Ohio House to vote on moving State of the State

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio House votes Wednesday on whether to move the 2013 State of the State speech out of the capital for the second year in a row.

Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has asked to give this year's speech in Lima (LY'-muh), a rebounding Rust Belt city in northwest Ohio. The address would take place the evening of Feb. 19 at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.

In 2012, Kasich became the first governor in modern memory to take the year's big policy speech outside the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. He chose the blue-collar Ohio River city of Steubenville.

Some officials weren't able to attend and others complained of added costs.

Some Democrats complain that extending the practice flouts a longstanding tradition of Statehouse addresses they are bound to uphold.