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Ohio Bill Would Erase Time Limits, Loophole in Cases of Rape

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – State senators in Ohio are debating a proposal to lift the statute of limitations on rape. It would also close a loophole that allows rape inside marriage to go unpunished. During Senate hearings that began Wednesday, Democratic co-sponsor Sen. Nickie Antonio, of Lakewood, said Ohio’s current rape laws don’t account for… Read More

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New Bill Would Completely Ban Abortions in Ohio

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A new bill outlaws all abortions and subjects medical professionals who facilitate in the procedure to possible murder charges. This bill legally recognizes a fetus as a human. It would remove all authorizations for abortions in to take place in Ohio. The legislation, which is being sponsored by 21 of the 99 Ohio House members,… Read More

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice

Justice Calls Lawmakers Back to Capitol for Special Session

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is calling lawmakers back for another special legislative session. The Republican governor on Thursday issued a proclamation to have the legislature take up bills dealing with tourism tax credits, expunging DUI offenses and the state road fund on Monday. The governor already had lawmakers reconvene for… Read More

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina, left) stands alongside Gov. Mike DeWine during DeWine's first State of the State speech in March.

DeWine Pours Out Details of H2Ohio Water Quality Program

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Gov. Mike DeWine has released details of his plan to improve water quality in Ohio, starting with preventing toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie.  The H2Ohio program will start in the Maumee River watershed near Toledo but he wants to eventually broaden it to rest of the state. DeWine said agricultural runoff is the biggest contributor… Read More

Senate President Larry Obhof and House Speaker Larry Householder

Speaker Admits Frustration On Priority Bills, But Senate Says They’re “Moving Fine”

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One of the Ohio House’s top agenda items known as priority bills was passed in the Senate on Wednesday. But Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) said he’s still frustrated with the pace of legislation moving from his chamber through to the other one. Householder said there’s not tension with fellow Republican leaders in the Senate, but ‘frustration”…. Read More

Josh Mandel

Future of Ohio Bitcoin Program, Deemed Illegal, in Limbo

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Resuming Ohio’s attempt to allow cryptocurrency in certain tax payments is up in the air after the state’s top lawyer found a Bitcoin program launched by the former state treasurer was illegal. Republican Attorney General Dave Yost found then-Treasurer Josh Mandel skirted state law when he launched the OhioCrypto.com website last… Read More

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Bill Would Require Ohio Pharmacists Be Educated About Naloxone Law

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Ohio law permits pharmacists to give the overdose drug Naloxone without a prescription to people who deal with those with an opioid use disorder. But one state lawmaker says many pharmacists are not doing that. Democratic Sen. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) is sponsoring a bill that would require the State Board of Pharmacy to educate pharmacists about… Read More

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Lawmakers Propose Regulating Herbal Supplement Kratom

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Rep. Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) is proposing a bill, HB318, that would create an inspection and certification process for companies wanting to sell Kratom, an herbal supplement commonly found in powder and capsule form. Kratom is an herb found on trees in southeast Asia, known to be used as an alternative to coffee and for pain… Read More

Senate President Larry Obhof

Ohio Senate President Pledges Action on Drug Sentencing Bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The leader of the Ohio Senate is pledging to take action by year’s end on a bill designed to reduce low-level drug possessions to misdemeanors and increase penalties for drug dealers. The legislation is part of a long-running attempt by lawmakers to reduce Ohio’s prison population. Senate President Larry Obhof, a… Read More