Ohio Senate cites schools, jobs among priorities

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — School safety, workforce development and polling-place access are among the Ohio Senate's legislative priorities alongside the state budget.

Republican Senate President Keith Faber announced the top 10 bills Tuesday.

Proposals include streamlining the state's job-matching services and establishing a revolving-loan fund to help displaced workers with education and job retraining. Another extends unemployment benefits to certain military spouses.

Other bills would require courts to notify law enforcement officers of violent offenders sentenced to mental health treatment rather than incarceration, and ease police access to a missing abducted person's cellphone data.

People with disabilities and journalists would be given broader access to polling places under an election bill.

Hearings starting Tuesday will help identify a combination of firearms and mental health recommendations to be contained in a bill bolstering school safety.

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