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Minimum marriage age to increase if Ohio governor signs law
 Fifteen months after a Dayton Daily News investigation revealed thousands of cases of underage boys and girls getting married, Ohio senators voted unanimously Thursday to raise the marriage age to 18 with few exceptions. Already approve by the Ohio House in a 90-2 vote in June, the bill now heads to Gov. John Kasich’s desk for his signature...

Posted: 19 days ago

Fifteen months after a Dayton Daily News investigation revealed thousands of cases of underage boys and girls getting married, Ohio senators voted unanimously Thursday to raise the marriage age to 18 with few exceptions. Already approve by the Ohio House in a 90-2 vote in June, the bill now heads to Gov. John Kasich’s desk for his signature...
Cops, firefighters in Ohio shift to new retiree health plan next week
 Starting next week, retired police and firefighters will shift to a new retiree health care plan through the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund. Instead of getting a coverage through the OP&F self-insured plan, retirees will be allotted a stipend for purchasing their own policies through a health exchange. The retirement system contracted with...

Posted: 20 days ago

Starting next week, retired police and firefighters will shift to a new retiree health care plan through the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund. Instead of getting a coverage through the OP&F self-insured plan, retirees will be allotted a stipend for purchasing their own policies through a health exchange. The retirement system contracted with...
Abortion: Ohio Senate short 1 vote to override Gov. Kasich veto of ‘heartbeat bill’
 The Ohio Senate was one vote short Thursday to override Gov. John Kasich’s veto of a six-week abortion ban bill , known as the “Heartbeat bill.” The Ohio House of Representatives voted earlier Thursday to override Kasich’s veto. In the Senate, there had to be 20 votes to override Kasich. The issue failed, 19-13...

Posted: 25 days ago

The Ohio Senate was one vote short Thursday to override Gov. John Kasich’s veto of a six-week abortion ban bill , known as the “Heartbeat bill.” The Ohio House of Representatives voted earlier Thursday to override Kasich’s veto. In the Senate, there had to be 20 votes to override Kasich. The issue failed, 19-13...
Ohio lawmakers to get pay raise after overriding Gov. Kasich veto
 Latest developments: The Ohio Senate voted 25-6 to override Gov. John Kasich’s veto of a pay raise for elected officials. The House also voted to override the governor, 70-16. Earlier story: Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday vetoed a bill that would give a pay raise to lawmakers and other elected leaders as well as benefits for widows...

Posted: 25 days ago

Latest developments: The Ohio Senate voted 25-6 to override Gov. John Kasich’s veto of a pay raise for elected officials. The House also voted to override the governor, 70-16. Earlier story: Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday vetoed a bill that would give a pay raise to lawmakers and other elected leaders as well as benefits for widows...
Kasich signs bill expanding who can seek compensation for wrongful imprisonment
 The two men sat in the Ohio House gallery for hours last week, waiting for lawmakers to take a final vote on a bill and planning a steak dinner to celebrate the vote. The bill, which provides compensation for former inmates who — like the two men — were wrongfully imprisoned, was signed by Gov. John Kasich on Friday. Columbus...

Posted: 25 days ago

The two men sat in the Ohio House gallery for hours last week, waiting for lawmakers to take a final vote on a bill and planning a steak dinner to celebrate the vote. The bill, which provides compensation for former inmates who — like the two men — were wrongfully imprisoned, was signed by Gov. John Kasich on Friday. Columbus...
State workers used Ohio inmates to fix their cars, build smoking shack, report says
 State workers used inmate labor to do discounted car repairs, drive across the state to fetch personal tanning bed and build an unauthorized “smoke shack” for a state supervisor, an investigative report released Thursday shows. An 87-page report from Ohio Inspector General Randy Meyer details mismanagement and abuses at the Ohio...

Posted: 26 days ago

State workers used inmate labor to do discounted car repairs, drive across the state to fetch personal tanning bed and build an unauthorized “smoke shack” for a state supervisor, an investigative report released Thursday shows. An 87-page report from Ohio Inspector General Randy Meyer details mismanagement and abuses at the Ohio...
GOP lawmakers say they’ll work to override Kasich’s vetoes next week
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed one controversial bill on guns Wednesday, while two others on abortion await his signature or veto pen. Ten months after reversing his position on gun control, Kasich Wednesday vetoed a gun rights bill, saying it wasn’t the legislation he wanted to see on his desk. Kasich reiterated his call for a &ldquo...

Posted: 27 days ago

Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed one controversial bill on guns Wednesday, while two others on abortion await his signature or veto pen. Ten months after reversing his position on gun control, Kasich Wednesday vetoed a gun rights bill, saying it wasn’t the legislation he wanted to see on his desk. Kasich reiterated his call for a &ldquo...
Ohio lawmakers vote to expand gun rights, override Gov. Kasich veto
 Latest developments: The Ohio House and Senate voted Thursday to override a veto from Gov. John Kasich on a gun bill that would expand gun-owner rights. The Senate voted 21-11, the House voted 67-22. The legislation shifts the burden of proof in self-defense cases from defendants to prosecutors, allows off-duty police officers to carry firearms...

Posted: 27 days ago

Latest developments: The Ohio House and Senate voted Thursday to override a veto from Gov. John Kasich on a gun bill that would expand gun-owner rights. The Senate voted 21-11, the House voted 67-22. The legislation shifts the burden of proof in self-defense cases from defendants to prosecutors, allows off-duty police officers to carry firearms...
Kasich promises to veto bills he doesn’t “agree with in a deep way”
 Working in a lame duck session, Ohio lawmakers sent a handful of controversial bills to Gov. John Kasich, who indicated he will use his veto pen on measures he doesn’t like. Joking that he could be known as “Veto Corleone” by the time he’s done, Kasich said, “I have no joy in having to veto stuff, but I&rsquo...

Posted: 29 days ago

Working in a lame duck session, Ohio lawmakers sent a handful of controversial bills to Gov. John Kasich, who indicated he will use his veto pen on measures he doesn’t like. Joking that he could be known as “Veto Corleone” by the time he’s done, Kasich said, “I have no joy in having to veto stuff, but I&rsquo...
2018 Ohio governor’s race most expensive ever
 The 2018 race for governor between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray set a new record for most expensive governor’s race in Ohio history: $43.5 million raised between the two campaigns. That easily outstrips the previous record of $30.4 million set in 2010. In 2017-18, DeWine, who is currently attorney general...

Posted: 30 days ago

The 2018 race for governor between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray set a new record for most expensive governor’s race in Ohio history: $43.5 million raised between the two campaigns. That easily outstrips the previous record of $30.4 million set in 2010. In 2017-18, DeWine, who is currently attorney general...
On ‘60 Minutes,’ Mike DeWine says opioid makers should be held responsible for crisis
 On CBS News’ ‘60 Minutes’ on Sunday, Governor-elect Mike DeWine said drug makers and distributors of powerful prescription painkillers knew their business tactics were hurting Ohioans. “If they didn’t know it the first couple years, they clearly would’ve seen it after that. You can’t miss it. When...

12:34 AM Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018

On CBS News’ ‘60 Minutes’ on Sunday, Governor-elect Mike DeWine said drug makers and distributors of powerful prescription painkillers knew their business tactics were hurting Ohioans. “If they didn’t know it the first couple years, they clearly would’ve seen it after that. You can’t miss it. When...
Ohio lawmakers vote to ban late-term abortion procedure
 The Ohio House on Thursday voted 62-27 to outlaw abortions performed by dilation and evacuation, a procedure commonly used to terminate pregnancies between 13 and 24 weeks gestation. Senators quickly agreed to House changes, setting up the bill to be delivered to Gov. John Kasich for consideration. In 2017, 3,441 D&E abortions were performed...

11:01 PM Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

The Ohio House on Thursday voted 62-27 to outlaw abortions performed by dilation and evacuation, a procedure commonly used to terminate pregnancies between 13 and 24 weeks gestation. Senators quickly agreed to House changes, setting up the bill to be delivered to Gov. John Kasich for consideration. In 2017, 3,441 D&E abortions were performed...
Ohio lawmakers vote to give themselves a pay raise
 Ohio lawmakers, the governor and other elected leaders would be in line for a pay raise under a bill approved by the Ohio House on Thursday. The bill still needs to be signed by Gov. John Kasich to be come law but the governor expressed distaste for the pay raises, especially since they are coming during the lame duck session. On Thursday...

10:16 PM Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

Ohio lawmakers, the governor and other elected leaders would be in line for a pay raise under a bill approved by the Ohio House on Thursday. The bill still needs to be signed by Gov. John Kasich to be come law but the governor expressed distaste for the pay raises, especially since they are coming during the lame duck session. On Thursday...
Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he has no regrets after 8 years in office
 Republican Gov. John Kasich, who leaves office next month, put it all on the record Thursday at a lunch meeting with the press. Here is what we learned: 1. No Regrets. “I’m totally thrilled with the eight years. It was a great time,” he said. “There is one little regret I’m not going to tell you. I&rsquo...

9:47 PM Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

Republican Gov. John Kasich, who leaves office next month, put it all on the record Thursday at a lunch meeting with the press. Here is what we learned: 1. No Regrets. “I’m totally thrilled with the eight years. It was a great time,” he said. “There is one little regret I’m not going to tell you. I&rsquo...
First Ohio medical marijuana store gets OK to open
 The first medical marijuana dispensary in Ohio has been approved to open, but it may be a while before customers walk in. CY+, located in the village of Wintersville, near Steubenville is the first of 56 state-licensed medical marijuana outlets to receive a certificate of operation. Wintersville is located about three hours east of Dayton...

4:07 PM Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

The first medical marijuana dispensary in Ohio has been approved to open, but it may be a while before customers walk in. CY+, located in the village of Wintersville, near Steubenville is the first of 56 state-licensed medical marijuana outlets to receive a certificate of operation. Wintersville is located about three hours east of Dayton...
Ohio Senate votes to crack down on ‘revenge porn’
 The Ohio Senate voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a bill that would crack down on “revenge porn” — the practice of distributing sexually explicit images or videos of an ex-lover or others without consent. RELATED: Revenge port victim: ‘The cell phone had more rights than me’ State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Austintown...

10:29 PM Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

The Ohio Senate voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a bill that would crack down on “revenge porn” — the practice of distributing sexually explicit images or videos of an ex-lover or others without consent. RELATED: Revenge port victim: ‘The cell phone had more rights than me’ State Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Austintown...
Pay raise for Ohio lawmakers added to bill to help families of police, firefighters
 Lawmakers put a pay raise for elected officials — including themselves — into legislation that would provide health care benefits for the widows and children of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty. The House Finance Committee amended Senate Bill 296 on Thursday to include a pay bump for lawmakers — their first...

7:30 PM Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

Lawmakers put a pay raise for elected officials — including themselves — into legislation that would provide health care benefits for the widows and children of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty. The House Finance Committee amended Senate Bill 296 on Thursday to include a pay bump for lawmakers — their first...
Heartbeat abortion bill passes Ohio Senate
 State senators voted 18-13 on Wednesday in favor of legislation that would ban abortion once a fetal heart beat can be detected, setting up a likely showdown with Gov. John Kasich who two years ago vetoed a similar measure. The Senate added a last minute change: transvaginal ultrasounds to check for a fetal heartbeat would not be required...

5:54 PM Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

State senators voted 18-13 on Wednesday in favor of legislation that would ban abortion once a fetal heart beat can be detected, setting up a likely showdown with Gov. John Kasich who two years ago vetoed a similar measure. The Senate added a last minute change: transvaginal ultrasounds to check for a fetal heartbeat would not be required...
Ohio Senate set to vote on ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill tomorrow
 Action on the so-called “heartbeat” abortion ban bill stalled again in the Ohio Senate but may come as soon as today. The Senate Health Committee is expected to reconvene to consider amendments to House Bill 258, which would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected — sometimes as early as six weeks before...

5:20 PM Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

Action on the so-called “heartbeat” abortion ban bill stalled again in the Ohio Senate but may come as soon as today. The Senate Health Committee is expected to reconvene to consider amendments to House Bill 258, which would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected — sometimes as early as six weeks before...
Ohio lawmakers debate pay raise for themselves, other elected officials
 Ohio lawmakers are discussing giving themselves and other elected officials a salary raise — their first pay hike in a decade. State Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, is pitching a plan to give lawmakers and statewide executive officers a “catch up” raise amounting to three-quarters of the consumer price index for each of the...

3:19 PM Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

Ohio lawmakers are discussing giving themselves and other elected officials a salary raise — their first pay hike in a decade. State Rep. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, is pitching a plan to give lawmakers and statewide executive officers a “catch up” raise amounting to three-quarters of the consumer price index for each of the...
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