Authors: By JULIE CARR SMYTH
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Troopers are in as law enforcers at Ohio's newly privatized state prisons and limits on Planned Parenthood funding are out, as state lawmakers finalize dozens of changes to Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-sihks) sweeping midterm budget bill.
The amendments came Tuesday as the House Finance Committee prepared the policy package for likely House passage Wednesday. The bill goes then to the Ohio Senate.
The committee pulled a controversial proposal that placed health care and abortion provider Planned Parenthood at the back of the line for federal funding.
The panel also voted to maintain language assigning the Ohio State Highway Patrol to protect privately owned prisons, rejecting requests by police groups to remove the measure from the bill.