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The state’s highest court will decide whether internet retailers which have no offices or employees in Ohio but sell products to Ohio residents have to pay a tax that nearly all Ohio businesses pay. And the question before the court centers on what the definition of doing business in Ohio actually is.

Statehouse News Bureau

A former candidate for the U.S. Senate in the Democratic primary in March is urging his followers to vote for the winner of that election.

Jo Ingles

The elected members who run the state GOP have selected the delegates for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer.

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State officials, utilities and other groups have worked on deregulating the energy market in Ohio for more than a decade. Now two major utility companies want to go back toward re-regulation after the feds nixed their temporary rate hike plan. 

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It’s not every day that a group known for defending the free market celebrates federal intervention. But a conservative group in Ohio is saying the feds made the right choice by blocking a temporary rate hike plan from AEP and FirstEnergy. 

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

Just a few weeks after a controversial decision that federal regulators have now overturned, the head of the panel that regulates Ohio’s utilities has announced he’s quitting.

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Groups around the state are starting to mobilize the people they hope will turn out this fall by organizing statewide voter registration drives.

Jo Ingles

Patients who want medical marijuana in Ohio are starting to take sides in which plans they support.

Karen Kasler

A public records request made by a reporter, an activist or any concerned citizen could start as something simple and spiral into a long, expensive court battle. State lawmakers are trying to change that. 

Jo Ingles

The Ohio Department of Health has heard the case of whether to close down one of the only two abortion clinics operating in southwest Ohio.

Karen Kasler

Opponents of the plan to ask the federal government for permission to charge 1.5 million Medicaid recipients small premiums to stay in the program are calling for critics to make their voices heard at a public hearing in Cincinnati today. But supporters say the plan will keep costs down and help those recipients be more engaged.

Karen Kasler

Ohio’s senior US Senator is on the short list of possible running mates for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton. And he says he doesn't want to be.

Andy Chow

Ohio Democrats are trying to turn up the heat on the U.S. Senate to take action on the empty Supreme Court seat. 

Jo Ingles

A panel of state lawmakers working on a medical marijuana bill has started hearings.

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State lawmakers will be busy again with two major piece of legislation and lots of other bills this week.

Ohio Senate

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.

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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.

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