Ohio lawmakers strike funding cut tied to ballots

JULIE CARR SMYTH AP Statehouse Correspondent Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A committee in the Republican-led Ohio House is removing language from Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) midterm budget bill that would have stripped counties of a portion of their local government funding if they mailed out absentee ballots in violation of state law.

House Finance Chairman Ron Amstutz (AHM'-stuts) announced the reversal Tuesday. It came as the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County council was considering a proposal to assert home rule and mail out the ballots to voters.

The budget amendment was cited in a request for a federal voter suppression investigation made earlier Tuesday by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, a Democratic candidate for governor.

Kasich and Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) also spoke out against the measure and urged fellow Republicans to remove it.