Ohio House panel to reconvene union bill hearings

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The chairman of an Ohio House panel that's considering a hotly contested collective bargaining bill is calling for any proposed changes to the measure to be turned into his office by the end of Monday.

The legislation would restrict the collective bargaining rights of 350,000 public workers. It's passed the Republican-led state Senate but has been in a holding pattern in the GOP-controlled House.

House Labor Chairman Joseph Uecker tells The Associated Press his committee plans to reconvene Tuesday to review the proposed amendments. He says Republican leadership will discuss possible changes to the bill this weekend to ensure any alterations could pass the Senate. That chamber narrowly approved the bill on a 17-16 vote.

House Speaker William Batchelder has said he wants to move the bill before April 5.

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