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Got a message for your fellow Ohio drivers? ODOT wants to hear it
 “It’s Not A Race Leave Some Space” and “Camp in the Ohio State Parks Not the Left Lane” are among the cheeky signs reminding thousands of drivers to be safe and courteous on Ohio highways. Since 2015, the Ohio Department of Transportation has had an online ‘suggestion box’ for messages to be...

Posted: 3 days ago

“It’s Not A Race Leave Some Space” and “Camp in the Ohio State Parks Not the Left Lane” are among the cheeky signs reminding thousands of drivers to be safe and courteous on Ohio highways. Since 2015, the Ohio Department of Transportation has had an online ‘suggestion box’ for messages to be...
Referendum campaign challenges Ohio law, wants more time for petitions
 The multi-million dollar fight over a new law that adds charges to all Ohioans electric bills to provide subsidies to owners of four electric power plants moved to a federal courtroom on Friday. The federal court fight is over an effort to put House Bill 6, a law that was passed earlier this year, up for a statewide referendum vote. Opponents...

Posted: 3 days ago

The multi-million dollar fight over a new law that adds charges to all Ohioans electric bills to provide subsidies to owners of four electric power plants moved to a federal courtroom on Friday. The federal court fight is over an effort to put House Bill 6, a law that was passed earlier this year, up for a statewide referendum vote. Opponents...
Ohio may eliminate sales taxes on tampons, pads
 The so-called “Pink Tax” on tampons and feminine hygiene products will be eliminated in Ohio, if a bill passed on Thursday gains final approval. The Ohio House voted unanimously in favor of a bill that makes a slew of tax changes, including eliminating sales taxes on tampons and sanitary pads. The bill still needs final approval...

Posted: 4 days ago

The so-called “Pink Tax” on tampons and feminine hygiene products will be eliminated in Ohio, if a bill passed on Thursday gains final approval. The Ohio House voted unanimously in favor of a bill that makes a slew of tax changes, including eliminating sales taxes on tampons and sanitary pads. The bill still needs final approval...
Portman: Congress may be able to pass bill protecting gays in the workplace
 As the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether existing law shields LGBT individuals from discrimination, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said lawmakers may be able to pass a federal bill that calls for protecting gay Americans from discrimination in the workplace. The Cincinnati Republican voted in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination...

Posted: 5 days ago

As the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether existing law shields LGBT individuals from discrimination, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said lawmakers may be able to pass a federal bill that calls for protecting gay Americans from discrimination in the workplace. The Cincinnati Republican voted in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination...
Portman: Trump ‘wrong,’ but impeachment battle harmful
 U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says the impeachment fight is making it harder to work on bipartisan legislation. In a Dayton Daily News interview, Portman expressed frustration that impeachment was “taking a lot of the oxygen out of the room” on issues with bipartisan support, such as expanding gun purchase background checks or a national...

Posted: 6 days ago

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says the impeachment fight is making it harder to work on bipartisan legislation. In a Dayton Daily News interview, Portman expressed frustration that impeachment was “taking a lot of the oxygen out of the room” on issues with bipartisan support, such as expanding gun purchase background checks or a national...
NEW DETAILS: Gov. DeWine outlines plan to tackle gun violence
 Gov. Mike DeWine is not calling for a “red flag law” or universal gun purchase background checks, but instead wants to improve existing systems to address gun violence that has killed more than 16,000 people in Ohio since 2007. At a press conference Monday, the Republican governor called for a system to let people voluntarily...

Posted: 7 days ago

Gov. Mike DeWine is not calling for a “red flag law” or universal gun purchase background checks, but instead wants to improve existing systems to address gun violence that has killed more than 16,000 people in Ohio since 2007. At a press conference Monday, the Republican governor called for a system to let people voluntarily...
Gov. Mike DeWine to unveil details of his gun control plan today
 Two months after a deadly mass shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District, Gov. Mike DeWine today, Monday Oct. 7, will detail his legislative plans to curb gun violence and make a pitch to state lawmakers that his proposals will be effective and constitutional. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted...

Posted: 8 days ago

Two months after a deadly mass shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District, Gov. Mike DeWine today, Monday Oct. 7, will detail his legislative plans to curb gun violence and make a pitch to state lawmakers that his proposals will be effective and constitutional. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted...
Ohio AG investigates new allegations in fight over energy bill referendum
 Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is investigating new allegations that people circulating petitions for a statewide referendum on a controversial energy bill are being offered cash to quit the campaign and to sell signed petitions to the opposing side. It’s the latest chapter in a costly, contentious fight over House Bill 6, which was...

Posted: 11 days ago

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is investigating new allegations that people circulating petitions for a statewide referendum on a controversial energy bill are being offered cash to quit the campaign and to sell signed petitions to the opposing side. It’s the latest chapter in a costly, contentious fight over House Bill 6, which was...
Ohio lawmakers vote to increase suicide prevention training in schools
 The Ohio House of Representatives voted 85-7 on Wednesday in favor of a bill to address youth suicides and school safety with new mandates for training, instruction and planning. School districts would be required to establish a threat-assessment team and contract with an anonymous reporting system that operates 24/7 to receive safety tips...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Ohio House of Representatives voted 85-7 on Wednesday in favor of a bill to address youth suicides and school safety with new mandates for training, instruction and planning. School districts would be required to establish a threat-assessment team and contract with an anonymous reporting system that operates 24/7 to receive safety tips...
Ohio House votes to allow delivery of boozy ice cream
 State lawmakers voted 76-16 on a bill to legalize the ultimate convenience: home delivery of booze-infused ice cream. Under House Bill 160, makers of alcoholic ice cream would be allowed to ship the boozy treats to consumers via delivery companies such as UPS or FedEx and ship the product to retail liquor permit holders to resale to customers...

Posted: 12 days ago

State lawmakers voted 76-16 on a bill to legalize the ultimate convenience: home delivery of booze-infused ice cream. Under House Bill 160, makers of alcoholic ice cream would be allowed to ship the boozy treats to consumers via delivery companies such as UPS or FedEx and ship the product to retail liquor permit holders to resale to customers...
Ohio lawmakers vote to set up a cyber reserve to fight, prevent attacks
 Civilian volunteers who are experts in computers and information technology would be part of a new ‘cyber reserve’ to fight and prevent hacks against government systems, under a bill that passed the Ohio House on Wednesday. Lawmakers voted 90-0 in favor of Senate Bill 52, which would create the Ohio Cyber Reserve under the command...

Posted: 12 days ago

Civilian volunteers who are experts in computers and information technology would be part of a new ‘cyber reserve’ to fight and prevent hacks against government systems, under a bill that passed the Ohio House on Wednesday. Lawmakers voted 90-0 in favor of Senate Bill 52, which would create the Ohio Cyber Reserve under the command...
Guns used in 75% of domestic violence deaths in Ohio, report says
 Eighty-one Ohioans died at the hands of domestic abusers in the last year and 75% of those cases involved a firearm, according to the Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s annual list of fatalities. The data is for the 12 months that ended June 30. While the overall number is lower than the 91 fatalities reported the prior year, there are...

Posted: 13 days ago

Eighty-one Ohioans died at the hands of domestic abusers in the last year and 75% of those cases involved a firearm, according to the Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s annual list of fatalities. The data is for the 12 months that ended June 30. While the overall number is lower than the 91 fatalities reported the prior year, there are...
Gov. DeWine wants ban on flavored e-cigarette products
 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is calling on public colleges and universities to ban tobacco and vaping on campuses, and is asking state legislators to outlaw the sale of flavored liquid nicotine used in vaping products. Unlike governors in New York and Michigan, DeWine determined he doesn’t have the legal authority to ban flavored liquid nicotine...

Posted: 13 days ago

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is calling on public colleges and universities to ban tobacco and vaping on campuses, and is asking state legislators to outlaw the sale of flavored liquid nicotine used in vaping products. Unlike governors in New York and Michigan, DeWine determined he doesn’t have the legal authority to ban flavored liquid nicotine...
In wake of Dayton shooting, lawmakers want to keep juvenile records longer
 Juvenile records couldn’t be expunged until the offenders reach 28 years old, up from the current 23, under a bill being sponsored by state Rep. Phil Plummer, a former Montgomery County Sheriff. Plummer, R-Butler Twp., said he wants the records to be available to law enforcement for a longer window because often the profile of mass...

Posted: 14 days ago

Juvenile records couldn’t be expunged until the offenders reach 28 years old, up from the current 23, under a bill being sponsored by state Rep. Phil Plummer, a former Montgomery County Sheriff. Plummer, R-Butler Twp., said he wants the records to be available to law enforcement for a longer window because often the profile of mass...
Do red flag laws work? Here’s what we found in Indiana
 As Ohio lawmakers debate a “red flag” law to reduce gun violence in the wake of the deadly Oregon District mass shooting, they can look to neighboring Indiana to see how such extreme protection orders have operated in a Midwestern state for more than a decade. Data on red flag weapon seizures is spread out among courts in Indiana&rsquo...

Posted: 15 days ago

As Ohio lawmakers debate a “red flag” law to reduce gun violence in the wake of the deadly Oregon District mass shooting, they can look to neighboring Indiana to see how such extreme protection orders have operated in a Midwestern state for more than a decade. Data on red flag weapon seizures is spread out among courts in Indiana&rsquo...
DeWine wants more state psych beds open for violent patients
 Gov. Mike DeWine’s 17-point plan to address gun violence includes changing how and why people are placed in state psychiatric hospitals — so that more beds are available to people who could be threatening violence or suicide. On any given day, about 97 percent of the state’s 1,065 beds in its six psychiatric hospitals are...

Posted: 16 days ago

Gov. Mike DeWine’s 17-point plan to address gun violence includes changing how and why people are placed in state psychiatric hospitals — so that more beds are available to people who could be threatening violence or suicide. On any given day, about 97 percent of the state’s 1,065 beds in its six psychiatric hospitals are...
Former speaker stepping down from Ohio House
 Republican Ryan Smith said Thursday that he is resigning his seat in the Ohio House to be president of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College. Smith served as House speaker from June to December 2018 and tried to hang onto the powerful post in January but lost to his GOP rival Larry Householder. Smith said he is looking...

Posted: 18 days ago

Republican Ryan Smith said Thursday that he is resigning his seat in the Ohio House to be president of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College. Smith served as House speaker from June to December 2018 and tried to hang onto the powerful post in January but lost to his GOP rival Larry Householder. Smith said he is looking...
Whaley to Congress regarding mass shooting: ‘Our whole city is hurting’
 In her first testimony before Congress, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley on Wednesday detailed how a 24-year-old shooter armed with an “AR-15 pistol variant” killed nine and shot 17 others. “In those 32 seconds, the shooter’s weapon did exactly what it was designed to do – kill or injure as many people as possible in...

Posted: 19 days ago

In her first testimony before Congress, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley on Wednesday detailed how a 24-year-old shooter armed with an “AR-15 pistol variant” killed nine and shot 17 others. “In those 32 seconds, the shooter’s weapon did exactly what it was designed to do – kill or injure as many people as possible in...
Mayor Whaley to testify before Congress about gun violence
 Nearly two months after the Oregon District mass shooting, lawmakers at the local and national levels continue to have conversations about gun legislation as they attempt to find ways to curb gun violance. At 10 this morning, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is scheduled to testify before a House Judiciary Committee about the impact of gun violence...

Posted: 20 days ago

Nearly two months after the Oregon District mass shooting, lawmakers at the local and national levels continue to have conversations about gun legislation as they attempt to find ways to curb gun violance. At 10 this morning, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is scheduled to testify before a House Judiciary Committee about the impact of gun violence...
Trump says he’s working with Congress on gun issues; Democrats disagree
 In an exclusive interview with News Center 7, President Donald Trump said he plans to protect the 2nd Amendment and blamed Democrats for not moving on solutions to gun violence. Democrats countered the president’s statements criticizing him and Republican for doing work for the National Rifle Association. The president made the comments...

Posted: 21 days ago

In an exclusive interview with News Center 7, President Donald Trump said he plans to protect the 2nd Amendment and blamed Democrats for not moving on solutions to gun violence. Democrats countered the president’s statements criticizing him and Republican for doing work for the National Rifle Association. The president made the comments...
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