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Changes proposed for Ohio's political party bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio bill setting requirements on minor political parties could undergo more changes amid political missteps and dissension.

The measure sets the qualifications for groups that want to be recognized as political parties and how they can gain ballot access in the perennial battleground state.

The bill had been poised to clear the Legislature last week. But senators rejected it after a series of House-made changes inadvertently cut a piece of the bill.

A compromise committee met Tuesday to hash out the differences between the House and Senate versions.

A proposal before the joint panel would blend the two versions, and not just restore the dropped piece.

Panel members held off voting on the idea, so they could discuss further it with their caucuses. They planned to meet again Wednesday.

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