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State lawmakers are coming up on a deadline on whether to change the law on green energy and renewable standards for utilities, or to leave it alone and let those standards go back into effect.

Statehouse News Bureau

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction plans to phase out farming at its ten prisons throughout the state. Some of that food is produced through a partnership with foodbanks.

Jo Ingles

Some Democratic state lawmakers say the state should hold public hearings on potential mergers involving four of the five largest insurance companies in the country.

Jo Ingles

Millions of dollars worth of precious art is on display at the Ohio Statehouse. And some of it is now being put in a highly trafficked area, not protected by glass or barriers.

Jo Ingles

After months of testimony, the Ohio House’s task force studying medical marijuana has made its recommendations. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, a bill will be introduced later this week that would allow a path for medical marijuana use in the Buckeye state.

Andy Chow

A national group says Ohio’s website that keeps track of government spending is one of the best tools for accountability in the country. 

Statehouse News Bureau

Two different bills that would make more campaign finance reports available online are drawing praise from a public watchdog group.

Karen Kasler

Ohio doesn’t have an execution scheduled for nine months, and the state doesn’t have the drugs to carry out that lethal injections. So advocates are seizing the opportunity to lobby lawmakers on abandoning the death penalty entirely. And they came armed with some powerful weapons – people who were sentenced to die but who were freed after the charges against them were dismissed.

Andy Chow

State lawmakers have rolled out a multi-billion dollar budget that will invest in construction and improvement projects from infrastructure to the arts. And leaders believe the bill could be signed by the end of the month. 

The national group gathering signatures for a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana is already planning ahead for the fall ballot by naming its organizational team.

Karen Kasler

Ohio could become the fifth state to create a database of information about Parkinson’s disease.

Andy Chow

The man in charge of Ohio’s workers’ compensation agency is leaving public service for the first time in his 26 year career. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow sat down with Steve Buehrer to talk about his tenure and what he’s learned along the way.

The State of Ohio (Ohio Public Television)

A conservative Republican state lawmaker has introduced a bill he says will modernize campaign finance reporting. It’s the first bill the legislature has seen on campaign finance since the landmark Citizens United Supreme Court case in 2010.

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A second proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio has been given the go-ahead from the state Attorney General to proceed with steps to put the issue on the fall ballot.

Jo Ingles/The State of Ohio- Ohio Public Television

Since he’s running for president, Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State speech yesterday had a feel of special importance. But while he called for accelerated income tax cuts and an end to the current method for congressional redistricting, political pundits who watched the event say don’t expect his performance in Marietta to make a big difference in the presidential race.

Ohiochannel.org

Gov. John Kasich called for more income tax cuts in his State of the State speech in Marietta last night. And he’s also telling Ohio lawmakers he wants them to pass a congressional redistricting plan. Ohio Public Radio’s Andy Chow and Jo Ingles reports. 

Karen Kasler

Ohioans could see a new charge in their electric bills as early as June, now that state regulators have approved plans by FirstEnergy and AEP to guarantee income for struggling coal plants. But opponents of the costs say the fight isn’t over. 

Jo Ingles

Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would give most employees in Ohio up to 12 weeks of paid family leave each year.

Statehouse News Bureau

Gov. John Kasich gives his annual State of the State speech is likely to be a little different this year. When he speaks Wednesday night in Marietta, he will be doing so as a presidential candidate. That could affect what he says, and there will be plenty of people listening.

Jo Ingles

A bipartisan bill being considered by Ohio lawmakers would change the way state agencies can operate when it comes to making policies. It’s a bit technical, but lawmakers say it can be important to Ohio business owners.

Jo Ingles

Some Democratic state lawmakers say 31 communities throughout Ohio don’t have enough local government funding to operate because of state budget cuts in recent years.  They blame Governor Kasich’s tax cuts for making those communities unsafe or unstable.

Karen Kasler

A former Ohio Supreme Court Justice, a Franklin County Commissioner and a Gahanna Local School Board member all came together for one purpose – to testify before an Ohio House task force studying medical marijuana.

Jo Ingles

Hundreds of Ohioans throughout the state have testified for and against medical marijuana at a series of hearings sponsored by the Ohio House.

Karen Kasler

Leaders of the Ohio House are now considering what to do about medical marijuana following seven public hearings on the subject in front of its task force.

Statehouse News Bureau

A group that recently announced it would go to the ballot with a package of ethics reforms for lawmakers – including a pay cut – is now going to court.

Ohiochannel.org

There are two efforts underway to make feminine hygiene products tax-free in Ohio.

Ohio Secretary of State's website

Ohio lawmakers might see a pay cut in their future if a group pushing a proposed constitutional amendment gets its way.

Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio’s Attorney General has certified a petition for a national group that wants to put a medical marijuana plan on the statewide ballot this fall. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles has details.

The State of Ohio (Ohio Public Television)

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled all but one opponents of recently expanded gambling do not have standing to challenge the constitutionality of casino and racino betting in court.

Ohio.org (Ohio Tourism website)

There’s a new multi-million dollar marketing campaign meant to increase tourism in the Buckeye State.

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