COLUMBUS -- If the federal government shutdown drags on funding for the Women, Infant, and Children program (WIC) could be impacted.
But Ohio state lawmakers have introduced a bill to make sure that doesn't happen.
Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) and Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) along with 10 bill co-sponsors have introduced legislation that would authorize the state to temporarily fund the program.
Lawmakers formally introduced the bill, now known as H.B. 291 today.
More than 260,000 women and children are served by the WIC program each year.
The proposal could authorize Governor John Kasich to disburse Budget Surplus Funds to the Ohio Department of Health to prop up the WIC program. The legislation would only take effect if the shutdown leads to a funding loss for ODH. The bill authorizes up to $25 million in state funding be directed to WIC.
The following lawmakers are co-sponsors of the bill: Representatives Foley, Barborak, Antonio, Driehaus, Sheehy, Hagan, R., Strahorn, Reece, Williams, Stebelton