Top Ohio House Democratic, GOP leaders unveil priority bills


COLUMBUS (AP) — A proposed House bill would make it easier for Ohioans to seal low-level nonviolent and non-sexual offenses to help them move forward with their lives.

The legislation announced Tuesday by House Speaker Larry Householder and Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs are among a series of bipartisan priorities in the House.

A second proposal would create a loan repayment program to help recruit and retain attorneys who want to become public defenders.

Another proposal would make it easier to transfer credits from one public high school to another and help students who have left school to determine eligibility for an associate’s degree or job training certificate.

Lawmakers also proposed creating the Ohio Children’s Behavioral Health Network to improve the mental health of children and young adults, and reduce suicides.