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Dems add Cincinnati senator to governor ticket
 Democratic candidate for governor Ed FitzGerald has chosen Ohio Sen. Eric Kearney of Cincinnati to be his running mate in next year’s election. Kearney’s southwestern Ohio roots help balance out a ticket pulled by Northeast Ohio by FitzGerald, Cuyahoga County’s top executive official. Kearney also has the ability to raise...

7:29 PM Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

Democratic candidate for governor Ed FitzGerald has chosen Ohio Sen. Eric Kearney of Cincinnati to be his running mate in next year’s election. Kearney’s southwestern Ohio roots help balance out a ticket pulled by Northeast Ohio by FitzGerald, Cuyahoga County’s top executive official. Kearney also has the ability to raise...
State giving $10M to boost military bases, research

10:57 PM Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

The state will fund $10 million over the next two years to strengthen Ohio’s military bases and boost the aerospace industry in the Dayton-Springfield region. The money, set aside in the state budget, will fund a number of projects to position Dayton and Ohio as national centers of aerospace and aeronautics identified by Dayton Projects...
Could Ohioans get a sales tax holiday?

9:45 PM Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

Ohio shoppers could get a tax break next year if state lawmakers approve a sales tax holiday just in time for back-to-school sales. The bill would exempt some items under a certain dollar amount from state and local sales taxes during the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday in August. The following items would be exempt: * School supplies such...
U.S. to focus on global trade, innovation, Commerce secretary says

4:03 AM Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

The Obama administration plans to focus on expanding global trade and investing in innovation here and elsewhere the U.S., the nation’s top business official said Monday. U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker stopped in Westerville, just north of Columbus, to outline her “Open for Business” plan released last week. The...
Ohio schools may get weapon to fight deadly allergies
The smallest smudge of peanut butter can cause swelling, cut off oxygen supply and even kill a child with a peanut allergy, and a bill pending in the Ohio General Assembly would help schools be prepared for such emergencies.

8:32 PM Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

The smallest smudge of peanut butter can cause swelling, cut off oxygen supply and even kill a child with a peanut allergy, and a bill pending in the Ohio General Assembly would help schools be prepared for such emergencies.
Ohio House passes municipal income tax reform

10:51 PM Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

A bill that would drastically change how cities and towns levy municipal income taxes passed the Ohio House on Wednesday, despite objections from local officials who say the bill will result in millions of lost revenue. House Bill 5 aims to streamline municipal income tax structure, which allows municipalities to collect tax from Ohioans...
Speed camera supporters fight Ohio ban
 Red light and speed camera supporters on Wednesday urged state lawmakers against passing a bill that would ban the cameras in Ohio, and Sen. Kevin Bacon, R-Columbus, said he plans to introduce legislation to regulate camera use.House Bill 69, which would ban traffic cameras except in school zones with an officer present, passed the Ohio House...

9:39 PM Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

Red light and speed camera supporters on Wednesday urged state lawmakers against passing a bill that would ban the cameras in Ohio, and Sen. Kevin Bacon, R-Columbus, said he plans to introduce legislation to regulate camera use.House Bill 69, which would ban traffic cameras except in school zones with an officer present, passed the Ohio House...
Supporters rally behind traffic cameras; Ohio considering ban
 Red light and speed camera supporters on Wednesday urged state lawmakers against passing a bill that would ban the cameras in Ohio, and Sen. Kevin Bacon, R-Columbus, said he plans to introduce legislation to regulate camera use. House Bill 69, which would ban traffic cameras except in school zones with an officer present, passed the Ohio...

8:53 PM Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

Red light and speed camera supporters on Wednesday urged state lawmakers against passing a bill that would ban the cameras in Ohio, and Sen. Kevin Bacon, R-Columbus, said he plans to introduce legislation to regulate camera use. House Bill 69, which would ban traffic cameras except in school zones with an officer present, passed the Ohio...
Bill would limit law enforcements’ UAV reach

5:05 AM Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

Ohio’s drone industry has barely taken off, yet some state lawmakers want to limit law enforcement officers’ use of the unmanned aerial vehicles. Rep. Rex Damschroder, R-Fremont, said House Bill 207 is not an “anti-drone bill,” but is an attempt to preserve personal freedom and privacy ahead of the industry, he said...
Whaley to be only female mayor of urban Ohio city

5:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 09, 2013

Dayton Mayor-elect Nan Whaley joined a very short list of Ohio women mayors after Tuesday’s election. Only a handful of Ohio cities larger than 30,000 are led by women executive officials. When Whaleytakes office in January, she will be the only woman among Ohio’s larger urban cities. Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda leads Ohio&rsquo...
Effort underway to keep feds from regulating Ohio guns

11:00 PM Friday, Nov. 08, 2013

The latest gun bill proposed by Ohio lawmakers aims to keep the federal government from restricting or regulating firearms manufactured and owned within state borders. House Bill 340, sponsored by Rep. John Becker, R-Union Twp., would exempt all firearms manufactured and sold in Ohio from federal law and regulation. Firearms produced in Ohio...
How did local legislators vote on the traffic camera ban?

8:23 PM Friday, Nov. 08, 2013

The Ohio House passed House Bill 69, which is legislation that would prohibit the use of traffic law photo-monitoring devices that detect traffic signal light and speed limit violations.
Third parties may face challenges to make Ohio ballot

8:42 PM Friday, Nov. 01, 2013

Ohio lawmakers are close to approving a new rules for how Libertarians, Greens and other “minor parties” qualify to be listed on statewide ballots, despite objections from those parties that the changes would keep them off future ballots. Lawmakers were set to pass Senate Bill 193 on Wednesday, but an apparent error in the bill...
Lawmakers clash over tax cut plan

11:00 PM Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

Sen. Chris Widener, who sits on the Controlling Board and approved funds for Medicaid expansion last week, wants to return some of the projected $404 million in savings to taxpayers. The Springfield Republican’s bill got its first hearing Tuesday before the Senate Finance Committee. It’s not clear when a vote will be taken on...
State Rep. proposes term limits for local offices, longer terms for lawmakers
 State Rep. John Becker wants to increase limits on lawmakers’ terms by four years and extend 12-year term limits to every elected office in Ohio. The Republican lawmaker from Union Twp. introduced a joint resolution to set 12-year term limits for all state and local elected officials, excluding governor, secretary of state and other...

4:00 AM Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013

State Rep. John Becker wants to increase limits on lawmakers’ terms by four years and extend 12-year term limits to every elected office in Ohio. The Republican lawmaker from Union Twp. introduced a joint resolution to set 12-year term limits for all state and local elected officials, excluding governor, secretary of state and other...
Senator wants Ohio lawmakers tested for drug use

8:17 PM Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

State lawmakers have debated drug testing welfare recipients several times in recent years, but a bill introduced Tuesday would require the legislators to be tested for illegal drug abuse. Sen. Nina Turner, D-Cleveland, introduced Senate Bill 212 to protect taxpayer dollars and provide treatment options for people dependent on illegal drugs...
Lawsuit filed to stop Medicaid expansion in Ohio
 Six Republican state lawmakers and two anti-abortion groups filed suit Tuesday against the state and the Controlling Board for expanding Medicaid against the “legislative intent” of the General Assembly. A Springfield lawmaker also introduced a bill Tuesday to give Ohioans an income tax cut with money the state is saving due to...

10:58 PM Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

Six Republican state lawmakers and two anti-abortion groups filed suit Tuesday against the state and the Controlling Board for expanding Medicaid against the “legislative intent” of the General Assembly. A Springfield lawmaker also introduced a bill Tuesday to give Ohioans an income tax cut with money the state is saving due to...
Lawsuit filed to stop Medicaid expansion in Ohio

10:29 PM Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

Six Republican state lawmakers and two anti-abortion groups filed suit Tuesday against the state and state Controlling Board for expanding Medicaid against the “legislative intent” of the General Assembly. The lawsuit asks the Ohio Supreme Court to intervene and reverse the $2.56 billion appropriation made Monday by the Controlling...
Ohio OKs Medicaid expansion
 Ohio became the 25th state to expand Medicaid on Monday after a controversial 5-2 vote by a little-known legislative panel. Critics are already vowing to challenge the vote in court. The Ohio Controlling Board, composed of six state lawmakers and one appointee of the governor, approved a request to release $2.56 billion in federal dollars...

10:39 PM Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

Ohio became the 25th state to expand Medicaid on Monday after a controversial 5-2 vote by a little-known legislative panel. Critics are already vowing to challenge the vote in court. The Ohio Controlling Board, composed of six state lawmakers and one appointee of the governor, approved a request to release $2.56 billion in federal dollars...
Ohio panel votes to expand Medicaid
 The seven-member Controlling Board voted 5-2 to release $2.56 billion in federal dollars and expand Medicaid in Ohio on Monday. An estimated 275,000 Ohioans would be eligible to enroll in the program. “Together with the General Assembly we’ve improved both the quality of care from Medicaid and its value for taxpayers. Today&rsquo...

3:09 PM Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

The seven-member Controlling Board voted 5-2 to release $2.56 billion in federal dollars and expand Medicaid in Ohio on Monday. An estimated 275,000 Ohioans would be eligible to enroll in the program. “Together with the General Assembly we’ve improved both the quality of care from Medicaid and its value for taxpayers. Today&rsquo...
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