Ohio's political party bill could see more changes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio bill setting requirements on minor political parties could undergo more changes as a legislative committee tries to reach a compromise.

The measure sets the qualifications for groups that want to be recognized as political parties and how they can gain ballot access in the perennial battleground state.

The bill had been poised to clear the Legislature last week. But senators rejected it after a series of House-made changes inadvertently cut a piece of the bill.

Now the measure's sponsor wants a joint conference committee not only to restore the dropped piece, but also to consider blending the separate versions passed by the House and Senate.

The House-passed measure had softened the requirements the Senate had approved.

Should the panel reach an agreement, the two chambers could vote Wednesday.