2018 Year In Review

Dan Konik

This was the year Ohio saw a dramatic tone shift when it comes to gun policies, with Gov. John Kasich positioning himself against the Legislature. 

Dan Konik

Lawmakers couldn't get the votes to overturn Gov. John Kasich's veto of a bill banning abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected.  But Kasich signed another bill that bans a procedure commonly after 12 weeks gestation. And these were not the only abortion bills lawmakers considered this year.

It was a big year for the Ohio Supreme Court, with decisions on abortion, the death penalty and bobbleheads, and the final blow to what had been the state’s largest online charter school.

In between campaigning and legislating, state lawmakers also found themselves in the middle of some high profile drama and scandal in 2018. 

Dan Konik

Several high-profile bills made their way through the Ohio House and Senate after years of stalemate. However, there were still many other hot button issues that were left untouched. 

Controversial bills involving abortion, gun rights, and pay raises for elected officials passed by lawmakers during the lame duck session.  But those are just a few of the more than 400 bills introduced this year, and just over 70 have been signed into law.