New Senate leader puts economy at forefront

JULIE CARR SMYTH AP Statehouse Correspondent Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's new Senate president says extended term limits, changes to the state's political map-drawing process, and tougher abortion restrictions are among issues that could arise in the next two-year legislative session.

Celina Republican Keith Faber (FAY'-bur) made the remarks to reporters during opening day of the state Legislature on Monday.

Faber said the fate of certain hot-button issues will depend on his GOP colleagues, who hold 23 of 33 seats in the chamber. He said jobs and the economy will remain the priority.

Faber said his caucus has "significant interest" in seeing Senate-proposed redistricting changes debated and finalized this session.

He also said he's working with Senate Democratic Leader Eric Kearney to identify at least five bipartisan priority bills.

Faber said appointments to newly structured committees will come Wednesday.