COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Debate on a bill to curtail collective bargaining for Ohio public workers has gotten under way with shouts and laughter from opponents and the House speaker threatening to clear the chamber's balcony.

The Republican-led House was expected to pass the bill Wednesday.

The legislation restricts the collective bargaining rights of more than 350,000 teachers, police officers and other public workers across the state. They could negotiate wages and certain work conditions, but not benefits.

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