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Bill Would Bar Death Penalty If ‘Serious Mental Illness’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill now in Ohio’s legislature would allow people convicted of aggravated murder to avoid the death penalty if they’re found to have had a “serious mental illness” at the time of the offense. Republican Rep. Brett Hudson Hillyer, of Uhrichsville, sponsored the bill. He has said the death penalty should… Read More

Ex-Ohio House Speaker Bought $330K Home Amid FBI Probe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s former House speaker purchased a $330,000 house since resigning amid a federal investigation. County records show Republican Cliff Rosenberger’s new 3,249-square-foot, four-bedroom home sits on a quarter acre in Warren County. The Dayton Daily News reports Rosenberger’s 2018 financial disclosure form listed no income sources beyond the legislative job he… Read More

ACLU Sues Over Ohio’s “Heartbeat Bill” Six-Week Abortion Ban

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The ACLU has filed a lawsuit to challenge Ohio’s “Heartbeat Bill”, a ban on abortion at the first detection of a fetal heartbeat. That can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The law was signed in April, but wouldn’t take effect for three months. The ACLU of Ohio’s Legal Director, Freda Levenson,… Read More

Speaker: Bevin Still Lacks House Votes For His Pension Bill

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky House’s speaker says the governor still lacks the votes in the Republican-led House to pass his pension-relief proposal in a potential special legislative session. Speaker David Osborne told reporters Wednesday that some House members haven’t reached a “comfort level” with the proposal offered by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. The speaker… Read More

Candidates File Precandidacy Papers for W.Va. Supreme Court

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Candidates are starting to line up for Supreme Court races next year in West Virginia. Three seats are up for grabs on May 12, 2020. Justice Margaret Workman’s 12-year term ends next year. Former House speaker Tim Armstead won a special election in November and is completing the 12-year term through… Read More

West Virginia Lawmakers to Reconvene Next Week on Education

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia lawmakers will reconvene next week in a special session on education. House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw and Senate President Mitch Carmichael announced Monday that the special session will resume at 2 p.m. May 20. The brief announcement did not include an agenda or how long the session would… Read More

Ohio Legislature Considering An Abortion Bill That Is More Restrictive Than The “Heartbeat Bill”

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A new bill would ban most private insurance coverage for abortions. But opponents say it would also ban effective methods of birth control. One fifth of the representatives in the House have signed on to a bill sponsored by Republican John Becker that would prohibit most insurance companies from offering coverage for abortion services. “The intent is to save… Read More

GOP Leaders: Bevin Lacks Votes to Pass Pension Bill in House

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Some top Republican lawmakers in Kentucky say GOP Gov. Matt Bevin hasn’t lined up enough votes yet to pass his pension bill in an expected special legislative session. House Majority Floor Leader John “Bam” Carney said Monday that Bevin is getting closer to gaining enough support. But Carney says the governor… Read More

Business Groups Blast Change In House Budget As Tax Increase

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Business groups are blasting the House version of the budget for a change it makes to a controversial tax deduction – the one that allows many small businesses to take the first quarter million dollars of their income tax free. The change would drop that income threshold to $100,000. Tony Long at the Ohio Chamber… Read More