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Jo Ingles

Democrats have both a presidential primary and a contest for the party’s nomination for US Senate on the March 15 ballot – and they used the first day of early, in person voting to promote those primaries.

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Residents in many cities throughout Ohio are clearing their sidewalks to comply with local laws. Some Statehouse lawmakers have a bill that would allow townships to make laws to also require sidewalks to be shoveled.

Statehouse News Bureau

Gov. John Kasich signed a few bills over the weekend but not the controversial one that would defund Planned Parenthood.

Ohio Statehouse

There have been eight presidents from Ohio, seven of whom were born here. A Cleveland area attorney says it’s time the Buckeye State have a Presidential Center to celebrate them.

Ohio Secretary of State's Office

Voters approved a change in the way the maps for state lawmakers’ districts are drawn last month, sparking calls for a similar change to the maps for members of Congress. While Democrats are united in that push, there’s an apparent split among Republican leaders who could make it happen.

Ohio Legislature

The Ohio Senate passed a bill this week that would grant immunity to anyone who forcibly enters a car to rescue a dog or a child. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles explains.

Andy Chow

It’s not often that the four Republican executive officeholders are together in one room – especially when all of them are expected to run for other offices when their terms end in 2018.

CNN

Gov. John Kasich is hitting the campaign trail hard after a second place finish in New Hampshire. Ohio lawmakers talked about how the presidential campaign might be impacting things on their end.

Andy Chow

The issue of oil and gas drilling has been one that usually divides state lawmakers along party lines. But there is one aspect that seems to have consensus with Republican and Democratic leaders.

Karen Kasler

The four top elected officeholders in Ohio took questions together today at an annual event with reporters. And they were asked whether they support legislation for medical marijuana.

Jo Ingles

The controversial bill that would change the way fetal remains are handled in Ohio needs some clarification, according to a conservative group.

Statehouse News Bureau

There was an outburst in the Ohio House after it voted 59-32 to pass a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. The bill now awaits Governor Kasich’s signature.

Jo Ingles

A lot of questions are being raised about two bills in the Ohio Legislature that deal with the disposal of aborted fetal remains.

A new study is providing more ammunition for opponents against the so-called coal plant bailout proposed by two electric utilities. 

"Chicago Tonight", WTTW

The current state treasurer is releasing the results of an independent investigation he ordered into activities by a top aide of the former state treasurer.

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Gov. John Kasich hosted his 100th town hall in New Hampshire Friday – just days before the first-in-the-nation primary there on Tuesday.

Opponents of the so-called coal plant bailout proposed by two electric utilities are taking a big swing at the plan through a media blitz. 

Brian Bull, WCPN/ideastream

State lawmakers could vote this month on a bill that would ban cities from requiring contractors to hire a certain number of local workers for big construction projects.

The Ohio Channel

There’s a bill in the legislature that would change the way police dogs are treated when their human partners retire from duty.

Jo Ingles

Ohio lawmakers will now have a plan before them that would lower the price on prescription drugs purchased by the state. And if lawmakers don’t pass it, Ohio voters could have the opportunity.

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Two brands of handguns can look virtually identical side-by-side but there’s a big difference: one fires bullets and the other fires BB’s. Lawmakers say this can cause confusion and tragic results.

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The Secretary of State may soon have a decision on a proposal to cap the price Ohio pays for drugs it buys for Medicaid, prisons and other state-run programs. And while that decision might stop the proposal in its tracks, it’s already controversial.

"The State of Ohio"

State lawmakers want to give judges the ability to put child abusers behind bars for as long as five years. 

Jo Ingles

A proposal that would change the courses cosmetology schools offer is making its way through the state legislature.

Fox News

Gov. John Kasich wasn’t even in Iowa for the GOP caucuses last night – he was at the presidential campaign’s next stop, New Hampshire, which holds the first in the nation primary next week.

Jennifer Herold; Ohio Senate

The comments a Republican Ohio Senate leader made about his primary opponent in a House race have fired up a debate on how the GOP views women – in particular, working moms.

Iberdrola Renewables

While Gov. John Kasich is making a big final campaign push in New Hampshire, he’s still managing to make waves for lawmakers in Ohio. 

Jo Ingles

The underdog Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate wants cities throughout Ohio to determine their own gun laws. He’s proposing changing the state’s constitution to allow home rule on gun control.

Joshua Lim - Scripps Intern

Abortion is once again a front burner issue at the Ohio Statehouse right now. Lawmakers are taking action to defund Planned Parenthood and increase requirements for abortion providers.

Karen Kasler

As committees led by Republicans considered bills related to abortion and guns, Democrats are drawing attention to their bills on economic and educational issues that they say are being ignored. 

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