Ohio Committee Tweaks, Passes Midterm Budget Bill

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An Ohio legislative panel has approved a midterm budget bill that would send more money to family and children services and bolster the state's efforts to combat drug abuse.

The Republican-controlled House Finance and Appropriations Committee passed the bill along party lines Tuesday night after making additional changes.

The sweeping bill would adjust campaign finance regulations in the political battleground state. It would eliminate a rule concerning campaign spending by labor organizations, nonprofits and corporations.

A House GOP spokesman says the campaign finance provision targets part of an Ohio rule that prevents corporations and nonprofits from spending on elections for one year after receiving state or federal money issued by the state.

The full House could vote Wednesday afternoon.