Ohio Senate Committee Votes Against Public Safety Director's Confirmation

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An Ohio Senate committee on Thursday voted 5-4 against confirming Public Safety Director Cathy Collins-Taylor.  
     
The committee has recommended against confirmation of the state's top public safety official accused of lying about a decision to cancel a contraband sting at the Governor's Residence.

Proceedings grew heated during Thursday's session of the Republican-controlled Senate Criminal Justice Committee, 10TV's Paul Aker reported. 
     

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Democratic state Sen. Shirley Smith left the hearing after Committee Chairman Tim Grendell limited her questions to a State Highway patrol official.
     
Collins-Taylor was appointed by Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland.

Collins-Taylor testified late into the night Wednesday, defending herself against allegations she called off a sting at the Governor's Residence for political considerations.

The recommendation now goes to the entire state senate.
     
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Previous Stories:

 May 20, 2010: Collins-Taylor Says She Had No Motive To Lie About Sting
May 19, 2010: Public Safety Director 'Offended' By Report Into Canceled Sting
May 14, 2010: Subpoenas Out, Confirmation Hearings Will Focus On Whether Public Safety Director Lied
May 13, 2010: Bill Introduced To Review Prisoner Work Program
May 11, 2010: Safety Director Denied Aborting Sting, Recordings Show
May 5, 2010: Strickland Asked To Suspend Inmate Program Where He Lives
April 29, 2010: Report: 'Political Embarrassment' Key Factor In Canceled Sting
April 28, 2010:  'No Holds Barred' Report Expected About Gov. Residence Incident
March 24, 2010:  Senate Hearings Continue On Canceled Drug Sting At Gov's Residence
March 22, 2010: Canceled Hearings On Drug Sting Will Continue
March 17, 2010: E-Mails Show Drug Sting May Have Been Stopped For Political Reasons
February 24, 2010: Cover Up Allegations Follow Canceled Drug Sting
February 23, 2010:  Concerns Linger About Alcohol, Inmates Inside Governor's Residence
February 17, 2010:  10 Investigates' Probe Prompts Senate Hearing
February 2, 2010:   Patrol Changes Investigation Involving Major 
February 1, 2010:   Ex-Colonel Wants Investigation Into Alleged Gov. Residence Plot
January 29, 2010:   Ohio Highway Patrol Official Ousted Over Alleged Gov. Residence Plot
January 28, 2010:   Strickland Confident How Patrol Handled Sting Outside His Mansion
January 27, 2010:   Woman At Center Of Alleged Drug Deal Governor's Mansion Explains Ordeal
January 26, 2010:   Patrol Tips Off Woman Suspected In Drug Deal At Governor's Mansion