Health care, taxes among issues for Ohio lawmakers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio legislators plan to turn their attention in the new year to tackling drug abuse and discussing additional tax changes.

The significant policy debates of 2013 involving the two-year state budget and a key decision on the Medicaid health program may have offered a warm-up to lawmakers.

This year, Republican leaders are backing a proposal to renew a public works program that funds improvements to roads, bridges and other infrastructure needs. Measures to change the election laws in the perennial battleground state are also pending in both chambers.

Lawmakers will no doubt be weighing the political consequences of their decisions as they assess what proposals will advance in the election year. They return to the Statehouse for voting sessions in mid-January.

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