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Board decides ballot language of SB5 referendum

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio voters opposed to a new collective bargaining law that limits public employee unions will get to vote "no" at the ballot box this fall, following a decision Wednesday by the state Ballot Board.

 The decision followed hours of negotiation by Secretary of State Jon Husted, the board's Republican chairman. It echoes years of Ohio ballot tradition, but also counts as a victory for the law's opponents. Voters against or confused by an issue tend to vote against it.

 Proponents of the law signed by Gov. John Kasich in late March wanted a "yes" to favor repeal of the controversial Senate Bill 5 and a "no" vote to oppose repeal. They argued the committee fighting the law has spent more than $4 million making clear it is a repeal question.