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Boardman soldier killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq was honored by state lawmakers

Mahoning County soldier killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq was honored by state lawmakers

HB 135 would prohibit abortions in cases where the procedure is sought only because of a Down syndrome diagnosis

Bill would prohibit abortions in cases where procedure is sought only because of Down syndrome diagnosis

HB 135 would prohibit abortions in cases where the procedure is sought only because of a Down syndrome diagnosis

Bill would led wine-makers sell products at farmers markets

HB 178 would create a new “F-10” liquor permit that would allow sale of small samples and bottles of wine.

Valley lawmaker gets fire-training safety experience

Rep. Sean O’Brien of Bazetta, D-63rd, pushed forward on his knees with a high-powered nozzle in hand while flames leapt across the ceiling

Ballot Board OKs second issue to legalize marijuana in Ohio

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted said it’s time for lawmakers to begin discussions on marijuana legalization

Ohio bill would extend prosecution time for rapists

HB 6 would extend the time frame from 20 to 25 years to prosecute rapists

Ohio House offers flu vaccination bill

Private companies and public agencies would be banned from acting against current or potential new employees who refuse flu vaccinations

Gun groups want some concealed-carry restrictions lifted

Those with gun permits cannot carry their guns on college campuses and into churches

700-plus folks cited for texting while driving

Eight adults have been cited in Mahoning County since the texting ban took effect.

Abortion-rights advocates rally at Statehouse

The rally was organized by the National Council of Jewish Women and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio

House bill would expand handgun possession


The bill allows Ohioans to carry handguns without a license.

Bill would provide tax relief to contributions to college savings accounts

The legislation focuses on 529 plans, which allow users to save for college, with contributions and earnings not subject to federal or state taxes if they are withdrawn for college costs.

Ohio bill would ban Down syndrome abortions

The Ohio House of Representatives began hearings Tuesday on legislation to ban abortions solely because of prenatal diagnoses of Down syndrome.

Ohio bill makes wearing bike helmets mandatory

Those who fail to use helmets would face fines of $25 on the first offense and $100 for subsequent violations, and their parents or guardians would be responsible for payment

Ohio Senate again passes pay-raise resolution

The bill calls for the creation of a nine-member Public Office Compensation Commission, which would be required to review the pay rates of elected public officials throughout the state.

Ohio bill proposes automatic voter registration

The bills also would allow online voter registration and automatically register graduating high-school students.

Task force recommends more law enforcement training

The panel’s main goal was to question whether current officer training is sufficient and whether additional coursework is needed

Poll: Kasich lacks recognition as GOP prez contender

Kasich has not formally committed to a presidential run

Owners who leave their animals outside in severe weather would face criminal penalties

Barnes’ bill drew questions and concerns from the agriculture committee, however.

Local family pushes for seat-belt bill

Theresa Benzel plans to travel to the Statehouse to urge lawmakers to pass a law to allow officers to stop vehicles with kids not wearing seat belts or secured in car seats

State commission would review closures of developmental disability centers

state budget

YDC is scheduled to close in 2017

Kasich keeps options open for presidential run

Kasich keeps options open for presidential run

Kasich wants to continue Medicaid expansion

The governor accomplished the Medicaid expansion last session via a vote of the controlling board

Mandel asks officials to post spending online

OhioCheckbook.com is a website that enables searches of spending by state offices

$2 million for building improvements at YSU

$2 million for building improvements at YSU

Poll: Strickland tops incumbent Portman

The former Ohio governor snagged 48 percent of the 1,077 registered voters polled

Poll: Ohio voters like Kasich as presidential contender

Kasich not registering with voters in two other swing states, however.

Kasich signs $7B road budget bill

Governor strikes language that would have tied voter registration to requirement that new residents obtain driver’s licenses

ORC approves new whip rules for harness racers


The updated administrative code language also would require drivers to give horses time to respond to previous whippings and refrain from using whip handles on their animals

GOP proposal would limit casino, racino gaming credits

Casinos, racinos fail to deliver on jobs, TAXES, legislator says

One casino and racino operator is calling the legislation “ill conceived and misguided”

Bill would extend the statute of limitations on rape, sexual battery

Bill would extend the statute of limitations on rape or sexual battery

Transportation bill heads to Kasich for signature

Provision on voting draws opposition from Democrats

The bill is in excess of $7 billion for the next two years

House passes 'heartbeat bill'

The Senate will now consider the controversial abortion ban.

Opponents: No tax hike on tobacco

A tax increase on tobacco products could drive consumers from the Buckeye State, opponents said

Driver registration law threatens voting rights

The law change requires new residents who drive to seek new licenses and register vehicles in the state or face possible criminal charges

Ohioans won't be driving 75 mph on turnpike

Lawmakers want to further study a speed-limit increase

Ohio adoptees can get their birth certificates

The new law affects individuals who were born in Ohio and adopted between 1964 and 1996

Ohio senate passes $7B+ transportation budget; would allow 75 mph limit

Whether drivers can zoom on rural highways and the turnpike at 75 mph remains up in the air.

Kasich meets with community police task force

A task force member is the Bishop George Murry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown

Report: Ohio state employees earned $3B, including $113M in OT last year

A total of 66 state employees earned $190,000 or more last year

Ohio AG certifies marijuana ballot issue

ResponsibleOhio’s petition language now goes to the Ohio Ballot Board for its consideration.

Sex with students bill would increase penalties

Lunch ladies, janitors and other school employees would face increased criminal penalties for having sex with students

Auditor launches new public records access program

His initiative is an attempt to help residents access the documents without having to hire a lawyer

Company seeks to resume work at Weathersfield injection well

trumbull county

The commission will consider the testimony and other evidence and announce a decision at a later date

Ohio controlling board approves money for export promotion

Ohio controlling board approves money for export promotion

Panel considers release of brain-dead inmates

State prison changes could save Ohio money

Senate considers child restraint bill

Senate considers child restraint bill

Ohio House approves drug-overdose bill

The legislation focuses on Naloxone, which is sold under the brand name Narcan

Ohio AG warns public of phone scammers

The attorney general’s office’s consumer-protection section fielded about 28,000 complaints last year from consumers who believed they had been scammed

Oil and gas industry opposes frack-tax increase

The governor maintains the severance tax will not kill Ohio's oil and gas industry



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