Kyger Creek OVEC coal plant in Gallia County
Andy Chow

Leaders from Ohio's largest energy companies made their argument to state lawmakers why electric company ratepayers should have to continue to send hundreds of millions of dollars to coal plants.

Some members of the OLBC at their press event: (L-R): Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron), Sen. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus), Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton), Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland), Rep. Paula Hicks Hudson (D-Toledo) and Sen. Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland).
Ohio Channel

State offices are closed for this first-ever commemoration of the federal holiday of Juneteenth. And some state lawmakers are hoping new awareness about that day and other moments in history will have an effect on other bills.

The JACK Cleveland casino, one of Ohio's four casinos that will be permitted to have sports betting under the Senate bill.
Karen Kasler

The sports gambling bill that passed overwhelmingly in the Ohio Senate this week is already running into problems. The language in it could potentially lock out some of the entities that hoped to control sports gambling in the first place.

Karen Kasler

The state budget process began during the pandemic, when schools and businesses were closed, unemployment numbers were at double digits, and terrifying predictions of death tolls were circulating. A year later, the state and Ohioans are flush with federal COVID relief money, so the budget picture has changed a lot.

Former Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) talks to reporters after the House voted to expel him.
Karen Kasler

In a historic vote, the Ohio House has removed a former Speaker who was re-elected to his seat last fall, after he was arrested in what's considered the largest bribery case ever in Ohio government.

A view of the interior of the JACK Cleveland casino
Karen Kasler

The Ohio Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill legalizing sports gambling, overseen by the Casino Control Commission. The House will now consider the bill, but has wanted the Ohio Lottery to control sports betting.

Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) speaks to reporters at a press conference unveiling the Senate's version of the two-year state budget.
Karen Kasler

Republicans in the Senate have added to their budget a provision that could directly affect the upcoming process to draw new maps for a 15-member Congressional delegation – down from 16 – and the Ohio House and Senate.

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford), former House Speaker, testifies against resolution to expel him from Ohio House.
Andy Chow

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford), who faces federal corruption charges, testified before a House panel to argue against a move to expel him from the Ohio House.

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Advocates for low-income Ohioans are urging lawmakers to take what they call a harmful provision out of the state budget bill. An amendment added by the Senate would impose asset limits for people using federal assistance for groceries, often referred to as food stamps.

Kids walk to class in the hallway of Worthington Kilbourne High School. All students will be back in the district's schools for in-person learning starting March 22.
Dan Konik

Groups representing Ohio’s school boards, school administrators and school financial officials are raising serious concerns about the Senate’s version of the budget, which blew up the $1.8 billion school funding formula overhaul in the House budget.