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Ohio Supreme Court Upholds State School Takeover Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Supreme Court has let stand the law that allows the state to take over failing school districts, starting with the Youngstown City Schools in 2015. By a 5-2 vote, the court disagreed with the Youngstown City Schools, which said the addition of a 67-page amendment on the… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court Reinstates Democratic 94th House District Candidate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Ohio Supreme Court has determined a democratic candidate running in the 94th House District is eligible despite the Athens County Board of Elections disqualifying her over questions of residency. Votes cast for Katie O’Neill, a Nelsonville resident who is running unopposed, will be valid in the Democratic Primary that was extended… Read More

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Court Refuses to Overrule Ruling that Stops Ohio from Closing Abortion Clinics

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A panel of three federal court judges won’t get involved in a dispute over abortion and the state’s coronavirus order regarding elective surgery – which keeps facilities that perform abortions open for now. The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed the state’s request to appeal a federal judge’s ruling preventing it from closing the six Ohio clinics that perform surgical abortions – two of… Read More

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Backers Appeal 4-way Split of Voting Proposal to High Court

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Backers of an effort aimed at updating Ohio’s voting laws appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court, alleging the state ballot board misinterpreted the state’s single subject rule when it severed their proposal into four separate ballot issues. The campaign manager for Ohioans for Secure and Fair Elections said Thursday the group… Read More

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Justices to Decide if Ohio Law Banning Using Guns While Drunk is Constitutional

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The Ohio Supreme Court will decide if a state law that says gun owners can’t use their weapons while drunk is constitutional. “Intoxication in and of itself is not a crime,” said Steve Palmer, who represented Frederick Weber before the Ohio Supreme Court. In 2018, Weber’s wife called the Clermont County Sheriff to report that he… Read More

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In Assault Cases, Parents Must Show Discipline is Reasonable

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court says it’s up to parents or caregivers charged with injuring a child to prove their actions were a form of reasonable discipline. At issue was the 2017 domestic violence and assault conviction of a man for allegedly beating his girlfriend’s son for acting out in school. The… Read More

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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

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Ex-Ohio Elections Chief Brunner Seeks Seat on High Court

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Democrat Jennifer Brunner (BROO’-ner) has announced plans to seek a seat next year on the Ohio Supreme Court as her party tries to wrest control of the high court from Republicans. The 62-year-old Columbus appellate judge joins the race with statewide name recognition. She served a four-year term as secretary of… Read More

Court Says Catholic School Can Challenge Competition Rules

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court is keeping the door open for a court challenge of reforms aimed at leveling the playing field for public and private school sports teams. The court on Tuesday ruled that a Hamilton County judge can properly consider a challenge by a Catholic school athletic league to “competitive… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court Declares FirstEnergy’s Grid Fee Illegal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a 2017 decision by state utility regulators that allowed FirstEnergy to charge an additional fee to be spent toward modernizing the electric grid. In a 4-3 decision Wednesday, the court sided with environmental and consumer groups that had challenged the so-called distribution modernization rider to… Read More

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Abortion Clinic’s Fate in Hands of State’s High Court

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KETTERING, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio abortion clinic’s future is now up to the state’s Supreme Court. Justices will decide whether to hear an appeal by Women’s Med Center, the Dayton area’s last abortion clinic. It continues operating during a long-running licensure dispute. At issue is Women’s Med’s inability to secure the waiver and written… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court Provides $3 Million in Technology Grants

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has announced 47 local court projects are receiving nearly $3 million in technology grants. The grants pay for security improvements and upgrades to case management systems through the Ohio Courts Technology Initiative. This is the fifth year for the grants since O’Connor started the… Read More

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Task Force Looking Into Using Risk Assessments In Bail Process

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The Ohio Supreme Court chief justice is gathering a team of experts to examine the state’s bail system, determining whether or not the system is unfair for people who are arrested but held on expensive bail before they can argue their case. Daniel Dew, with the conservative leaning Buckeye Institute says a high bail can… Read More

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State Defends School Takeover Law in Ohio Supreme Court Case

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state is arguing that lawmakers didn’t violate the Ohio Constitution or a procedural rule when they passed the divisive House Bill 70, which shifted control of poor-performing school districts. The Ohio Supreme Court is considering a case challenging the so-called Youngstown Plan, which puts operational control of such districts in… Read More

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In 2018, Ohio Supreme Court Made Big Decisions On Abortion, Death Penalty

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It was a big year for the Ohio Supreme Court, with decisions on abortion, the death penalty and bobbleheads and the final blow to what had been the state’s largest online charter school. These and others  decisions from the court were some of the stories that made headlines in 2018. One of the biggest rulings… Read More