COLUMBUS: The Ohio Senateís leader is ruling out changing voter identification requirements this year in the statehouse but says discussions continue on other election law updates in what pundits have called a crucial battleground state.

Republican Senate President Tom Niehaus says if the Senate acts on an elections bill in the lame-duck session, it would likely only be a narrow measure.

Niehaus said Tuesday that nothing was planned so far and no bill is now pending in a statehouse committee.

Election law proposals sparked partisan rancor in the state Legislature this session.

And Ohioís rules on early voting and provisional ballots have been the subject of recent legal disputes.

Niehaus has appointed a small working group of lawmakers to review whether the law needs to be revamped.

He said that group is still meeting, and there hasnít been a final decision made on any potential changes to voting rules.