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Marijuana plants sit under LED lights inside the Veg Room, in Eastlake, Ohio.

Changes Proposed for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program

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Nearly 75,000 Ohioans have registered with the state to receive medical marijuana. Of those, just over 51,000 have actually purchased the product. Those involved with the program propose some changes they say will improve it for everyone. Erin Reed, the Board of Pharmacy’s Director of Medical Marijuana, says proposed changes to the program will make it work better…. Read More

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

U.S. Senator Says Impeachment Isn’t Preventing Important Legislation from Moving

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Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says progress is being made in Washington D.C. while two articles of impeachment against Republican President Donald Trump are being brought forward in the Democratic dominated U.S. House. Sen. Portman says he’s seeing a shift in Washington right now, despite impeachment proceedings. “If you had asked me yesterday, I might have… Read More

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Ohio Bill Would Require Insurance Companies to Follow Federal Law

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Federal law mandates insurers treat mental health services like they would physical health care. But the sponsors of a new bill in the Ohio Legislature say that’s not happening. Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) says insurance companies are finding ways to get around the federal law that mandates they cover mental and behavioral health and… Read More

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Bill Would Provide Greater Savings for Low-Income Homeowners in Ohio

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About 800,000 Ohioans take advantage of the homestead exemption credit that reduces their property tax burden. Now, a bill has been introduced that would reduce it even further for low-income and disabled veterans. As a former Lawrence County Auditor, Republican Rep. Jason Stephens (R-Kitts Hill) says he often spoke to homeowners who simply couldn’t afford to stay in… Read More

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

Ohio’s Secretary of State Says 354 Non-Citizens Voted or Registered to Vote in 2018

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Ohio’s Secretary of State says 354 people who are not U.S. citizens have voted or registered to vote in 2018. Secretary of State Frank LaRose says 277 non-citizens registered to vote and another 77 actually voted in the midterm election in 2018. He says the problems were discovered in the most recent annual check between… Read More

Voters cast their ballots on Election Day in McArthur, Ohio.

Local Boards of Elections Focus on Security

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Ohio’s Secretary of State says a recent attempt by a computer in Panama to insert code into his office’s website was unsuccessful. But state leaders say this incident underscores why a comprehensive election security plan must be put in place soon. The attempted hack into the Secretary of State’s website was thwarted. Secretary of State Frank LaRose says no… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse behind trees

Ohio Senate Considering Bill on Sex Education Standards

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Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow the state’s education department to set health and sex education standards for K-12 schools.  But it is meeting opposition from conservative groups. Ohio law mandates that abstinence be taught in K-12 schools as the preferred education policy. But Brian Yusko with the Ohio Association of Colleges… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks to reporters

Governor Not Yet Embracing School Funding Redistribution Idea

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Governor Mike DeWine is not embracing a school funding reform idea the leader of the Ohio House threw out earlier this week. Earlier this week, Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R- Glenford) suggested lawmakers pool local tax dollars in a fund that the state can redistribute to districts based on their capacity to generate tax revenue. Householder… Read More

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder

Top Lawmaker Suggests “Redistribution” of Wealth to Fund the State’s Schools

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The head of the Ohio House wants the state to come up with a new way of funding schools. And he throws out a suggestion that could involve what’s often been called a “Robin Hood” approach. Speaker Larry Householder says some wealthier school districts have high family incomes and business properties that contribute a lot… Read More