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Dems Say Focus On Abortion Bill Delayed State Budget

Jul 5, 2019

Protesters in Ohio House after approval of the "Heartbeat Bill".
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Ohio is operating on a budget extension since lawmakers failed to pass a new two-year state budget by the constitutionally mandated June 30 deadline.

Some Democrats are questioning whether time that was spent on a controversial abortion law recently put on hold by a federal court could have been used better hammering out details of the state budget. Ohio Public Radio's  Jo Ingles has more.  

Democratic State Representative Richard Brown says Republicans have control over the legislative and executive branch. So, he thinks it’s ridiculous the budget wasn’t passed on time.

 

“This is a deadline that we knew was coming and we were unable to meet it which is frustrating and then we look at how much time was spent on various issues such as the so called “heartbeat bill.”

 

That bill, which was passed into law, has been put on hold by a federal court which ruled it unconstitutional. In a written statement, Gail Crawley, spokesperson for Republican House Speaker Larry Householder, says the House began hearings on its budget before Governor DeWine unveiled his in March. She notes House committees heard 135 hours of testimony from more than 600 witnesses. And, she says the abortion bill, which was debated in a separate committee, had zero impact on the budget bill.