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A Planned Parenthood clinic on the west side of Columbus

How Planned Parenthood Change Could Affect Ohio

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Planned Parenthood says it will no longer provide birth control, HIV and STD testing and other health services with federal money known as Title X funds. The group says it cannot comply with what they call a gag rule that just went into effect that prohibits its doctors from talking about abortion with their patients. Here is what that means in Ohio. Lillian… Read More

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

Parents Of Kids With Autism, Anxiety Will Continue Fight For Medical Marijuana

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Earlier this week, a State Medical Board of Ohio committee decided there wasn’t enough scientific proof that medical marijuana would help with anxiety and autism spectrum disorder. That reversed a recommendation made earlier this summer by the committee that the drug be added to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use in Ohio…. Read More

New Hemp Law Doesn’t Make Marijuana Possession Legal But It Is Harder To Prosecute Now

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There continue to be concerns by cities and police agencies that they can no longer easily prosecute people who are carrying small amounts of marijuana because of the state’s new law allowing hemp and CBD oil. Some say the problem is there’s no good way to test marijuana to see whether it complies with the… Read More

Why Taxpayers Are Now Paying For Hotels For State Lawmakers

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Recent federal income tax reforms have eliminated itemized deductions which Ohio lawmakers often used when they stayed overnight while doing legislative business in Columbus. Now, Ohio taxpayers are picking up the tab for some of those expenses. Starting August 1st, Ohio House members who live 60 miles or more from the Ohio Statehouse can get… Read More

New Study Shows Changes In Ohio’s Tax Policy Benefits The Wealthiest Even More Than Before

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Statehouse Republicans have championed recent tax changes, including the elimination of income taxes for those making less than $21,750 a year. But a new report by a liberal leaning think tank shows tax changes recently made by Ohio lawmakers will make the rich richer and will require lower middle class or poor Ohioans to possibly… Read More

Poll Shows Ohioans Favor Legalized Abortion And Gun Restrictions

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A new Quinnipiac University poll shows a majority of Ohioans support background checks for gun sales, favor legalized abortion and oppose one of the most recent state restrictions on it. The poll shows just over half of Ohio voters oppose a ban on abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. It is on a court… Read More

Backers Of Background Checks For Gun Sales Aim To Pass It

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It looks like Ohio voters might get to vote on a proposed law that would expand background checks for firearm sales after all. A previous version of a petition that would start the process of putting it on the ballot to begin had been rejected last month. The Attorney General’s office has certified a revised petition that would be… Read More

U.S. Sen. Brown Blames Trump Administration For Denying Access To Border Facility

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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says he was denied access to a Customs and Border Control detention facility that houses children over the weekend. Brown wanted to see the facilities holding children that some other lawmakers have described as cramped and smelly. Brown is telling reporters he blames top administration officials for wanting to keep… Read More

DeWine Warns Feds: Don’t Use Ohio Facial Data For ICE Raids

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Some states have been asked to provide photos from driver’s licenses so the feds can use facial recognition software for identification and location purposes. Federal immigration officials are ramping up efforts to crack down on people who lack legal residency status. As part of those investigations, some states have been asked to provide photos from… Read More