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Proposed Constitutional Amendment Seeks To Expand, Solidify Voter Rights

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A group known as Ohioans for Secure and Fair Elections has filed a petition with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to propose a voting-related constitutional amendment for this November’s ballot. The ACLU of Ohio is among the groups leading the charge for the constitutional amendment. “The ACLU, in 2020, will do what we have done for more than… Read More

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Nuclear Bailout Opponents End Their Referendum Attempt

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The group that was fighting to overturn Ohio’s nuclear power plant bailout has dropped its case in court which means the plan for additional fees on electric bills to subsidize nuclear and coal will carry forward. Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts wanted voters this fall to overturn the law, through HB6, that bails out nuclear plants, subsidizes coal plants, rolls back… Read More

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Portman Wants to Crack Down on Chinese Subsidies in Next Trade Agreement

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U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says the new trade deal with China will level the playing field with the U.S., but he urges trade negotiators to be firm as they work on Phase Two. Portman says the deal ensures China will buy more U.S. products both in agriculture and manufacturing, and that it deters intellectual… Read More

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Lawmaker Feeling Confident ‘Aisha’s Law’ Will See Movement

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Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) says her high-profile domestic violence bill is gaining momentum in the Ohio House. The bipartisan piece of legislation known as “Aisha’s Law” looks to overhaul the way communities and law enforcement respond to reports of assault. Boyd says she and other interested parties have been working on making slight changes to… Read More

Sen. Sherrod Brown gives his victory speech at the Ohio Democrats 2018 Midterm Election Night Watch Party at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio on November 6, 2018.

Legislation Cracks Down on Fentanyl Trafficking From Other Countries

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While lawmakers from both parties battle over politics, there is some movement on bipartisan efforts to fight the deadly drug fentanyl in Congress. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says his legislation to create sanctions on fentanyl will give federal officials the tools they need to crack down on opioid trafficking from other countries. Brown says his… Read More

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Self-Driving Shuttle Provides New Step in Ohio’s Automated Future

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Linden, a northeast Columbus neighborhood, is about to launch a residential, automated shuttle service which officials say is the first program of its kind in the country. The 12-person, self-driving shuttle will travel a nearly 3-mile circuit in the neighborhood that city leaders want to revitalize. The residential service will connect people to several places, including… Read More

Report: Limited Evidence to Support Effectiveness of Widespread GPS Monitoring

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A state panel is reviewing a report that takes a deep dive into GPS monitoring of convicted criminals recently released from prison. They’re studying whether Ohio should expand the use of electric monitoring through probation. Gov. Mike DeWine’s Working Group on Post-Release Control has been tasked with creating recommendations for GPS monitoring that could reduce… Read More

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Ohio Hospitals Investing More in Community Programs

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An analysis found that hospitals around Ohio invested more than $6 billion in community issues. These are programs that take health and wellness outside the walls of a hospital. The Ohio Hospital Association says the increased spending on community benefit programs shows there’s a need for hospitals to invest more in preventative efforts and other… Read More