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Ohio House Democrats To Pick New Leaders After Speaker Battle Fallout

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Ohio House Democrats will pick a new leadership team next week, more than a week after their leader resigned in the fallout from the battle over which Republican would be Speaker. Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) resigned on Friday, after voting for now-former Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell), who lost the overall House vote to Speaker Larry Householder… Read More

Ohio Panel OKs Measure Rejecting Claim Connecticut Was First In Flight

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An Ohio House panel has approved a resolution rejecting Connecticut’s insistence that one of its aviators beat the Wright brothers to the first successful airplane flight by two years. The Ohio House Transportation Committee okayed the measure by an 11-0 vote Tuesday. Its next stop is the full House. The measure repudiates Connecticut’s claim that… Read More

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Updated Charter School Regulations Clear Ohio House

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The Ohio House has approved a bill cracking down on low-performing Ohio charter schools and imposing a host of new accountability standards on sponsors. The legislation cleared the chamber in a 70-25 vote Thursday. It heads next to the Ohio Senate. It calls for additional financial, enrollment and attendance reporting from charter school sponsors and… Read More

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House Again OKs ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban; Senate Fate Dim

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A ban on most abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat has once again cleared the Ohio House, leaving the rest of the two-year session for advocates to lobby the bill’s opponents in the Ohio Senate. Wednesday’s approval followed a startlingly emotional floor debate in which one veteran female lawmaker revealed she’d been raped and… Read More

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Ohio House Passes Legal Protection For Skilled Volunteers

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The Ohio House has passed a bill that gives legal protection to certain volunteers who provide service and expertise during emergencies. The measure gives architects, engineers, surveyors and tradespersons immunity from civil liability for errors or omissions that may occur while performing services during times of declared emergency. Ohio law doesn’t currently provide protection against… Read More

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Ohio Bill Would Expand Access To Drug Overdose Antidote

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An Ohio bill would expand the availability of a drug overdose antidote being used across the state to save addicts on the brink of death. The legislation is aimed at reducing the state’s record-high number of fatal overdoses from heroin and painkillers, now the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, surpassing car crashes. The… Read More