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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

A sign outside of the Nelsonville voter precinct lets people know where they can vote.

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

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

House Speaker Suggests Moving Away From Death Penalty

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As Ohio prisons officials work on a way to continue carrying out executions, House and Senate leaders are considering having deeper discussions on the future of the death penalty. The last execution in Ohio happened more than a year ago, in July of 2018. Since then the state has ran into a number of issues carrying out… Read More

Demonstrators shouting chants outside of a House Public Utilities Committee hearing in the Ohio Statehouse.

Protesters Protest Bill Strengthening Penalties for Damages Sustained During Protests

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A coalition of advocates say the bill, which creates a new criminal mischief prohibition, can have a chilling effect on protesting at places like oil and gas pipelines. About two dozen people from environmental, anti-poverty, and religious groups interrupted a House committee meeting with loud chants. Their demonstration spilled out of the committee room and into a… Read More

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Community Leaders Step in to Make Sure Everyone Gets Counted in U.S. Census

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States around the country are preparing for the big census count that happens just once a decade. In Ohio, Census leaders discuss their plans to reach out to people most at risk of going uncounted. As Michelle Heritage walks through the corridors of the YWCA Family Shelter in Columbus, she shares her ultimate vision for… Read More