Anti-abortion bills, medical pot on Ohio lawmakers’ agenda

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ With a two-year state budget behind them, Ohio lawmakers are expected to take up other hefty policy debates in the new year.

The General Assembly plans to return to the Statehouse in mid- to late January for the last half of its legislative session.

Topics on their to-do list include new regulations for providers disposing of aborted fetuses and legislation to divert public money away from Planned Parenthood.

Leaders also want to examine potential action on medical marijuana and review Ohio’s boards and commissions that regulate cosmetology, medicine and other industries after the U.S. Supreme Court said some panels could be violating antitrust laws.

State lawmakers will no doubt be weighing the potential political impact of their actions as they decide what proposals to advance in the election year.