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AEP Hopes New PUCO Chair Gives Solar Farm A “Fair Shot”

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The panel of state regulators that reviews utility rates will soon have a new leader who has a history of opposing renewable energy issues. This is causing concerns for supporters of a proposed solar farm from AEP. Sam Randazzo’s appointment to chair the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio sent up red flags to supporters of AEP’s 400 megawatt… Read More

Groups Oppose PUCO Nominee For Past Opposition To Renewable Projects

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As Gov. Mike DeWine considers who to select as the next member of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, a coaltion of environmental groups are calling on DeWine to not select Sam Randazzo. Randazzo, who recently retired from representing Industrial Energy Users-Ohio, is one of four nominees selected by a nominating council. The environmental groups… Read More

School Choice Advocates Look To Lawmakers For Facility Funding Boost

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Charter school advocates are calling on lawmakers to bump up their funding for facilities. They say the money now going to charters falls well below what they need. But critics say more changes should be made before a funding increase. Supporters of charter schools argue that parents and students should have the ability to make their… Read More

Domestic Violence Protections Extended To Victims In Dating, Intimate Relationships

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Gov. Mike DeWine signed an executive order that extends protections and access to resources for victims of domestic violence. The order includes protections to victims in dating relationships and intimate relationships. Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), the House minority leader, says the additions reflect the changing dynamics of modern relationships. She adds that the executive order sends… Read More

Humane Society: Include Tethering Laws In Dangerous Dogs Discussion

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A bill has been drafted to strengthen the laws against owners of dogs that carry out serious attacks against other people, but pro-animal groups are saying another topic must be added to the conversation: tethering. Corey Roscoe with the Humane Society of the United States says dogs suffer neglect by being tied or chained up for days on… Read More

Frank LaRose Wants To Modernize Voter Roll Removal Process

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Newly-sworn in Secretary of State Frank LaRose is already making his pitch to Ohio lawmakers for his biggest legislative priorities. Among the top issues, modernizing the voter removal process, which right now allows registrations to be removed after six years of inactivity. LaRose says he’s legally obligated to maintain an accurate voter list. But he… Read More

Update: Mike DeWine Urges Optimism for Ohio at Inauguration

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Update 1:40 p.m. COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – New Republican Gov. Mike DeWine says he’s beginning his four-year term with great optimism about Ohio’s future and a commitment to hearing others’ ideas and perspectives. But he told the audience at his Statehouse inauguration Monday not to mistake that for lack of vision or resolve. DeWine led… Read More

Jon Husted To Lead Newly-Created InnovateOhio

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Gov.-elect Mike DeWine has tapped Lt. Gov.-elect Jon Husted to be the director of InnovateOhio, created in law just last month. DeWine said on the campaign trail that InnovateOhio will help modernize state and local government. Husted says this new office will help streamline the process between Ohioans and state government services. “We want to take every touch that… Read More

Mike DeWine Advancing Campaign Promise To Serve Ohio Children

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The transition to the administration of Governor-elect Mike DeWine is bringing several changes to state government, including a new office dedicated to carrying out one of DeWine’s top campaign promises: focusing on the development and growth of infants and toddlers. As part of his first major policy rollout, DeWine announced his plan to help Ohio’s children…. Read More