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Public Safety Director Collins-Taylor Denied Committee Confirmation

An Ohio Senate committee has recommended against confirmation of the state's top public safety official accused of lying about a decision to cancel a contraband sting at the governor's residence.

The Republican-controlled Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted 5-4 against Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland's appointment of Public Safety Director Cathy Collins-Taylor.

Collins-Taylor testified during a hearing that started Wednesday, defending herself against allegations that political considerations made her call off the sting involving prison inmates working at the residence.