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Voting laws top the agenda as Ohio's lame-duck session resumes

Voting machines during the 2022 election.
Dan Konik
Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau

With the Thanksgiving break over, a busy lame-duck session continues at the Statehouse this week, with lawmakers set to consider several bills in Ohio House and Senate committees.

Lawmakers are likely to vote on a bill that would limit ballot drop boxes to only three days and only at the 88 county boards of elections offices and shorten the early voting period by a day, and a voter photo ID requirement could be added.

A vote is also expected on a bill that funds improvements in the unemployment compensation system and tighten security and ID requirements, but doesn’t change the way the unemployment system is funded.

And hearings are also set for a Republican-backed bill to take away most education duties from the state school board and putting them with the governor – just after Democrats won three of five state school board seats on this fall’s ballot.

A vote is also possible on a bill to reduce training hours for cosmetologists and barbers, and hearings are set for seven bills dealing with regulations on speed and red light cameras.