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Ohio House to vote on $61.5B, 2-year state budget

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House is poised to vote on a two-year state budget that rewrites Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) proposals for funding schools and overhauling the state tax code.

The $61.5 billion spending blueprint also drops the Republican governor's plans to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law.

A GOP-dominated House committee passed the budget along party lines on Tuesday. The Senate will take up the proposal after the House.

The House Finance and Appropriations Committee added a provision to the budget to ban teachers from distributing contraceptives on school property and require them to endorse abstinence as the only way to remove all risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

The budget bill contains a 7 percent permanent income-tax reduction, while excluding Kasich's proposed small-business tax cut.

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