Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A nearly $10 billion transportation budget bill has been delayed as state lawmakers make a change regarding extended health insurance for unemployed workers.
Legislators had planned to vote on the bill Tuesday and give it to Gov. Ted Strickland for his signature. Instead, they will reconvene Wednesday to require that federally subsidized health insurance benefits for unemployed workers take effect immediately upon Strickland's approval.
Benefits wouldn't have been available for 90 days in the compromise bill the legislature planned to vote on Tuesday because lawmakers drafting it had initially thought they wouldn't have enough Republican votes to get the measure passed.
Strickland's spokeswoman says a Wednesday bill signing would enable spending on projects to begin by the fiscal year on July 1.
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