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Efforts to legalize marijuana in Ohio get new life but faces opposition from top leaders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Some Ohio lawmakers are throwing their support behind an initiated statute that would legalize marijuana for Ohioans ages 21 and older — giving new life to the proposal on 4/20, a day when cannabis enthusiasts celebrate the plant. Rep. Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) said it’s time for Ohio lawmakers to pass… Read More

Steve Dettelbach, candidate for Ohio Attorney General, speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.

Biden nominates a former federal prosecutor and former Ohio AG candidate to lead the ATF as it targets ‘ghost guns’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — President Biden has picked former federal attorney Steve Dettelbach to serve as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as the administration takes new steps to address the scourge of gun violence in America. The nomination comes as the Justice Department pursues regulations targeting so-called ghost guns, weapons… Read More

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The White House says it’s running out of money to cover COVID tests and vaccines

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Next week, the White House says it will start to wind down a COVID-19 program that pays to test, treat and vaccinate people who don’t have health insurance. It’s one of several immediate impacts after Congress declined to add $22.5 billion in funding to a broad government spending bill passed last… Read More

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Biden wants more COVID relief funds. The GOP wants to know where previous relief went

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The White House has asked Congress to approve an additional $22.5 billion to support the nation’s pandemic response. But Republicans in the deeply divided Senate have said they would not authorize additional funding until the White House was able to account for the trillions of dollars Congress has approved thus far…. Read More

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An updated measure in the Ohio House would ban required teaching of systemic racism

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Neither the state nor school districts could require or compel Ohio teachers to affirm a belief in the systemic nature of racism or “the multiplicity or fluidity of gender identities.” That’s according to the latest version of a bill introduced Wednesday in the Ohio House restricting how the topic of racism… Read More

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Ohio Redistricting Commission sets first meeting to redraw legislative maps with deadline looming

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The first meeting of the panel that has been ordered to again draw maps for Ohio House and Senate districts is set for Tuesday morning – with a deadline to produce those maps less than a week away. The announcement of the 10 a.m. meeting of the Ohio Redistricting… Read More

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The Ohio House passes a bill that allows adults to carry concealed guns without permits

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Just after voting to allow teachers and school staff to be armed with only 20 hours of concealed carry and other training, the Ohio House has passed another gun bill. The Republican-backed measure allows adults to carry concealed weapons in public without first having to get licenses for them…. Read More

The dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is seen on November 16, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Biden’s plan to stop surprise medical bills faces bipartisan pushback in Congress

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The detente that allowed Congress to pass a law curbing surprise medical bills has disintegrated. A bipartisan group of 152 lawmakers have been assailing the Biden administration’s plan to regulate the law and medical providers, warning of grim consequences for underserved patients. For years, patients have faced these massive, unexpected bills… Read More

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Does the IRS really want to spy on your bank account? The latest tax fight, explained

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A new fight is brewing over taxes. The Biden administration wants to require banks to provide the Internal Revenue Service with information about how much money flows in and out of individual accounts each year. It’s part of a plan to catch people who might be cheating on their taxes and… Read More

U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell is sworn in to testify to the House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill in Washington

‘This Is How I’m Going To Die’: Police Sergeant Recalls The Terror Of Jan. 6

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WASHINGTON (NPR) — In gripping emotional testimony, U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell recounted the “horrific and devastating” violence of Jan. 6 during the first hearing of the select committee investigating the insurrection. “My fellow officers and I were punched, pushed, kicked, shoved, sprayed with chemical irritants, and even blinded with eye-damaging lasers by a… Read More

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

Portman Says Infrastructure Bill Is Needed And Thinks It Is On Track For Passage

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — After lots of back and forth, Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator says he thinks the bipartisan infrastructure deal he’s been working on with President Biden’s administration will happen. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says he and fellow lawmakers in the bipartisan working group realize the need for money for roads and… Read More

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Women In Government: What Stands In The Way?

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When Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor for President Donald Trump, took the stage at the Ohio Republican Party State dinner the very first topic of discussion was on women in leadership and how to encourage more candidates to run for office. Conway says encouragement is key. “The number one impediment for many women not running… Read More

Lawmaker Wants Clarity In Stand Your Ground Bill

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Republican senators are planning to discuss the possible changes they would like to make to HB228, the so-called “Stand Your Ground” bill which might include more specific language on when to use lethal force in self-defense situations. Sen. Bill Coley (R-West Chester) he wants the bill to clearly state three pillars; an attacker clearly shows an… Read More

Bill To Change How Insurers Deny Treatments Till Others Are Tried Moves Forward

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The bill doesn’t ban so-called “step therapy”, but would allow for exemptions such as if medication causes an allergy or if the patient has already tried the treatment and it didn’t work. Senators have unanimously passed a bipartisan bill that would make changes in the process by which insurance companies deny treatments and drugs until… Read More