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Between the Lines: Speaking with Speaker Batchelder

11:04 AM, Jun 24, 2012   |    comments
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Ohio's legislative leaders have bragged about a productive spring session.

They passed laws dealing with exotic animals, distracted driving, human trafficking, fracking safety, new school reading requirments, racetrack video slots, Cleveland schools and other mid-biennium changes.

House Speaker Bill Batchelder of Ohio played a big role in getting all that done.

Critics say lawmakers should also have passed higher taxes on natural gas drilling, used increasing tax collections to give struggling schools and cities some relief, and passed a tougher law limiting Lake Erie water usage.

What's in the offing in Columbus? Will any of the proposals in Senate Bll 5/Issue 2 be revived? Is there a new spirit of bipartisan cooperation?  What are his views on the Presidential race?

Batchelder discusses these and other subjects with Tom Beres, Channel 3 Political Analyst Mary Anne Sharkey and Plain Dealer columnist Mark Naymik on this edition of Between the Lines.

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