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Political news

Ohio House, Ohio Senate

When lawmakers come back to the Statehouse, Republicans in the legislature are likely to push bills changing  the rules for unemployment compensation, on fetal remains from abortions and on public records and the missions of state agencies. But Democrats in the House and Senate have items they want to draw attention to as well.

Ohio Secretary of State's Office

The Secretary of State’s office is telling backers of a drug price ballot issue that there are problems with their petitions.

Andy Chow

The state’s utility regulators are looking over a plan that would guarantee a profit for two utilities that operate coal plants by raising the price on electric bills and want to hear why certain groups are ok with it. 

Ohio House, Ohio Senate

Lawmakers will be coming back to Columbus later this month to pick up some bills left unfinished last year.  And Senate and House Republican leaders have a lot of bills they want to work on.

Andy Chow

2015 brought some controversial issues before lawmakers in the Ohio Senate, and some of them are likely to circle back around in the year ahead. The top leaders of the Senate debate how these decisions have effected Ohioans.

Andy Chow

It was a busy year in the Ohio House. More than 400 bills were proposed, dealing with some of the most challenging issues in the state. As part of our series “2015 in Review,” the top House leaders talk about what happened and what’s still ahead.

Andy Chow

It was a big year for cases involving public records, home rule, sex offenders and charter schools at the state’s highest court. Here's a rundown of the top news at the Ohio Supreme Court in our continuing series “2015 in Review.”

Andy Chow

State leaders started 2015 with several important issues to tackle in the energy industry. And as it turns out, as the year comes to a close, many of those questions remain unanswered. 

Andy Chow

State officials could soon decide if some electric utility customers will see a hike in their bills to keep coal plants running. Now Gov. John Kasich is offering his thoughts on the issue. 

State of Ohio, Ohio Public Television

Gov. John Kasich has taken many jabs at GOP Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump during recent weeks, but one of the web ads put out by Kasich’s super PAC seems to be missing a meaty message.

Andy Chow

This was the year lawmakers introduced many bills to restrict abortions and grant more access to guns. As part of our "2015 in Review" series, here's a look at some of those measures that didn't make it all the way through.

Andy Chow

It will be a few years yet before Ohioans see how a constitutional change in the way Statehouse lawmakers districts are drawn plays out in the future. And as our "2015 in Review" series explains, more changes might be on the way.  

Andy Chow

Ohio lawmakers passed their fair share of far reaching and controversial bills in 2105. And the budget was perhaps the most far reaching measure passed last year.

Karen Kasler

The Ohio Treasurer's searchable website tracking expenditures includes many local and state agencies, but most of the state's pension systems were missing, until now.

Karen Kasler

Two Republican co-sponsors of a new bill that would require burial or cremation of fetal remains are clarifying that legislation. 

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President Obama and Ohio’s Democratic Senator, Sherrod Brown, support several bills in Congress that would tighten gun laws. And now Ohio’s Republican Senator, Rob Portman, says there’s one that he could support. 

A hearing is set for January 5 in federal court on the temporary block put up to stop the state from taking legal action against Planned Parenthood.

Karen Kasler

State lawmakers are introducing new legislation that would require women who have abortions or miscarriages to designate arrangements for burial or cremation of fetuses. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

Planned Parenthood has fired back at Attorney General Mike DeWine, who has charged that the organization’s three Ohio abortion clinics mishandled fetal remains. It's filed a federal lawsuit against the state.

"Face the Nation", CBS News

Gov. John Kasich took a different tack in his continuing battle with fellow GOP presidential contender Donald Trump on the Sunday morning talk show circuit.

Karen Kasler

Attorney General Mike DeWine’s four month investigation into the activities of Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio clears the organization of wrongdoing in one way but opens up questions about another practice.

Karen Kasler

The backers of last month’s marijuana legalization issue spent a lot of money on a campaign that voters overwhelmingly rejected.

Andy Chow

A collection of leaders and activists from various faiths gathered to call out what they believe to be “hate talk” from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Andy Chow

Brutus Buckeye, Ohio State University’s mascot, turned 50 this year. Along with the big birthday celebrations on campus, he also earned an official commendation at the Ohio Statehouse. 

Stu Nicholson, Columbus, Ohio

The Ohio House has passed a bill to help pets who need emergency medical care. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles explains.

Karen Kasler

The chief strategist behind President George W. Bush’s campaigns has written a book about another president – Ohio’s William McKinley, elected in 1896. He was at the Statehouse today to sign that book, and talked about the upcoming presidential election.

Jo Ingles

The mass shooting at an abortion clinic in Colorado that killed four people, including one police officer, late last month is the latest example pro-choice activists say underscores why more needs to be done to protect those facilities. There’s a new bill in the Ohio legislature that would create protective barriers around those facilities.

The chair of the Ohio Republican Party has come out with some of his strongest language yet on his party’s leading candidate – Donald Trump.

Karen Kasler

The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered Cuyahoga County to release the data on the comings and goings of Democratic former candidate for governor Ed FitzGerald, the former county executive.

Statehouse News Bureau

Democrats around the country plan to talk a lot in the coming months about ways to make college more affordable.  Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

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