COLUMBUS: A spokesman says Ohio's House speaker wants at least three weeks of hearings on the state's collective bargaining bill which would carry the debate into late March.
Republican Gov. John Kasich had said he hoped the legislation would be ready by March 15, when he'll present a larger package to deal with joblessness and poverty and keep major businesses in the state.
The Columbus Dispatch quotes spokesman Mike Dittoe as saying Republican Speaker William Batchelder wants the House to explore the bill in a "thoughtful, deliberative and extensive process." The newspaper reports House committee hearings are expected to begin next week.
The bill that narrowly passed the state Senate on Wednesday would bar all Ohio public workers from striking and limit the bargaining rights of their unions.