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Minor political party bill could spur Ohio lawsuit

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio bill setting requirements on minor political parties hasn't been without its political missteps and dissension.

A piece of the measure was inadvertently cut after the House made a series of last-minute changes to assure its passage. The Senate had been poised to send it to the governor that day, but had to reject the bill so it could be fixed.

A compromise panel plans to meet Tuesday on the differences.

The proposal comes as Republicans who dominate the Legislature face growing competition from tea party supporters who say they may back a third-party challenger to Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) next year.

Opponents of the bill have deemed it the "John Kasich Re-election Protection Act."

The legislation's sponsor refutes the characterization. Kasich says he didn't request the bill.

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