The State Senate is scheduled take on the budget bill next week and our sister site,, has the schedule and a whole lot more. Here’s an overview of the key events:

* Proposed amendments to the bill were due Thursday

* A substitute bill will be released in Senate Finance at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday

* Senate Finance Committee will invite public testimony at hearings next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, June 1-3

* The bill will be voted out of Committee on Tuesday, June 7

* Vote of full Senate on Wednesday, June 8 or Thursday, June 9

* After it passes the Senate, expect the bill to go to a Conference Committee where the House & Senate will work out their differences

Check out Ohio Budget Watch for predictions and ongoing updates (like the fact that 1,600 amendments were drafted so far for the budget!)

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