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PoliticsOhio: Productive Year For GOP In 2011

Dec 30, 2011

Emily McCord speaks to Bill Cohen from the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau. Cohen wraps-up the year in politics, calling the GOP governor and legislature one of the most productive in years. He highlights the big political stories of 2011 and what it may mean for the year ahead.

Republican leaders of the Ohio legislature hint they might come back soon and try to pass parts of Senate Bill 5. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, Democrats in the Ohio Senate are sponsoring a bill that they say would prevent that from happening.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio voters opposed to a new collective bargaining law that limits public employee unions will get to vote "no" at the ballot box this fall, following a decision Wednesday by the state Ballot Board.

 The decision followed hours of negotiation by Secretary of State Jon Husted, the board's Republican chairman. It echoes years of Ohio ballot tradition, but also counts as a victory for the law's opponents. Voters against or confused by an issue tend to vote against it.

In this week's PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler. Senate Bill 5 has passed the senate and will move onto the house. Kasler tells McCord that not every Republican was ready to pass the bill. Also, Kasler previews Governor Kasich's State of the State speech next week.

Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen in this weeks "PoliticsOhio". Cohen describes the scene at the statehouse this week as workers came out to hear the details of the GOP-proposed Senate Bill 5. He explains what those changes would mean for labor unions and government workers if the bill passes. *Theme music by BJSR


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