Supporters of the "Heartbeat Bill" chanted outside the Ohio House chamber before the vote.
Karen Kasler

For the third time, a bill that bans abortion from the point a fetal heartbeat is detected has passed the Ohio House and Senate.  But this time will likely be the last for what's been called the "Heartbeat Bill", because Gov. Mike DeWine says he’ll sign it into law. 

Certificates of votes signed in December 2018 by Ohio's 18 electors after they voted to award them to Donald Trump, who won Ohio by 8 points.
Karen Kasler

A proposal to allow Ohioans to decide whether the state’s 18 electoral votes should go to the winner of the national popular vote has vanished, just a week after the Presidential Election Popular Vote Amendment first surfaced.

An illustration from the Piglet Book, a report issued in budget years highlighting where the Buckeye Institute thinks lawmakers could find savings.
The Buckeye Institute

A conservative think tank has put out a list of ways it thinks Gov. Mike DeWine is wasting $2.5 billion in his proposed budget. They're listed in the latest edition of what’s called the Piglet Book.

A sports betting board in Las Vegas, NV
Brian P Gielczyk/shutterstock.com

Two state representatives have introduced a bill to legalize and regulate sports gambling, now that the US Supreme Court has said states can do that. If it passes, sports betting would be limited at first, but could someday be offered in surprising venues.

Voters cast ballots at Franklin County's early vote center in Columbus in 2018.
Karen Kasler

Today is the first day of early voting for the May primary – which means yesterday was the last day to register to vote. And though turnout in off-year primaries is especially low, there may be those who will try to vote but find they’ve been removed from the rolls. 

Packed Ohio House Committee Room
Jo Ingles

Tomorrow, the full Ohio House will vote on a ban on abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. It's been renamed the "Human Rights Protection Act" but has commonly been known as the Heartbeat Bill over the five times lawmakers have considered it.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on South Dakota v. Wayfair in June 2018.
Steve Heap/Shutterstock.com

State lawmakers have said they want an income tax cut in the upcoming budget, but Gov. Mike DeWine wants them to invest big money in children’s initiatives and the opioid crisis. So that has some looking in and out of state for money so they can do both.

Jaime Miracle, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio
Statehouse News Bureau

An Ohio House committee is set to hear a bill tomorrow that would ban elective abortions as early as six weeks of pregnancy. Opponents of that legislation are concerned about changes in what's been known as the "Heartbeat Bill".  

FirstEnergy Solutions

FirstEnergy Solutions, which runs coal and nuclear plants in Ohio, is working on a new bankruptcy proposal after a federal judge denied their initial filing.

Statehouse News Bureau

Now that spring is finally here, Ohio’s road crews will be fixing potholes and pavement damaged over the winter. 

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