The Latest: Ohio legislature passes firefighter cancer bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on bills moving through the Ohio Legislature in its final 2016 sessions (all times local):

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Ohio lawmakers have passed legislation that could provide more benefits for firefighters who get cancer as a presumed result of their work.

The measure addresses how causes of such cancer are viewed when it comes to getting benefits through workers’ compensation and the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund. Under the bill, when firefighters develop cancer under certain circumstances, it would be presumed to be a result of their occupation. That could help them access more benefits.

The bill’s sponsor has said about three dozen states recognize such a presumption.

Supporters say firefighters are exposed to carcinogens and chemicals and should get the support they need if that exposure leads to cancer.

The House and Senate approved the bill Wednesday, sending it on for Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-siks) consideration.


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Bills that would ban abortions after 20 weeks and permit concealed weapons in more places are up for consideration by the full Ohio House as lawmakers are wrapping up their two-year session.

The House could consider the 20-week abortion ban Thursday. The ban would be added to legislation already on its way to Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That so-called heartbeat bill could give Ohio one of the nation’s most stringent abortion restrictions.

The House also may vote Thursday on legislation to expand Ohio’s concealed-weapons law to allow guns in places such as colleges and day cares and on private aircraft. The bill still permits those places to ban guns if they want. The Senate approved that bill Wednesday night.