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Ohio Lawmakers Plan Committee Hearings

Most of the action this week is set for legislative committees, not for actual floor votes in the House and Senate. A new proposed $55 billion state budget, already OK'd in the House, is set for four hearings in the Senate finance committee. A proposal to license and limit so-called skilled games is set for its first hearing in the House State Government Committee. Some lawmakers think thousands of these electronic games that have popped up across the state involve virtually no skill and are actually slot machines in disguise. A proposal to send fewer non-violent criminals to state prisons and let some current, well-behaved inmates out early is set for a hearing in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. Backers and critics are set to testify. The House of Representatives has already approved the measure, saying that alleviating prison overcrowding, cutting costs and cutting the recidivism rate.