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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.

Screenshot, CNN

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.

Santeri Viinamäki / Wikimedia Commons

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.

StockMonkeys.com

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 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. 

Hearings have ended and now it’s up to state regulators to decide if the so-called coal plant bailout for two electric utilities should be approved. 

Liesl Bonneau, OGT

A huge bill that passed the House unanimously makes a big change in all of Ohio’s state laws. It replaces all references in state law to “mental retardation” with the term “intellectual disability”. 

Rep. Jonathan Dever (R-Madiera) is one of the sponsors of the bill. “As we learn more about those with disabilities and we work towards making Ohio a better and more responsive state for the developmentally disabled in our communities, our laws should reflect that collective wisdom,” Dever said.

Statehouse News Bureau

The U.S. Supreme Court is blocking North Dakota from enforcing a strict ban on abortion that’s very similar to a bill proposed in Ohio.

Statehouse News Bureau

A top Republican leader is calling out a state representative in response to an investigation into a pay-to-play scheme in his former office. 

Karen Kasler

The endorsed Democrat in the primary for US Senate has been blasted by his opponent and others for not being very visible in this campaign. He's now talking about that, and the candidate he plans to face this fall also has some thoughts.

Ohio Senate

The second-in-command in the Ohio Senate announced he’s retiring at the end of the month. 

Ohio Senate

With lawmakers in the Ohio House forming a task force to deal with medicinal marijuana, two State senators who have different perspectives on medical pot are trying a different approach to see what Ohioans think about the issue.

Gary Musselman, City Club of Cleveland

The bitter US Senate campaign of 2012 – which was one of the most expensive in the country that year – could be back for a repeat in 2018.

Incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican state treasurer Josh Mandel raised $44 million, and another $52 million in outside money poured in.

The bill that makes changes in Ohio’s unemployment compensation system has another committee hearing this week and could soon get a vote. 

Jo Ingles

Some long time advocates of medical marijuana are questioning why they were not included in the Ohio House’s new task force to study the subject.

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