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Lawmakers Propose Regulating Herbal Supplement Kratom

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Rep. Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) is proposing a bill, HB318, that would create an inspection and certification process for companies wanting to sell Kratom, an herbal supplement commonly found in powder and capsule form. Kratom is an herb found on trees in southeast Asia, known to be used as an alternative to coffee and for pain… Read More

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Ohio DREAMers Share Their Stories Ahead of U.S. Supreme Court Case on DACA

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A major piece of President Donald Trump’s immigration policy is set for a showdown in the U.S. Supreme Court after the lower courts rejected the attempt to phase-out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. The program allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children to temporarily stay… Read More

Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague (R-Ohio) backs a proposed House bill that would reduce interest rates for loans used for adoption.

Proposed Plan Reduces Interest Rates for Loans Used for Adoptions

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In Ohio, as many as 19,000 children are projected to be in the foster care system by this time next year. State leaders are offering a plan that could address the crisis by alleviating some of the financial stress that comes with adoption through reduced interest rates. The pending legislation, to be introduced in the… Read More

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Advocates Want Ability to Reject Ohio Wind Farm Proposals

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Republican lawmakers in the Ohio House and Senate are pushing for a bill that would allow township voters to reject wind farm projects through a referendum. Wind companies have proposed putting up more than 200 new wind turbines in northern Ohio. Those proposals are filed with the Ohio Power Siting Board. But Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) and… Read More

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (R-Ohio) at new Google Data Center in New Albany.

With New Google Data Center, Husted Calls Columbus ‘Tech Hub’ of Midwest

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Google broke ground on a new $600 million data center in New Albany, a central Ohio suburb. The data center is expected to generate about 50 jobs within the next few years. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (R-Ohio) says the new development is a large display of investment from Google which will impact the local economy…. Read More

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DeWine Says Addressing Increase in Uninsured Children is a Priority

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There are about 133,000 children in Ohio that do not have health care insurance, according to a report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The study analyzed census data from 2016 to 2018 and found Ohio had the fifth largest rate of increase of uninsured children. Researchers found this was a national trend with… Read More

Rep. Jamie Callender (R-Concord) accepts more than 800,000 signatures for an informal petition calling for Ohio to ban foreign investments in energy generation.

HB6 Sponsor Now Seeking Ban on Certain Foreign Investments

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Republican House members are sponsoring a resolution that would prohibit foreign businesses and individuals from having a majority ownership in things like power plants, power lines, pipelines, and water. The Ohio Critical Infrastructure Protection Amendment would have to be approved by voters. The sponsors, Rep. Jamie Callender (R-Concord) and Rep. Don Manning (R-New Middletown), would like… Read More

HB6 Referendum petitioner collects signatures on Otterbein University's campus.

Federal Judge Declines Extension for Nuclear Bailout Referendum

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U.S. District Court Judge Edmund Sargus has rejected the request from Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts, the anti-nuclear power plant bailout group, to have more time to collect signatures. The group was trying to put the controversial law, HB6, up for a vote on next year’s ballot. Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts already missed the deadline and did not… Read More

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Anti-Nuclear Bailout Group Argues for More Time to Collect Signatures

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Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts revealed in a U.S. District Court hearing that they fell far short of the signatures needed to qualify for a potential referendum on the nuclear bailout bill, created through HB6. The group was trying to put a referendum of HB6 on next year’s ballot and needed 265,774 valid signatures in order… Read More

Rachael Belz, Ohio Citizen Action, collects signatures for the HB6 Referendum at Land Grant Brewery. This was one of several public events the referendum group held to collect signatures.

Nuclear Bailout Law to Go Into Effect After Referendum Group Misses Deadline

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The anti-nuclear bailout group, Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts, did not turn in their collected signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office by the deadline set in order to hold a referendum. However, the group is hoping a federal court will rule in favor of their request to extend the deadline in order for them… Read More