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Ohio Senators Want Alternatives to E-Check

Two Republican state senators are pushing back on a plan by Governor Strickland to extend car emissions tests in northeast Ohio.

The Democratic governor has proposed extending E-Check tests through 2009 in his budget proposal. The program had been scheduled to end in December.

But senators Tim Grendell of Chesterland and Kevin Coughlin of Cuyahoga Falls argue the tests do little to address the state's air quality problems and inconvenience thousands of motorists in the Cleveland and Akron areas where they are required.

The pair say they hope to work with Strickland to negotiate alternatives for meeting clean air standards, such as buying back polluting cars built before 1996 and reformulating fuel standards.