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Democrats Question Time Spent On Abortion Bills Instead Of Budget

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Ohio is operating on a budget extension since lawmakers failed to pass a new two-year state budget by the constitutionally mandated June 30th deadline. Some Democrats are whether time that was spent on a controversial abortion law recently put on hold by a federal court could have been used better hammering out details of the state budget…. Read More

AAA Predicts Record Traffic for 4th of July Holiday

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The Ohio Automobile Association (AAA) predicts a record 49 million people will be traveling for the 4th of July holiday. That includes 2.1 million Ohioans. Drivers are likely to face a little frustration because there’s a lot of constructions on Ohio’s roadways right now. Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Press Secretary Matt Bruning says there… Read More

Questions Raised About House Member And Bill She Supports

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The leader of the Ohio Democratic Party is criticizing a bill to give tax credits to people who donate to non-profit pregnancy crisis centers that steer women away from abortion. A co-sponsor of the bill operates one of the more than 100 centers around the state. The bill would give people fully-refundable tax credits for the amount they give… Read More

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The Legal Lowdown On Fireworks In Ohio

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Ohio’s laws on fireworks can be confusing. You can legally buy products in Ohio that you cannot legally use here. Lawmakers have debated bills to change that but, so far, they haven’t made it through the full legislative process. Here’s the lowdown on what’s legal and what’s not. You can buy the big boom fireworks in Ohio,… Read More

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Bill Would Require School Districts To Designate Valedictorians

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Some high schools throughout Ohio have decided not to name valedictorians at graduation. But one state lawmaker is proposing a bill that would require schools to name at least one valedictorian or salutatorian. Republican Representative Niraj Antani ‘s bill would allow districts to determine the criteria, but he says requiring at least one valedictorian would create competition…. Read More

Ohio’s Libraries Weathered The Storm And Are Now Helping With Relief Efforts

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When storms ravaged parts of Ohio during Memorial Day weekend, several libraries were forced to close their doors for a short time. Those facilities are back in operation. And many libraries are serving in relief efforts now. The Ohio Library Council’s Michelle Francis says some libraries in Green, Montgomery and Mercer counties lost power or… Read More

Ohio Legislature Considering An Abortion Bill That Is More Restrictive Than The “Heartbeat Bill”

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A new bill would ban most private insurance coverage for abortions. But opponents say it would also ban effective methods of birth control. One fifth of the representatives in the House have signed on to a bill sponsored by Republican John Becker that would prohibit most insurance companies from offering coverage for abortion services. “The intent is to save… Read More

New School Funding Formula Shelved For Now

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For weeks now, a bipartisan school funding plan from two state representatives say would reduce reliance on property taxes has been debated but it’s not funded in the proposed House budget. House Speaker Larry Householder says he’s encouraged Republican Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and Democrat John Patterson (D-Ashtabula) to continue to work on their plan. “I would like… Read More

Ohio’s Top Elections Official Wants Automatic Voter Registration

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Ohio’s top elections official says it’s already easy to vote in Ohio but he says wants to make it even easier. Here’s what he wants to do. Right now, when you get your Ohio driver’s license, you can register to vote or update your registration. Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose is asking a bipartisan group of… Read More

Bill Would Ban Child Drag Performances

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Social media posts from groups in Lancaster have been abuzz for weeks following a child’s performance in a drag queen show at a local bar. Now the state lawmaker who represents that area has introduced a bill that he says will keep that from happening again. The bill by Republican Rep. Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) would prohibit a performance in which a child simulates… Read More