Tough week ahead for local lawmakers

By JACK PALMER Staff Writer Published:

As vice chairman of the Ohio House finance committee, Jim Hoops has already endured several lengthy meetings this year which did not break up until after 4 a.m. This week, his duties may be even more time consuming. Hoops, R-Napoleon, is one of six state legislators serving on the joint House-Senate conference committee charged with the responsibility of finding common ground among the two-year budgets proposed by Gov. Bob Taft, the House and the Senate.