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Senate bill would close poor-performing charter schools

The bill passed 30-0 with bipartisan support

Senate OKs $71B-plus state budget

Plan includes tax cuts, MORE SCHOOL FUNDS, tuition freeze, abortion restrictions

The budget includes pay raises for judges

Poll: Kasich's prez bid strong in Ohio, lacking in two other swing states

The governor was the lone GOP candidate in double digits in his home state

Ohio Senate: Probate judges can issue search warrants

The impetus for the bill originated in Alliance

Bill would exempt precious metals from sales tax

The tax break also would cover investment coins

Frack tax won't be part of Ohio spending plan

The severance-tax issue would be put before a new Ohio 2020 Tax Policy Study Commission

Ohio vets bonuses exceed $72M

Nearly 82,000 military men and women have received checks since the voter-approved program began five years ago

Ohio vets bonuses exceed $72M

Nearly 82,000 military men and women have received checks since the voter-approved program began five years ago

Youngstown killer wants his case reconsidered

Scout Group says his defense counsel did not effectively represent him

O'Brien bill encourages use of natural gas

The legislation would provide tax breaks for consumers, businesses and public agencies that switch to natural gas-powered vehicles

Amazon to begin collecting sales tax, bringing 1,000 jobs to Ohio

Action to boost state coffers, bring jobs to Columbus area

The jobs come as Amazon expands its Midwest operations

Ohio lawmakers urged to allow emergency care for pets

The proposed bill prohibits first responders from administering drugs to injured animals without first consulting a licensed veterinarian

Senate back plan to move Ohio primary a week


The state's 2016 primary election would be the second week of March

Ohio proposal would back Pete Rose reinstatement

This summer's All-Star game is in Cincinnati, where Rose played and managed.

Ohio Dems push bill to life limitations on rape cases

The lawmakers also want to ensure victims of rape and sexual battery can pursue charges against their spouses.

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 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

Ohio bill would extend prosecution time for rapists

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

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

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.

House bill would expand handgun possession


The bill allows Ohioans to carry handguns without a license.

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 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


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