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The ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse
Sam Aberle

This year’s Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse was Gov. Mike DeWine’s first as Governor.

The US Supreme Court has issued a stay that says Ohio and Michigan don’t have to draw up new Congressional district maps until after two rulings expected next month. 

House Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Andy Chow

Opponents are outraged over changes made to the so-called “clean air” bill approved by a House committee. The legislation subsidizes nuclear and coal plants, repeals required support for renewable energy, and strips the ability for wind and solar to receive credits. 

Sciotodowns.com

Ohio racehorses have traditionally been identified by a lip tattoo or a brand. But in recent years, many horse owners have opted to use electronic chips instead. Those chips are not officially recognized under the state’s racing rules. Here's what is happening to make sure those horses can race in Ohio.

Perry Nuclear Power Plant
Andy Chow

The Ohio House has dramatically changed the comprehensive energy bill that would bailout the state’s nuclear power plants and repeal alternative energy mandates. 

Jody Davis, testifies at the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of SB11. She shares stories of discrimination as a transgender woman.
Andy Chow

Several people identifying as LGBT went before a Senate committee to tell their stories of discrimination. They want lawmakers to approve a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the state’s anti-discrimination law. 

Democrats talk about their gun bills
Jo Ingles

Numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Highway Patrol show 430 more people died from gun related deaths in 2017 than in car accidents.  Lawmakers have different ideas on what should be done to make Ohioans safer while insuring their constitutional rights to bear arms.

Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) talks to reporters in April 2019.
Andy Chow

Gov. Mike DeWine is urging state lawmakers to end the time limit on criminal charges for rape and sexual assault, which Democrats have been proposing for years.  And the leader of the Ohio House says there’s a chance that will happen.

Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and Assistant Minority Leader Kristin Boggs announce the latest round of priority legislation.
Statehouse News Bureau

For the third time in three weeks, Republicans and Democrats in the Ohio House have teamed up to announce legislation they’re working on that they consider priorities.

Emily Legg and Secretary of State Frank LaRose after unveiling her winning "I Voted" sticker design.
Ohio Secretary of State's Office

A design from a central Ohio high school senior will be on stickers handed out to voters starting later this year. The winner was picked in an online contest after 2,000 designs were submitted by 6th to 12th grade students.

Abortion protest at Ohio Statehouse
Sam Aberle

Supporters of legal abortion rallied in state capitals throughout the nation earlier today. And some of them protested at the Ohio Statehouse.

A trail along Clifton Gorge found in John Bryan State Park located in Yellow Springs.
Andy Chow

A group of experts is working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources by taking a close look at Ohio’s 75 state parks to find out what kind of improvements can be made. 

Dan Konik

A large rebate is likely in the future for about 200,000 employers in Ohio. The state’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation hopes to send $1.5 billion back to companies that pay premiums. 

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (Republican)
Sam Aberle

Gov. Mike DeWine has signed an executive order, establishing a group to look into how the state medical board handled allegations of sexual abuse by former Ohio State University Dr. Richard Strauss. 

Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper
Jo Ingles

The clock is ticking toward the deadline for Ohio lawmakers to redraw a new congressional district map that can be used for the 2020 election. A federal court has given the state until June 14th to do that but Republican Attorney General Dave Yost’s office is appealing the decision. Democrats are excited about the prospect of possibly having new maps in time for next November’s elections.

ODP Legacy dinner in Columbus
Jo Ingles

The “blue wave” that some states experienced last year didn’t sweep Ohio, as Republicans won big. But the top Democrat in Congress says she’s not ready to write Ohio off. 

Karen Kasler

A deduction that allows many small businesses to take the first quarter-million dollars of their income tax-free was cut back significantly in the House version of the budget. But Senators may not vote to keep that tax break.

Legislative leaders talk about bipartisan bills
Sam Aberle, Statehouse News Bureau intern

For the second time in one week, Republicans and Democrats in the Ohio House have come together to support bills they agree upon. 

Bridge2Equality rally outside Ohio Statehouse
Sam Aberle

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Ohio Statehouse earlier today to support a proposed wage increase for workers who assist individuals with disabilities.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
Jo Ingles

Lawmakers in the Ohio House continue to debate a bill that would bail out the state’s two financially struggling nuclear power plants. Earlier this week, some Democrats walked out of a committee hearing, saying their concerns were not being heard. 

Democratic members of the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee left during testimony on House Bill 6, calling it a "stunt committee meeting". They returned more than an hour later.
Karen Kasler

There's an apparent partisan split over what supporters call the Clean Air Bill and opponents label a nuclear power plant bailout.

ACLU talks about its lawsuit
Sam Aberle, Statehouse News Bureau

More than a month after Gov. Mike DeWine signed one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, a lawsuit has been filed in federal court to stop it from taking effect in July. It bans abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

Executions are carried out at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
Daniel Konik

The Ohio Supreme Court has added a new inmate to the execution schedule – though Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed four executions until a new way to carry them out is developed.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Andy Chow

The state’s two U.S. Senators are teaming up to encourage federal contractors to put more effort into buying American-made products. 

Tony Podojil of the Alliance for High Quality Education (left) stands alongside Republican former U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi of Columbus, who now heads the Ohio Business Roundtable. That group supports the graduation requirements proposal.
Karen Kasler

The plan from business coalitions, higher-wealth districts and a charter schools group combines 20 credits of coursework, good final scores on basic high school English and math tests, and college or career prep.

Backers of abortion pill reversal bill
Jo Ingles

A new bill at the Ohio Statehouse would require doctors to provide information to women receiving a medication abortion on how they could reverse the procedure. 

Daniel Konik

The two year state budget has passed the House and is now in the hands of the Senate. And the head of the committee that is looking it over says he has some concerns about the spending in it.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
Andy Chow

A bill in the U.S. Senate is seeking to provide more financial help for children who become victims of the opioid crisis and the families who take those children in.

Ohio House Leaders
Jo Ingles

The leaders of Republicans and Democrats in the Ohio House are coming together to sponsor priority legislation for this general assembly. That’s a departure from previous sessions, when each caucus announced their priorities separately.

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and House clerks work on HB166, state budget bill.
Andy Chow

Among the many provisions in the two-year state budget bill, HB166, that proposes $69 billion in spending is a change to electric companies and how their profits from ratepayers is regulated. 

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