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Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy Seeks Re-election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy says she will seek re-election next year. In a statement shared by the Ohio Republican Party, the 57-year-old Kennedy noted she has worked in the justice system for over three decades, including as a police officer and magistrate in Butler County. She was elected to the state’s… Read More

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Future of Nuclear Bailout Law Could Depend on Ohio Supreme Court

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The window has closed for parties to file in the Ohio Supreme Court case over whether the new energy law, HB6, can be subject to a citizen referendum. The energy law bails out nuclear and subsidizes coal plants through rate increases. Attorneys for FirstEnergy Solutions argue that those rate increases should be considered tax increases. State… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court Keeps Camera Challenge Alive

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Supreme Court has rejected Toledo’s motion to dismiss a challenge to how the city handles appeals of citations related to camera-captured traffic violations. The high court recently rejected the motion to dismiss a challenge by Susan Magsig, of Woodville. The Toledo Blade reports Magsig received a citation alleging a camera held by… Read More

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Arguments Set for Case of Ohio Gun Owner Drunk Inside House

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments in February to decide whether a law prohibiting gun owners from carrying firearms while intoxicated should be applied inside a gun owner’s home. Lawyers for a Clermont County man arrested in 2018 after he acknowledged having an unloaded shotgun while drunk say the law… Read More

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Ohio High Court Again Refuses to Hear Abortion Clinic Appeal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Dayton area’s last abortion clinic is trying to avoid closure by pursuing a new state license and intervention by a federal court after the Ohio Supreme Court again refused to hear its appeal. That court decision Tuesday meant Women’s Med Center faced losing its license for not meeting certain state… Read More

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Ohio High Court Hears Case on School ‘Takeovers’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court has heard arguments in a legal fight over how the state intervenes in repeatedly poor-performing school districts. At issue is a state law that shifted operational control of such districts from locally elected boards to unelected CEOs. The Youngstown school board and school employees’ unions argued Wednesday… Read More

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Home Rule In Ohio – Under Attack Or Reined In?

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The home rule provision was added to the Ohio constitution by voters in 1912, and the struggles between local officials and state lawmakers have raged almost since then. In recent years, state laws colliding with local ordinances on guns, fracking, traffic cameras, residency and construction projects have come for resolution to the Ohio Supreme Court. In 2009, assistant attorney general Benjamin Mizer argued before the… Read More

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Court Upholds Police Stop Based on Mismatched Vehicle Color

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a police officer’s vehicle stop based on the car’s color not matching vehicle-registration records. The court ruled 6-1 Wednesday that the officer had a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity based on his experience that such a discrepancy often meant a vehicle was… Read More

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City Asks Ohio Supreme Court to Reconsider Local Hiring Laws

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Cleveland has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to reconsider its decision invalidating the city’s local hiring law for construction projects. The city filed its motion Friday and the state filed an objection Monday. The court in a 4-3 decision in September said the Legislature has authority to enact laws invalidating Cleveland’s… Read More

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State Supreme Court Offers New Learning Program for Schools

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Supreme Court is offering a new learning program that allows high school students to see how the court operates without leaving their classrooms. The court’s Civic Education Section recently unveiled “Under Advisement: Ohio Supreme Court Cases on Demand.” A court release says the program provides teachers with lesson plans developed… Read More