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Ohio House passes $7.1B transportation budget plan

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has passed a proposed two-year state transportation budget that outlines $7.1 billion for state agencies that build highways, fund infrastructure projects and protect public safety.

About two-thirds of that funding would be for the Ohio Department of Transportation. The rest is for the Department of Public Safety, the Public Works Commission and the Development Services Agency.

Republican House Speaker William Batchelder says the budget would provide key funding for projects that help position the state for growth and development.

His office says the measure would allow reimbursement to counties when county utilities are relocated for state transportation projects. Under another provision, drivers with valid out-of-state licenses would no longer need to pass a written test to get an Ohio license.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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