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Ohio bill proposes automatic voter registration

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

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.

Poll: Kasich lacks recognition as GOP prez contender

Kasich has not formally committed to a presidential run

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

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

Poll: Strickland tops incumbent Portman

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

$2 million for building improvements at YSU

$2 million for building improvements at YSU

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.

Auditor launches new public records access program

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

Sex with students bill would increase penalties

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

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

Ohio licenses for concealed weapons dropped in 2014

The number of renewals rose to a five-year high, however

Ohio's demolition program ends

More than 14,600 abandoned homes due to foreclosure were razed, including 308 in Mahoning County

Supreme Court hears deer-carcass case

The Ohio Supreme Court must decide whether a Huron County man should have to pay nearly $28,000 to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for hunting on private property without permission

Ohio Supreme Court postpones execution date

The man on death row was convicted of killing a Twinsburg police officer.

Kasich bill provides for abandoning landline service

The proposed law change provides adequate protections to ensure Ohioans have access to some type of local phone service.

Fed judge tosses death row inmates' suit

The judge noted the new law does not suppress speech or the ability to oppose the death penalty.

Official: Expect state tax refund delays

Ohio filers this year may be asked to provide additional information and take a quiz to prove their identity before refunds are issued.

2016 national Dem convention goes to Philly

Columbus had been a finalist for the convention

Poll: 55% in Ohio approve of Kasich

The poll also showed Ohioans are satisfied with the way things are going in their state

10 sites proposed to produce marijuana in Ohio

The sites include Summit, Stark and Mahoning counties

Ohio House Dems set their 2015 agenda

They’ll oppose tax changes that further hurt local governments or inordinately benefit wealthy residents.

New Ohio bill would restrict abortions

Ohio Right To Life says the legislation would prohibit abortions at the point at which pre-born children can feel pain.

Kasich: Ohioans must stand against human trafficking

Thursday was Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Statehouse

Ohio attracts $1.3B in clean-energy investment

The state also ranks first in the country in the number of facilities making wind components,


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