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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

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Governor Says ‘No Executions’ Without Court-Backed Drugs

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Recent statements and actions by Gov. Mike DeWine suggest Ohio could go years without executing another death row inmate. Last month, the Republican governor ordered the prison system to come up with a new lethal drug protocol after a federal judge’s scathing critique of the first drug in Ohio’s method. Last week, DeWine… Read More

Advanced Energy Group Says Revisiting Renewable Standards Creates Uncertainty

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Advocates for renewable and alternative energy sources are calling on Ohio lawmakers to create consistency when it comes to the state’s green energy policies. They say Ohio falls behind other states when legislators keep revisiting the renewable energy standards. Advanced Energy Economy’s Ray Fakhoury says the market is trending toward the use of renewable and… Read More

Democrats Blast DeWine Gas Tax Hike, But He Says It’s Necessary

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Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has found himself in a tough position right at the start of his administration – having to raise a tax that hits most Ohioans. And Democrats have pounced on him for it. During last fall’s campaign for governor, Republican Mike DeWine ran tough ads – one claimed Richard Cordray would “raise taxes… Read More

State Lawmakers Mulling Over Impact Of Gas Tax Increase

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Gov. Mike DeWine says raising the gas tax from 28-cents a gallon to 46-cents a gallon will help fill a $1 billion construction budget shortfall, but the proposal has led to a debate over how it will impact Ohioans. Democratic lawmakers and left-leaning groups are concerned a gas tax will disproportionately hurt poor people. “Gas… Read More

Senate President Larry Obhof

Senate President Says “Heartbeat Bill” Will Pass His Chamber Next Month

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The so-called Heartbeat Bill abortion ban is on its fifth try through the legislature, after being passed and vetoed in the lame duck session. But it’s been introduced in both the House and Senate this time, and Gov. Mike DeWine says he’ll sign it. And it’s expected to move quickly. “We are going to pass… Read More

Politicians React To Proposed Gas Tax Increase

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COLUMBUS (AP) — The recommendation by Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration to increase Ohio’s gas tax by 18 cents a gallon beginning July 1 with annual adjustments for inflation to maintain roads and bridges has drawn some mixed reactions. A senior policy analyst for the County Commissioners Association of Ohio, said Thursday the association supports the… Read More

Ohio To Readjust Food Stamp Distribution Again This Month And Next

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Last month, Ohio issued food stamp benefits for February to low income Ohioans. The idea was to get needy families the assistance up front so they wouldn’t go hungry due to the federal government shutdown. But now, families are finding it hard to stretch those dollars into March. So the state is making another adjustment…. Read More

Senate President Pushes Back On Report Blaming Lawmakers For Prison Population

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A report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio says nearly one in eight bills introduced by state lawmakers either creates a new crime or expands sentences. But the leader in the Senate is pushing back on claims that lawmakers are to blame. Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) said criminal sentencing reform is one of his… Read More