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Lawmakers Consider Election, Nicotine Bill This Week

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The Ohio General Assembly is slated to discuss bills that could give money back to businesses. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow has more on legislators plan to tackle this week.

Monday, February 10, 2014 at 8:30 am

On Tuesday a Senate committee is scheduled to hold a hearing for a bill that would ban minors from buying or using alternative nicotine products. The bill’s sponsor, Republican State Rep. Stephanie Kunze of Hilliard, says she created this bill in order to take new products like e-cigarettes out of the hands of minors.

Companion bills are in the House and Senate that would require the state to notify Ohio businesses if they overpaid on their taxes. Current law says businesses can get that overpaid money back, but only by request and within a certain time period.

And there are two election-related bills scheduled for a vote a House committee that could move to the full chamber. One piece of legislation would shorten the absentee voting period by a week. The other would allow the Secretary of State to send unsolicited absentee ballot applications to every registered voter for a general election, as long as the General Assembly approves the funding.

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