues ahead for lawmakers is the state budget, with details expected sometimes next month.

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