The Ohio Senate and House have approved a bill, HB119, that will ramp up scrutiny of people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. The new review process will require government administrators to review a person’s eligibility every quarter, this is currently an annual process.

Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst, Ohio Municipal League President
Jo Ingles

Ohio’s cities have seen about $450 million in cuts to their local government funds under Gov. John Kasich. The lobby group that represents cities is looking forward to establishing new relationships with Governor-elect Mike DeWine and the incoming legislature. Here's why.

Ohio Statehouse
Statehouse News Bureau

A controversial bill that bans abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected is on its way to Gov. John Kasich. Overnight, the Ohio House passed the bill 53-32 with changes made by the Senate Tuesday.

Andy Chow

The Ohio House and Senate worked to pass a pay raise for themselves and other state and local government officials before the end of the year by attaching the measure to a bill, SB296, that would increase benefits for families of first responders who died on the job.

Ohio House of Representatives
Jo Ingles

The Ohio House has passed a bill 62 to 27 that bans a surgical procedure commonly used in abortions. The second abortion related bill to pass in this lame duck session, following the six-week abortion ban called the “Heartbeat Bill”.

Protestors in the Ohio Senate chambers
Jo Ingles

The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that bans abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected. But the vote was short by what lawmakers need to override an expected veto.

Andy Chow

The Ohio House has passed a bill, SB51, full of projects the lawmakers wanted approved before the end of the year. The so-called “Christmas Tree” bill, includes millions of dollars for different repairs and developments. 

Gov. John Kasich (left), Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) all spoke at the unveiling of the permanent display of Ohio's two constitutions at the Statehouse in November. But they did not appear together.
Karen Kasler

As state lawmakers race toward the end of this lame duck legislative session, they’ve been considering two bills that Gov. John Kasich opposes – the six-week “Heartbeat Bill” abortion ban and the “Stand Your Ground” self-defense bill.  And if he vetoes them as promised, lawmakers would have to come back to vote on them again during the holiday break.

Andy Chow

Community organizers are rallying against the resolution that would make it harder for citizens to put an issue on the statewide ballot. They say the measure would deliver a huge blow to democracy. 

Adora Namigadde

State lawmakers have proposed sending $15 million to the Columbus Crew to help build their new stadium in an effort to ensure the team could never be moved without striking a deal with government leaders.