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House panel OKs bill on algae, basic phone service

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COLUMBUS (AP) — Lame duck legislation that addresses both Ohio’s toxic algae problem and the future of basic telephone service in the state has moved a step closer to becoming law.

The Ohio House Agriculture & Natural Resources committee approved the sweeping bill Monday.

That was after making a number of changes — including to address algae blooms that have cropped up in Ohio waters, especially Lake Erie.

The measure was amended to prohibit the spreading of agricultural manure on frozen ground in most instances; to increase monitoring requirements at public wastewater-treatment plants; and to further regulate dumping of dredged materials into Lake Erie.

Telecommunications provisions were changed to add certain remedies for consumers whose basic land-line service is terminated by a telecommunications provider, especially where no alternative is available.


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