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Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine to Meet with House, Senate Leaders on School Vouchers

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Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is scheduled to meet this week with House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) in hopes of reaching a resolution on school vouchers. For weeks, the future of the EdChoice voucher program has been the topic of hot debate. DeWine wants to strike a compromise with the… Read More

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Voter Rights Group Pitches Ballot Initiative as “Popular Across Political Spectrum”

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The coalition pushing constitutional protections for voter rights is one step closer to circulating their petition for signatures and they’re pitching the potential ballot measure as something that can have widespread support. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio) approved the petition language for the proposed “Secure and Fair Elections Amendment.” The ballot initiative would create automatic voter… Read More

Goodman’s family farms 4,000 acres of corn and soybeans in Fulton Co., KY.

Major Trade Agreements Have Ohio Farmers Expressing Optimism

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The U.S. has reached two major trade agreements with international partners in the past month, with the Trump administration pitching these deals as a way to ease the burden farmers have shouldered during the trade war with China. During the nearly two-year trade dispute, Ohio farmers have battled falling commodity prices and a struggling market…. Read More

Rep. Erica Crawley (D-Columbus) discusses her bill to create an anonymous hotline to report possible wage discrimination.

Lawmakers Say Anonymous Hotline Can Help Close Gender Pay Gap

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House Democrats are trying to create a tool that could make it easier for people to report potential wage discrimination. They believe an anonymous hotline would shine a light on unreported disparities. Ohio’s Democratic lawmakers are trying to re-ignite discussions on HB221, which received three hearings in committee before stalling last year. The bill requires the… Read More

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted

Ohio Using AI to Cut Potential Red Tape

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The state of Ohio is going high-tech to weed out what could be considered overly burdensome government rules. An agency is using an artificial intelligence program to sift through hundreds of thousands of regulations. The AI program will sort and analyze data collected from every page of Ohio’s laws and administrative code. Staff will then… Read More

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Ohio House Passes PTSD Workers’ Comp for First Responders

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The state is one step closer to granting workers’ compensation to first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder. The policy change would base benefits off of the mental health condition rather than requiring an accompanying physical injury. First responders lined the balcony of the Ohio House chamber to applaud lawmakers after they passed the PTSD workers’… Read More

Associations representing Ohio's superintendents, school treasurers, and school board members push their support for the House voucher plan at the Ohio Statehouse.

School Officials Back Ohio House Voucher Plan

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Ohio’s major school associations representing superintendents, school treasurers, and school board members are backing the House plan to phase-out the voucher program known as EdChoice. The Ohio House passed legislation that would grant vouchers based on a family’s income instead of basing vouchers off of a school building’s academic performance. There are 1,227 public school buildings set to be… Read More

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Voting Rights Advocates File New Petition for Ballot Measure

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A collection of voting rights advocates have delivered a revised petition to state officials in hopes of putting their issue on the November ballot, which would expand voter registration and solidify early voting. Supporters of the “Secure and Fair Elections” amendment turned in a second draft of their petition, after the Ohio attorney general rejected… Read More

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House Turning Attention Toward Energy Grid Modernization

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For the last decade, Ohio lawmakers were locked in heated debates over how the state should address energy generation, from bailing out nuclear to rolling back green energy standards. With a new law that does both of those on the books, House and Senate leaders are starting to turn their attention to a different energy debate: modernizing… Read More

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Petitioners Can Now Gather Signatures For $13 Minimum Wage Ballot Issue

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A group trying to increase the minimum wage through a constitutional amendment can begin collecting signatures to put the issue on the November ballot. The so-called “Raise The Wage” amendment would increase the minimum wage by annual increments to eventually reach $13 an hour by 2025. The group trying to put the measure on the November ballot… Read More