Ohio Senate Lays Out Budget Timeline

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Senate has laid out a timeline for action on the next state operating budget that will leave less than two weeks to work out differences with the House.

Senate Finance Chairman Scott Oelslager has set Wednesday as the deadline for proposed amendments to the $71.5 billion, two-year spending blueprint. A revised bill would hit committee June 8, with a Senate floor vote likely June 17.

That leaves an unusually short window for a conference committee to strike a compromise suitable to representatives and Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) before the June 30 deadline. The House has stripped many provisions from Kasich’s budget bill that the Senate is expected to reinsert.

According to legislative records, no budget since 2001 has cleared the Senate later than June 13.