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Plans to change the logo the state uses on handicap accessible signs have been put on hold. The transportation budget that just went into effect had required ODOT to use a new logo.

Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee meets in  the Senate Building to discuss changes to HB6.
Dan Konik

A new version of the comprehensive energy bill, HB6, was introduced in the Ohio Senate on Monday that would charge residential ratepayers $0.85 a month on their electric bills to bail out the state's two nuclear power plants.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
Statehouse News Bureau

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says he was denied access to a Customs and Border Control detention facility that houses children over the weekend. Brown wanted to see the facilities holding children that some other lawmakers have described as cramped and smelly. Brown is telling reporters he blames top administration officials for wanting to keep him from seeing inhumane treatment there.

Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville, third from right) shakes hands with Rep. Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) at the first meeting of the budget conference committee on June 25.
Karen Kasler

Budget talks between leaders of the House and Senate are being described as very positive with solid progress moving forward, but a deadline is coming Wednesday.

Gov. Mike DeWine talks to reporters after a meeting of the Ohio Expositions Commission.
Karen Kasler

The opening of the Ohio State Fair next week will mark two years since a fairgoer died when a ride fell apart.

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Ohio’s Attorney General has set up a new system to help consumers find reputable contractors to do work on their homes. 

Gov. Mike DeWine speaking at a meeting of the Ohio Jail Advisory Board.
Andy Chow

Gov. Mike DeWine says the state is keeping a close eye on the Cuyahoga County jail system and the problems it’s had with inmate deaths and use of force, but adds that fixing those problems might require looking at the bigger picture.

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Ohio has its first confirmed case of measles this year. In fact, it’s the first confirmed case in Ohio since 2017. And the patient in this case was infected outside of the state.

Ohio Department of Public Safety

Some states have been asked to provide photos from driver’s licenses so the feds can use facial recognition software for identification and location purposes. 

Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville) is one of three Senators and four Republicans on the six member conference committee.
Karen Kasler

It’s almost two weeks into the state’s new budget year, and there’s still no permanent two-year operating budget.

Federal Hocking Superintendent George Wood and former Gov. Ted Strickland look at an image of the middle/high school’s roof with the solar arrays.
Andy Chow

Federal Hocking Local Schools flipped the switch on its new solar energy installation that will provide about 700 kilowatts of renewable energy, making up about 70% of the school building’s energy use.

Karen Kasler

Gov. Mike DeWine has appointed a task force to consider the future of the Ohio State Fairgrounds, just three miles away from downtown Columbus. The annual state fair brings together agriculture, rides and fried food on July 24, but that’s only one of the things at stake.

SMARTCENTER site
Dan Konik

Ohio has opened its newly built SMARTCENTER, a connected vehicle testing facility near Marysville. The operation is being billed as the largest independent automotive proving ground in North America. 

Karen Kasler

The state is giving farmers another opportunity to apply for loans as they deal with severe weather and flooding that has kept many farmers from planting their crops. 

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted
Dan Konik

Ohio has been operating under a temporary budget for a week and a half. Lawmakers didn’t pass a new permanent two-year budget by the June 30th deadline because they still disagree on some key sticking points. One top elected official who once led the Ohio House isn't too concerned about the budget stalemate.

Karen Kasler

The state’s Democratic former attorney general and a former reporter are dropping a lawsuit they filed against Ohio’s largest public pension fund. But they say they’re just getting started in trying to find answers to questions about all five funds.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cleveland
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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has told House Democrats that county officials are prepared to successfully administer elections no matter what the day. LaRose's message is in response to a letter from House member expressing concerns about potentially changing the date of the 2020 Presidential Primary to March 17, St. Patrick's Day.

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As the state’s budget crisis drags on into a second week, a resolution has been introduced in the legislature that declares pornography a public health crisis. One fifth of representatives in the Republican-dominated House, all conservative Republicans, have signed onto it.

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A gun safety group has resubmitted petition language that would call for the Ohio General Assembly to pass a bill that would expand background checks for guns purchased online and at gun shows.

Office of Budget Management Director Kimberly Murnieks with Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted as the administration rolled out its budget proposal in March.
Karen Kasler

The Ohio Office of Budget Management is instructing state agency directors to keep a close watch on their spending during the 17-day budget extension.

Rep. Candice Keller (R-Middletown)
Ohio Legislature

The Butler County Democratic Party wants the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee, the state panel that deals with ethical violation of lawmakers, to investigate Republican Rep. Candice Keller (R-Middletown), saying she potentially violated ethics rules by sponsoring a bill which would directly benefit an anti-abortion women’s health center she runs in southwest Ohio. 

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The state is starting a new program with local governments and school districts to improve cybersecurity throughout Ohio. The goal is to enhance every digital network no matter the size of the agency.

Protestors unfurl sign as House approves "Heartbeat Bill"
Jo Ingles

Ohio is operating on a budget extension since lawmakers failed to pass a new two-year state budget by the constitutionally mandated June 30th deadline. Some Democrats are whether time that was spent on a controversial abortion law recently put on hold by a federal court could have been used better hammering out details of the state budget.

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A federal court has granted an injunction to prevent a new law restricting nearly all abortions from going into effect. The so called, “Heartbeat Bill,” which bans abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected, was set to go into effect next week. 

Used fireworks
Andy Chow

A coalition of health and safety organizations is urging people to stop shooting off fireworks and to leave the festivities to the professionals. 

The Ohio Automobile Association (AAA) predicts a record 49 million people will be traveling for the 4th of July holiday. That includes 2.1 million Ohioans. Drivers are likely to face a little frustration because there’s a lot of constructions on Ohio’s roadways right now.

State Rep. Candice Keller (R)
Ohio Legislature

The leader of the Ohio Democratic Party is criticizing a bill to give tax credits to people who donate to non-profit pregnancy crisis centers that steer women away from abortion. A co-sponsor of the bill operates one of the more than 100 centers around the state.

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Ohio’s laws on fireworks can be confusing. You can legally buy products in Ohio that you cannot legally use here. Lawmakers have debated bills to change that but, so far, they haven’t made it through the full legislative process. Here's the lowdown on what’s legal and what’s not.

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While the new statewide gas tax went into effect July 1, there are more rules in the transportation budget that go into effect tomorrow. Restrictions on red light cameras are among them.

Inside the Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, OH
Dan Konik

FirstEnergy Solutions says it will continue its plans to deactivate and decommission Ohio's two nuclear power plants since lawmakers were not able to pass a bail out measure before the June 30 deadline. However, the energy company says there’s still time to reverse course.

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