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Jo Ingles

The Ohio Republican Party has a new leader. Matt Borges, the man who has headed the party since 2013, has been replaced with a woman, Stark County Attorney Jane Timken. 

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Soon foreclosed properties will have a different look in Ohio. The state became the first in the country to ban the use of plywood over windows. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

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Farmers want the state to change the way their land is valued after their property taxes skyrocketed over the past few years. But that issue is pitting farmers against school districts. 

Jo Ingles

Gov. John Kasich wants lawmakers to tackle the way Congressional districts are created, saying they need to be more competitive and fair. And he has a plan to make that happen.

Jo Ingles

It will be harder for police, prosecutors and the government to seize private property in Ohio under a new bill signed into law. 

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State lawmakers have come back to Columbus to start their new year and new session, with the same House Speaker and House Minority Leader. The two recently sat down for an exclusive conversation for "The State of Ohio" about what happened in the long and confusing end of last year’s session, and what’s ahead.

Jo Ingles

As Republicans in Congress debate the idea of repealing the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, Gov. John Kasich is crediting part of that law for helping fight the war on opiates in Ohio. 

Dan Konik

Around the state of Ohio, farmers are getting seeing their property taxes soar thanks to the method used to set a value on their farmland. The state’s two main farmer groups want lawmakers to change that valuation formula.

Dan Konik

As the new session of the Ohio General Assembly starts its work, tax reform is on the mind of its top leaders. 

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Ohio AAA estimates 4.2 million Ohioans will travel more than 50 miles from their homes during this holiday season. And with construction projects underway, it's likely to be a challenge. 

Jo Ingles

If you are thinking about joining a gym, returning an unwanted holiday gift or changing companies you do business with in this new year, Ohio’s Attorney General has some warnings for you. 

Jo Ingles

Supporters of a strict abortion ban that was vetoed by Gov. John Kasich are not giving up. 

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Ohio’s population growth isn’t keeping up with some other states. And that could mean a big change after the 2020 census. 

Statehouse News Bureau

When the new General Assembly comes in this month, there will be fewer experienced lawmakers due to term limits. 

Dan Konik

A city is not immune in the case of a crash involving a stop sign that was obscured by a tree. That’s the finding of the Ohio Supreme Court. 

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The state's top watchdog says some parole officers have violated policy on how parolees can be detained. 

Jo Ingles

Ohio’s minimum wage is set to increase on January 1st. 

Dan Konik

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled an experienced police officer’s testimony is sufficient to prove a driver was under the influence of drugs.

Karen Kasler

Abortion is always a contentious issue at the Statehouse. This year was no exception, as abortion ban bills took front and center stage amid the backdrop of the controversial election season.

Karen Kasler

2016 started with a shift in the tide when it comes to accountability and transparency for charter schools in Ohio. But the year ends with some big questions marks about charter schools and other issues in education.

Andy Chow

Ohio has a big coal industry, but also has a lot of land for wind energy development. And state officials seems to be floating in the middle as far as energy policy goes. The energy issue pulled the state in two different directions.

Karen Kasler

Every two years there are more than a thousand bills introduced in the Statehouse that never get enough support to pass the House and Senate and are left to die at the end of the session. But this was the year many of those controversial bills actually passed. There are still plenty of bills left on the cutting room floor.

Andy Chow

A slew of bills that in other years might have been too controversial to touch not only got hearings at the Statehouse this year. They actually passed. 

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A new report shows changes made to increase early voting opportunities in Ohio have not led to an increase in voter participation. 

Dan Konik

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled records of most criminal investigations are public records once the trial is over. 

Ohio lawmakers won’t be coming back into the lame duck session to override Gov. John Kasich’s vetoes on controversial legislation. 

Karen Kasler

Still no definite word on whether the Ohio Legislature will come back this week in the lame duck session to deal with vetoes of legislation.

The Ohio Hospital Association and others are suing the state over a new law set to go in effect next month that makes prices for services more transparent to patients. 

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Gov. John Kasich has vetoed a bill that rolls back state requirements on electric utilities and clean energy. 

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For the first time in four years, the Ohio Senate will have a new president. And he and the incumbent Minority Leader come out of this lame duck session with a lot of work ahead of them when they return in January. They recently sat down for an exclusive interview.

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