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Karen Kasler

The state’s largest teachers union is urging tough scrutiny on a change of status for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. The union says it’s up to the education department to make sure the state isn’t duped by the online charter school.

Columbus, Ohio
Karen Kasler

Democratic Former U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich will be starring in ads and on the campaign trail in support of the drug price ballot question known as Issue 2. But he isn’t the only thing new with the campaign. A new bill will also be coming to specify how the predicted savings from the issue would be used if it passes.

The Ohio Channel

A state senator says at some point enough is enough when it comes to bullying in schools. She’s introducing a bill that would make it possible to file charges against a bully after several warnings.

A proposal geared towards streamlining services for people with disabilities is on its way to the House. The idea is to take several state agencies and consolidate into one entity.

Karen Kasler

Ohio’s opioid crisis is taking the lives of roughly 11 people per day. Recovering drug addicts and people from services that help them gathered on the Statehouse lawn today to draw attention to the problem.

Holocaust Memorial, Ohio Statehouse
Jo Ingles

Just a day before Jews celebrate one of their holiest days, Yom Kippur, a state lawmaker is drawing attention to a resolution he says would attack anti-Semitism on the state’s college campuses. 

Andy Chow

Two sides are battling over an issue on this fall’s ballot that attempts to lower the costs of prescription drugs. As expected big drug companies have landed right in the middle of the fight. But exactly who is funding that side remains a big question mark.

Karen Kasler

State legislative leaders have formed a four-member bipartisan group to work on creating a new way to redraw Ohio’s Congressional district map, which will be redone after the 2020 census. But supporters of an effort already underway to change the map drawing process aren’t backing down.

Statehouse News Bureau

The prosecutor involved in the case of the kidnapping, rape and murder of an Ohio State student in February is pleased with the introduction of legislation named for her. But he thinks changes relating to release and monitoring of accused criminals could have happened sooner.

Karen Kasler

State lawmakers overrode six of Gov. John Kasich’s 47 budget vetoes. But one headline-making veto may survive – the one that stops a plan to ask the federal government to increase the tax on managed care organizations.

Statehouse News Bureau

Democrats say they’ll join a bipartisan group of state lawmakers working on a new way to draw Congressional districts. But they are concerned about the timing.

Andy Chow

There are renewed fears that state lawmakers will freeze Medicaid expansion in Ohio now that latest attempt to overhaul the federal health care law went down. 

Parents of Reagan Tokes, slain Ohio State University student
Karen Kasler

Ohio lawmakers are considering a bipartisan bill that would keep dangerous felons behind bars and increases monitoring of them once they are released. It comes after the kidnapping, rape, and murder of an Ohio State student from northwest Ohio earlier this year.

Andy Chow

Hot off another round of appearances on the national media circle, Gov. John Kasich was back in Ohio again, meeting with a large group of newspaper editors from publications around the U.S. Kasich had a message about the importance of journalism.

Attorney for Preterm, Cleveland
Dan Konik

The Ohio Supreme Court has heard yet another case involving one of the state’s abortion providers. It’s the second one this month. This case revolves around a different issue.

Karen Kasler

Republican state legislative leaders say they’re putting together a bipartisan group to come up with a new way to draw Congressional districts. This comes as a citizens’ group frustrated with inaction on the issue is planning its own proposal to present to voters.

Karen Kasler

State lawmakers want to make it easier for county recorders to change racist and discriminatory language in old housing documents brought to them by a homeowner, an attorney or a title company. Deeds to houses can still reflect blemishes in a neighborhood’s history.

Jo Ingles

The green light has been given to the group that wants to begin collecting signatures to put a proposed constitutional amendment involving so-called puppy mills on the November 2018 ballot. 

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Sen. John McCain of Arizona has announced he'll vote 'no' on the latest Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. He was one of five U.S. Senators targeted in a new ad from a health care consumer organization opposed to the latest Republican health care bill. Ohio's Rob Portman is another.

Ohio Association of Foodbanks
Statehouse News Bureau

For years now, low-income people who visited Ohio’s foodbanks could also get help filling out the paperwork necessary to get health care through the federal Affordable Care Act’s Navigator program. But that’s not going to be the case anymore.

Andy Chow

The state seems to be one step closer to a plan that would make changes to the way the state funds the program that pays benefits to unemployed workers. The next step is getting both labor and business to approve the idea.

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Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown says he’s very concerned about the latest Republican attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which seems to have cautious support from his fellow Senator from Ohio, Republican Rob Portman. 

Karen Kasler

Republican leaders in the legislature are still looking at the possibility of freezing Medicaid expansion, a move the governor’s office says could result in a loss of health coverage for half a million people. 

Iberdrola Renewables

The wind energy industry says Ohio has essentially placed a moratorium on new wind farm projects because of the rules for where turbines can be placed. But there are lawmakers who argue those tougher parameters protect the rights of landowners. 

Ohio Channel.org

Ohio Senators have passed a resolution unanimously supporting the effort to bring a super-high-speed transportation system to connect Columbus with Pittsburgh on the East and Chicago on the West. 

Ohio’s U.S. Senators appear to be split on the latest attempt to repeal and replace the federal Affordable Care Act.  Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown has been against it, but now we know more about how the state’s Republican Sen. feels.

Andy Chow

Young professionals in Ohio are sharing their stories, pleading that Congress pass a law that will save them from deportation. These so-called Dreamers who were brought to the U.S. as children then lost their legal status say America is the only home they know. 

at Ohio Statehouse
Jo Ingles

Opponents of commercial dog breeding facilities known as puppy mills say the state’s current laws don’t protect animals enough. So they are trying to put an issue before Ohio voters to let them decide. 

Andy Chow

A bill is moving through the Ohio House that would let off duty peace officers carry weapons into gun-free zones. It's a bill has the support of police officers.

Andy Chow

The wind energy industry says it can’t create new projects in Ohio, claiming they’re essentially handcuffed by stiff regulations over where turbines can be placed. A new proposal would loosen those restrictions.

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