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Lawmakers Ramp Up Scrutiny Of Recipients On Food Stamps, Medicaid

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The Ohio Senate and House have approved a bill, HB119, that will ramp up scrutiny of people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. The new review process will require government administrators to review a person’s eligibility every quarter, this is currently an annual process. The same requirements are also attached… Read More

Lawmaker Wants Clarity In Stand Your Ground Bill

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Republican senators are planning to discuss the possible changes they would like to make to HB228, the so-called “Stand Your Ground” bill which might include more specific language on when to use lethal force in self-defense situations. Sen. Bill Coley (R-West Chester) he wants the bill to clearly state three pillars; an attacker clearly shows an… Read More

Environmental Group Teams Up With Coal Company To Support Ohio Solar Energy Farm

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The Natural Resources Defense Council and Boich Companies, a coal investor, are calling on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to approve what would be the largest solar farm in Ohio. The renewable energy project would be developed in Highland County, an Appalachian area the coalition says is in need of support. AEP Ohio is proposing the solar… Read More

Republicans Eager To Move “Stand Your Ground” Through Ohio Senate

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The Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee plans to pass the “Stand Your Ground” bill by the end of the week. The bill would make it easier for someone to use lethal force in self-defense by removing the duty to retreat in cases where a person feels threatened. Opponents have said the bill, HB228, would make… Read More

Opponents Say Pastor Protection Act Extends Opportunities To Discriminate

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A bill that sponsors say ensures religious freedom when it comes to marriage ceremonies is moving through the Ohio Legislature. However opponents are urgently trying to stop the so-called “Pastor Protection Act”, saying it overreaches and creates more opportunities to discriminate. The bill, HB36, says faith leaders do not have to perform a marriage ceremony that goes against their religious… Read More

Future Murky For Bill That Rolls Back Renewable Energy Standards

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Lawmakers are pushing bills through the General Assembly as the clock winds down on this session, which ends next month. But it appears one high-profile issue may be left out of the mix. For more than a year, Republican lawmakers have been trying again to repeal or roll back renewable energy standards, which require utilities to ratchet up their use… Read More

How Ohio’s Candidates For Governor Would Address Education

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Education is a major issue in the race to become Ohio’s next governor. Both Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Rich Cordray say students take too many tests, but the candidates diverge on how they plan to reduce testing and support schools. The major party candidates recognize that improving Ohio’s schools can lead to closing the skills gap,… Read More

Democrat Running For Ohio AG Promises Fight For Health Care Law On First Day In Office

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Democratic attorney general candidate Steve Dettelbach says on his first day in office he would have Ohio jump into a lawsuit to protect the Affordable Care Act. He says this would be the best way to defend coverage for pre-existing conditions. Twenty states have joined a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ACA, also known as Obamacare…. Read More