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Ohio Senate Strips PTSD, Immigration From BWC Budget

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The Ohio Senate has passed a 645 million dollar budget for the Bureau of Workers' Compensation, after stripping out sections added by the House on first responders and immigration.  

Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

The Senate cut a House provision that would allow first responders to file claims for post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD without having to show physical injuries. Senate President Larry Obhof says with both the BWC budget and the two-year operating budget needing to be signed by Sunday, Senators went back to Governor Mike DeWine’s original BWC proposal.

“With as many different moving parts on policy as there were on this bill, we decided as a chamber that it just made more sense to take that out and do the budget portion of it.”

The Senate also eliminated a House provision requiring injured employees to declare their immigration and citizenship status – though its sponsor had said undocumented workers could still qualify for benefits.  

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