COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio legislative panel has approved a budget proposal saying college athletes are not employees under state law.
The proposal comes after last month's landmark decision by a National Labor Relations Board official involving the Northwestern University football team.
The NLRB ruling says full scholarship players can be considered employees and thus can form a union. If the ruling holds up, it could have widespread repercussions in the multibillion-dollar college sports industry.
Supporters say the bill approved Tuesday clarifies Ohio law. House Finance and Appropriations Committee Chairman Ron Amstutz says the change could have little effect but if the employment issue comes up, it will be in state law.
The Ohio AFL-CIO accused majority Republicans of trying to "engineer punitive proposals."
The full House could vote Wednesday afternoon.
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