Updated Wed, Jun 26, 2013 11:40 am
A Republican-dominated legislative panel has passed a slew of changes to Ohio's budget, including a last-minute abortion regulation requiring doctors to provide written notice to pregnant women of a detectable fetal heartbeat.
The six-member conference committee moved the spending bill along party lines Tuesday night. The 4-2 vote sends the finalized budget bill to the floors of both legislative chambers, which are likely to take action Thursday.
Lawmakers face a Sunday deadline to pass the almost $62 billion, two-year spending bill.
One committee change would ban doctors from purposefully performing or inducing an abortion on a pregnant woman before determining the presence of a detectable fetal heartbeat unless there is a medical emergency. It would create criminal penalties for violating the rules.
Education funding and casino rules also saw revisions.