Senate set to revise SB 5 amid protests

COLUMBUS (AP) — Demonstrators gathered on the Ohio Statehouse lawn for the third week in a row in an effort to stop legislation that would abolish most collective-bargaining rights for more than 350,000 public workers.

A state Senate panel plans to revise and vote on the bill later today.

Senate Democratic and GOP leaders agreed to a 72-person limit on people attending the hearing. Vouchers for members of the public were to be handed out on a first-come basis.

Democrats and union leaders hoped to rally thousands of state workers, teachers, safety forces and other public employees they say would be hurt by the measure.

Lawmakers planned to alter the bill to allow unions to negotiate on wages only and add a prohibition on public-employee strikes.

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