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Call for lawmakers to outlaw sex with animals in Ohio


The bill also would prohibit people from providing animals for others’ sexual conduct and includes provisions for criminal charges against perpetrators, the seizure of animals that have been abused and court-ordered psychological evaluations and counseling for offenders.

Vista Care earns top award for Alzheimer's care

The facility will have to reapply for the top certification in 2017

Legal marijuana group plans new push in 2016

Marijuana legalization

ResponsibleOhio head vows to pursue a new marijuana legalization effort in the new year.

Ohio House committee supports CNG vehicle tax incentives

A co-sponsor of the legislation is state Rep. Sean J. O'Brien of Bazetta

Legislation would allow local candidates to electronically file financial disclosure forms

SB 206 would institute comparable requirements for local candidates, political action committees and others that raise or spend $2,000 or more.

Kasich calls for international bond to beat IS

Kasich also reiterated his support for sending U.S. and other troops abroad to counter militant Islamic groups as part of a broad international coalition

Ohio House blocks Planned Parenthood funding

State Rep. Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan of Youngstown, D-58th, offered an amendment to require schools to provide medically accurate information as part of sex-education courses.

Ohio law would allow guns at day care centers

HB 48 also would reduce charges for carrying concealed handguns on college campuses.

Operation Evergreen: Christmas trees for troops

Some of the trees were from Mahoning and Trumbull counties

Supreme Court upholds sex-offender label for 21-year-old

Requirements do not violate 8th Amendment, justices rule

The court ruled the label is not cruel and unusual punishment

Ohio House will discuss medical marijuana proposal

The Republican leader of the Ohio House said lawmakers will begin discussions on the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, a day after Ohio voters rejected a plan to regulate the drug for medical and recreational uses.

Bill reintroduced to ban gender-based housing discrimination in Ohio

The bill is sponsored by one of two openly gay members of the state Legislature

Ohio House bill fixes small biz tax issue

The legislation also restores a funding stream for some local school districts

Training needed to combat sexual violence on campuses, officials say

Among other recommendations, the report calls for ‘bystander training’ to encourage people to intervene when they see incidents occurring.

Panel: More study needed of frack tax hike

By MARC KOVAC news@vindy.com COLUMBUS A lawmaker panel recommended further studies of Ohio’s

Group makes push to increase Ohio's minimum wage

Stand Up Ohio wants the minimum wage to be increased to $10 per hour as of Jan. 1, 2017

State lawmakers propose strengthening domestic violence laws

One bill would make domestic violence involving strangulation a felony offense

Dems pursue more SNAP waivers for food help

SNAP is a federal program that provides food for residents earning 130 percent of the federal poverty level or less

Judge to rule on Youngstown schools plan injunction before mid-October

The hearing for a preliminary injunction to stop the plan to revamp Youngstown schools stretched over two days.

Hearing on Youngstown schools plan continues today

Hearing on Youngstown Plan continues today in Franklin County

A judge heard testimony Tuesday why the plan to revamp Youngstown's schools was unconstitutional

Ballot board adopts edited language for pot amendment

Legal counsel for proponents and opponents of the proposed amendment offered no objections, voicing agreement with the new language choices

Supreme Court keeps fracking issues off ballot

The court instead based its decision on the fact that the petitioners did not meet other requirements for inclusion on the ballot

Ohio House takes up business tax fix bill

The House bill would ensure business tax bills for the year won't be larger than originally anticipated

Mosquito Lake State Park pavilion gets upgrade

The State Controlling Board released more than $98K for a new beach pavilion

Kasich urged Ohio communities to honor first responders

The governor participated in a 911 observance in Westerville that focused on overcoming adversity and helping neighbors.

Ohio committee begins work to revise criminal code, lessen prison population

Ohio committee begins work to revise criminal code, lessen prison population

A goal is to give judges more discretion in sentencing

Youngstown use of cameras meets law requirements, key legislator says

Officer’s presence with device makes it OK, official says

Youngstown use of cameras meets law requirements, key legislator says

Ohio AG certifies ballot language on term limits

The proposed amendment heads to the state Ballot Board for its initial review before proponents can begin collecting the 300,000-plus names required to place the issue before voters.

Board OKs 1st Ohio standards for police use of deadly force

The action Friday also capped a review process launched by Kasich in December, shortly after the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by a Cleveland police officer

More calls for Ohio charter-school reform

The General Assembly failed to pass a bill that would put stricter standards on charter schools before the start of 2015-16 school year

Backers supporting legalizing pot challenge ballot language

At issue is the use of the word 'monopoly'

Ohio hits target for minority business purchases

It is the first time the state has met a mandate established 35 years ago

New poll: Ohio GOP voters support Kasich prez bid

The Donald continues to outpace Kasich in Pennsylvania and Florida

Ballot Board OKs language for 2 legal-pot issues

The group who wants to legalize marijuana challenges the language and vows to take the matter to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Lines drawn in Ohio's pot-legalization battle

Voters will decided in November whether to approve marijuana for both medicinal and recreational use

Ballot board OKs language to lower prescription drug prices

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a nonprofit, must gather more than 90,000 initial petition signatures,

Who really was first in flight?

Conn. lawmaker thinks his state deserves ‘first-in-flight’ designation

Ohio says the Wright Brothers. A Connecticut lawmaker says it was Gustave Whitehead

Panel upholds suspension of operations at Trumbull County injection well

Panel upholds suspension of operations at Trumbull County injection well

Pot issue qualifies for Ohio ballot

ResponsibleOhio got more than 320,000 verified signatures to get the marijuana-legalization amendment on the November ballot

Kasich pleased with debate performance

He said he's lifted Ohio, and he wants to do the same for the country

Gov. Kasich in prime time tonight in Cleveland

Bob Kunst of Miami Beach, Fla., wears a Hillary Rodham Clinton mask on his head outside the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Wednesday, a day before tonight's prime time Republican debate, featuring 10 presidential hopefuls.

Funds OK'd for online checkbook initiative

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel requested the funding to make government's checkbooks publicly available online

More pot signatures submitted for Ohio ballot

ResponsibleOhio collected the 95,572 new names over the past 10 days

ORDC approves Mahoning Valley rail funding

The grant amount is $285,500

25 things in the Ohio budget you need to know

Another line in the budget requires a new study commission to form a working group to complete negotiations on a potential increase in tax rates on oil and gas produce via horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking

Petitions submitted for legalizing marijuana in Ohio

The group ResponsibleOhio submitted nearly 700,000 signatures to the secretary of state's office

Ohio governor to announce his presidential bid in July

Kasich's new website is now live

Safety experts: Stay away from fireworks

About 10,500 people nationally went to emergency rooms last year seeking treatment for fireworks-related injuries

Kasich praises Republicans and Youngstown schools plan

Kasich praises Republicans and Youngstown schools plan

Ohio House passes $71B-plus biennial budget

Governor to sign the spending plan on Tuesday



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