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Statehouse News Bureau

Attorney General Mike DeWine is answering a question that has been asked of him many times in recent months. DeWine says he’s running for governor in 2018.

Andy Chow

A liberal-leaning charter school critic says the federal government has put nearly $30 million into charter schools that have either closed or never opened in the first place. 

Andy Chow

The Ohio House and Senate took on a jam-packed slate of bills for their last day of lawmaking before leaving for summer break. 

Andy Chow

After nearly twenty years of trying, backers of a bill to allow medical marijuana in the Buckeye state are celebrating a historic vote by the Ohio Legislature, and is headed to the governor.

OGT/The Ohio Channel

A medical marijuana bill is set to come up for a vote in the Senate today. The timing is critical, since lawmakers are leaving for summer break and unlikely to return before the November election – and there are two groups working on ballot issues to legalize medical marijuana to put before voters this fall.  Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) talked about Senate President Keith Faber’s comments that half the Republican caucus is against the medical marijuana bill, which is backed by Republicans in the House.

Jo Ingles

The Ohio legislature’s marijuana bill has a good shot at passing this week - or it might fail, depending on who you talk to.

Statehouse News Bureau

There have been some changes to the proposed bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Ohio. The bill that’s set to go before the full Ohio Senate tomorrow.

Andy Chow

The state auditor has conducted another surprise head count to find out if charter school attendance records matched the number of students actually sitting at their desks. 

Statehouse News Bureau

A federal judge has stopped Ohio from implementing a new law that would defund Planned Parenthood.

Ben Postlewhait

During the Ohio primary in March, a federal judge ordered some Hamilton County precincts to stay open late. It’s not uncommon. In recent years, there have been several situations like that throughout the state. But a new bill at the Statehouse would make it harder to do that.

Democrats in the Ohio Senate could play a key role in determining whether state lawmakers are able to pass a medical marijuana bill that passed the House last week.

Andy Chow

Groups are fighting to loosen the restrictions on where wind turbines can go and they’re adding a heavy-hitter to their roster. 

Karen Kasler

The House has overwhelmingly passed a bill that would allow for expanded use of in-car breathalyzers for those convicted of driving while intoxicated – including first-time drunk drivers.

Dynegy

Ohio’s largest energy companies are trying to figure out what they’re going to do with their coal power plants as they navigate through a vital time in the utilities industry. For the final installment of his three-part series, Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow explores the different paths those utilities can take and what that means for Ohioans who pay to keep the lights on.

Andy Chow

Vice President Joe Biden was in Columbus Wednesday to make an official announcement about new labor rules that are sending shock waves around the country. 

Statehouse News Bureau

Senators debating a medical marijuana bill passed by the Ohio House have made some changes to the plan. 

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Ohio lawmakers have scrapped a controversial amendment that would take away local control over sales of dogs at pet stores. But that doesn't mean lawmakers are rolling over and playing dead on the issue.

ideastream

State lawmakers are looking over a bill to more than triple the tax credits offered to moviemakers who film in Ohio. But critics on the left and the right are saying the program should be cut.

Karen Kasler

A decision to block a plan that would’ve guaranteed profits for struggling coal plants in Ohio may have created a domino effect for the future of energy in the state. In part two of a three-part series, Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow takes a look at the history of deregulation in Ohio and the bombshell suggestion to reverse course.

Jo Ingles

The Ohio Senate is debating what to do with an amendment about local control over pet sales that’s attached to a tax bill.

Statehouse News Bureau

Cleveland City Council is introducing legislation to set the minimum wage at $15. Throughout the state and the country, there are repeated calls for increasing the minimum wage.

Andy Chow

Something as simple as flipping a switch can turn the lights on and off in your home. But there are many, major, complicated decisions that take place in order to keep those lights on. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports in part one of a three-part series, these decisions have reached a critical point that could change the landscape of the energy industry in Ohio.

Andy Chow

The head of Ohio’s Democratic Party is throwing punches at Republican Senator Rob Portman for his part in the continued Supreme Court vacancy, saying that a new development makes it even more important to fill the seat now. 

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Union activists say they are not happy with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s decision to shutter ten prison farms.

Statehouse News Bureau

The Ohio House and Senate have been busy this week. Some of the bills that have passed may have been missed by many onlookers.

The State of Ohio (Ohio Public Television)

When the Ohio House passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana, a former lawmaker was watching the floor debate online.

Planned Parenthood is suing the state over a new law that would take away from the organization federal dollars that fund cancer screenings, HIV tests and more.

Andy Chow

Five public universities are opening up their checkbooks for all of Ohio to see. 

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

A new leader is taking the reins at the largest lobbying group representing Ohio’s largest industry. 

Andy Chow

After more than twenty years of repeated attempts, the Ohio House has overwhelmingly approved a historic bill that would allow regulated medical marijuana in the Buckeye State.

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