Veteran Ohio lawmaker to chair Senate budget panel

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A veteran lawmaker from North Canton will chair an Ohio Senate panel responsible for managing the development of the next two-year state budget.

Republican Sen. Scott Oelslager (OHL'-slay-gur) has served about 27 years in the Legislature. He was named chairman of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday.

Senate President Keith Faber (FAY'-bur) has created new committees to more closely reflect the complex issues contained in the budget. The General Assembly will spend most of the first half of the year debating Ohio's spending blueprint.

Newly created subcommittees of the Senate Finance Committee will work on topics such as education and Medicaid. Faber has also formed a Workforce and Economic Development Committee, which will be chaired by Republican Sen. Bill Beagle of Tipp City.

Republicans hold 23 of 33 Senate seats.

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