- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Republicans who control the Ohio Legislature announced a slew of legislative priorities Wednesday as Gov. John Kasich prepares to release his two-year budget next week. A look at some of the plans of the House and Senate GOP caucuses:

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HOUSE REPUBLICAN PRIORITES

- Cut a filing fee for new businesses to $99 from the current $125.

- Seek ways to improve the economic development program “OhioMeansJobs.”



- Establish additional protocols for naloxone, a drug overdose antidote.

- Create a $100 million workforce grant program aimed at students seeking careers in nursing, manufacturing and other “in-demand” jobs identified by the state.

- Strengthen accountability and oversight of charter schools.

- Reduce infant mortality.

- Address Ohio’s water quality issues after taking hearings on the road.

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SENATE REPUBLICAN PRIORITIES

- Urge public universities and colleges to reduce students’ costs by 5 percent over the two-year budget period.

- Call for a drug prison to treat addicted inmates.

- Reduce infant mortality.

- Increase the 20-year statute of limitations for prosecuting rape cases.

- Address Ohio’s water quality issues, with the goal of passing a Senate bill in February.

- Examine the time students spend taking and practicing state and district tests during the school year.

- Create an independent commission to decide pay levels for elected public officials.

- Regulate charter schools.

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Source: Ohio House and Senate GOP caucuses.

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