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Investor behind marijuana plan
Jo Ingles

Some of the people who brought a marijuana legalization plan to the ballot two years ago want to try to put a different one before voters next year. 

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A state lawmaker says the way bail is set for people who are arrested can sometimes be a backwards process. He proposes a way to overhaul the system and base it off of risk rather than money.

ResponsibleOhio backer
Jo Ingles

Another issue to legalize marijuana might be heading to the Ohio ballot next year. The effort will be announced Monday.

Ohio Supreme Court

As expected, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill has submitted his resignation. But it’s not effective immediately.

Ohio Supreme Court

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill says he intends to resign from the bench to run for governor.  As Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports, O’Neill says he’ll make his resignation from the court formal tomorrow morning.

Andy Chow

The state has awarded nearly $10 million for several research and development projects that aim to stem opioid addiction, part of the $20 million Gov. John Kasich said he wanted to set aside for high-tech solutions to the epidemic. This could be the first step in changing the face of the fight.

Ohio Supreme Court

After saying he'd leave the race for the Democratic nomination for governor if Richard Cordray runs, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill now says he's staying in the race.

Karen Kasler

State tax revenue came in very close to estimates in November. That’s the second month in a row that forecasts have nearly right on target.

Statehouse News Bureau

State Auditor Dave Yost says questions about past drug convictions of a consultant who played a key role in Ohio’s new medical marijuana program, set to begin operation in September, need to be addressed now. And he says it’s time for an investigation.

Andy Chow

A controversial bill that intends to shore up the fund the state uses to pay unemployment benefits might be moving forward soon. The bill’s sponsor says he's trying to thread the needle between what labor and business groups want.

Kabir Bhatia

The entry of Richard Cordray into the Democratic primary for governor raises questions about what Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill will do now. O’Neill, who last month came under fire for his controversial Facebook posts outlining his personal sex life, is waiting to see what Cordray does before deciding on whether to run. 

One of the lawmakers who sat on the state panel that approved the state’s medical marijuana program wants to put it on hold until questions about it can be answered. 

Dan Konik

In a move that surprised virtually no political watcher, former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief Richard Cordray has announced his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor. 

Dan Konik

House Republicans are taking another shot at denying workers’ compensation for undocumented immigrants. The fight now goes to the Senate.

Andy Chow

An issue that some believe will reignite the wind energy industry is getting a new wave of support. A previous version of the bill stalled after the resignation of a senator. 

Dan Konik

A long-awaited announcement from a potential Democratic candidate for governor is happening tomorrow. Former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Chief Richard Cordray has scheduled an event to talk to reporters near Columbus.

Andy Chow

After months of sitting in limbo, a House bill to crackdown on skyrocketing payday lending interest loans might see some movement. The next step is to evaluate the lasting outcomes.

Karen Kasler

The teaming up of Mike DeWine and Jon Husted to run as governor and lieutenant governor has not deterred the other two GOP candidates, Mary Taylor and Jim Renacci. The top ranking Democrat in Ohio is now sharing what he thinks about the race now. 

Jo Ingles

One of the principal backers of the failed 2015 ballot issue to legalize marijuana is threatening legal action against the state's medical pot program. 

Jo Ingles

Recent resignations at the Statehouse over inappropriate behavior are on the radar of some who say some of those incidents need to be investigated. 

Karen Kasler

Two of the four Republicans running in the party’s gubernatorial primary next spring have teamed up. Attorney General Mike DeWine will run for governor with Secretary of State Jon Husted as his running mate. How that affects the primary going forward?

Andy Chow

Opponents are reacting to the announcement of Mike DeWine and Jon Husted, two Ohio political heavyweights, joining forces as a gubernatorial ticket. Republican candidate Mary Taylor was asked if she might be picking a running mate soon.

Dan Konik

As lawmakers are winding down their legislative work for the end of the year, different associations and industries are trying to get their foot in the door on policies that can be addressed starting in January. That includes the tech sector.

Statehouse News Bureau

The state has chosen the 12 companies that will be given licenses to operate large-scale medical marijuana growing farms.

Daniel Konik

A bill to legalize fantasy sports gaming in Ohio will soon be on its way to Gov. John Kasich after passing the Senate by a big margin.

Karen Kasler

A bipartisan bill that would crack down on Ohio’s 650 payday lenders has received its first hearing in the House. 

with Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger
Jo Ingles

Most Ohioans know Brutus Buckeye when they see him but there are many other mascots at Ohio colleges that are not so well known. Some of the lesser known ones were part of “mascot day” at the Statehouse.

Andy Chow

The top leader in the Ohio House is speaking out about the resignation of former Representative Wes Goodman who allegedly sexually assaulted a teenager.  The speaker says he never heard about the accusation.

Jo Ingles

The Thanksgiving holiday was deadly on the state’s roads. Fatal traffic crashes were up by nearly 78% from the past two years.

Statehouse News Bureau

Republicans in the Ohio Senate are regrouping after allegations of sexual harassment forced a high ranking member to resign. That senator’s absence leaves several issues on the table.

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