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Husted Sends Drug Price Relief Act To Lawmakers

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Ohio's Secretary of State has approved placing before lawmakers a plan to lower the price of prescription drugs purchased by the state. If lawmakers reject the proposal, it could go before the voters. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

State lawmakers now have four months to pass the Drug Price Relief Act, which would
require state programs pay the same or less for prescription drugs than the federal
department of Veterans Affairs. Ged Kenslea says Secretary of State Jon Husted
stalled for a month, which is time his group might need to gather more signatures to
take the issue to voters.
 
"By chewing up a month and a week, that gives us a compressed amount of time at the
end to collect additional signatures."
 
Joshua Eck with Ohio's Secretary of State disagrees.
 
"Well nothing could be further from the truth. We had a complaint that Ohio laws
were broken in this process."
 
Eck says some signatures were thrown out. Kinslea says the group will still consider
a lawsuit if they run out of time gathering signatures to take the issue to the
ballot.
 

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