The Ohio Senate Finance committee approved its version of a $130 billion, two-year budget Tuesday night and the full Senate is expected to vote today.
Tucked inside the big-ticket items that keep the state running are a number of amendments, including one that would require driver’s education programs to include training on the danger of using illegal drugs, prescription medication or alcohol while driving.
Fatal drugged driving vehicle crashes have surpassed those caused by alcohol impairment.
Ohio House Republicans proposed spending an additional $170.6 million to fight the opioid epidemic and the Senate boosted it another $6 million. The state already spends almost $1 billion a year to fight drug abuse and addiction — much of it through expanded Medicaid, but the toll continues to climb.
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