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Jo Ingles

The underdog Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate wants cities throughout Ohio to determine their own gun laws. He’s proposing changing the state’s constitution to allow home rule on gun control.

Joshua Lim - Scripps Intern

Abortion is once again a front burner issue at the Statehouse right now. Lawmakers are taking action to defund Planned Parenthood and increase requirements for abortion providers.

Karen Kasler

As committees led by Republicans considered bills related to abortion and guns, Democrats are drawing attention to their bills on economic and educational issues that they say are being ignored. 

Hearings have ended and now it’s up to state regulators to decide if the so-called coal plant bailout for two electric utilities should be approved. 

Liesl Bonneau, OGT

A huge bill that passed the House unanimously makes a big change in all of Ohio’s state laws. It replaces all references in state law to “mental retardation” with the term “intellectual disability”. 

Rep. Jonathan Dever (R-Madiera) is one of the sponsors of the bill. “As we learn more about those with disabilities and we work towards making Ohio a better and more responsive state for the developmentally disabled in our communities, our laws should reflect that collective wisdom,” Dever said.

Statehouse News Bureau

The U.S. Supreme Court is blocking North Dakota from enforcing a strict ban on abortion that’s very similar to a bill proposed in Ohio.

Statehouse News Bureau

A top Republican leader is calling out a state representative in response to an investigation into a pay-to-play scheme in his former office. 

Karen Kasler

The endorsed Democrat in the primary for US Senate has been blasted by his opponent and others for not being very visible in this campaign. He's now talking about that, and the candidate he plans to face this fall also has some thoughts.

Ohio Senate

The second-in-command in the Ohio Senate announced he’s retiring at the end of the month. 

Ohio Senate

With lawmakers in the Ohio House forming a task force to deal with medicinal marijuana, two State senators who have different perspectives on medical pot are trying a different approach to see what Ohioans think about the issue.

Gary Musselman, City Club of Cleveland

The bitter US Senate campaign of 2012 – which was one of the most expensive in the country that year – could be back for a repeat in 2018.

Incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican state treasurer Josh Mandel raised $44 million, and another $52 million in outside money poured in.

The bill that makes changes in Ohio’s unemployment compensation system has another committee hearing this week and could soon get a vote. 

Jo Ingles

Some long time advocates of medical marijuana are questioning why they were not included in the Ohio House’s new task force to study the subject.

Statehouse News Bureau

As state regulators move closer to a decision on two proposals that could hike customers’ monthly electric bills, supporters of the plans say they’re needed in order to provide cost stability.

Election Day 2015

Jan 15, 2016
Karen Kasler

Welcome to Election Day 2015 - 24 hours of non-stop news condensed to just under 12 minutes.

The Statehouse News Bureau is a three-member crew that provides coverage of government and politics for Ohio’s public radio listeners.  We are not a radio station, but produce spots and packages that air on Ohio’s 33 public radio stations.  We are the only broadcast journalists who are dedicated to daily Statehouse and government reporting.

Jo Ingles

Ohio lawmakers who have been signaling they want to consider medical marijuana legalization have taken an unexpected step.

Andy Chow

The state says nearly 1,100 Ohio children become victims of human trafficking each year, and another three-thousand are at risk. Lawmakers are pushing for a new tool that they say can help in a big way in the fight against human trafficking. 

Dynegy

AEP and FirstEnergy want state regulators to approve plans that allow them to hike their customers’ bills to ensure energy production and guarantee income for their struggling coal plants. But a new energy player wants to crash the party.

Karen Kasler

Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate P.G. Sittenfeld says his opponent, former Gov. Ted Strickland, isn’t being honest when it comes to his position on gun control.

Karen Kasler

The state’s elections chief says he needs lawmakers to approve an online voter registration process. But a Democrat who wants that job says she disagrees.

ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)

A bill that would make it illegal for pet owners to tie up their animals outside during extreme cold has been languishing in the Ohio legislature.

Powerball.com

The Powerball jackpot is up to $1.5 billion dollars for the big drawing Wednesday night.

The state’s energy regulators are reviewing a plan that would guarantee income for two utilities that have coal plants – and it would come from increased costs on monthly electric bills. Now Ohio’s manufacturers are taking a stand against the proposal. 

Karen Kasler

President Obama’s executive orders on gun regulations have people on both sides of the issue asking about Ohio’s gun laws.

Andy Chow

Perhaps the most controversial issue on Capitol Square to start the New Year is how to deal with unemployment benefits. There’s a bill that makes several changes but opponents say it makes employees shoulder most of the burden.

Jo Ingles

The federal government is proposing new guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. Some state leaders are encouraging Ohioans to voice support for those changes now.

The Ohio Republican Party’s governing body has voted to endorse Governor John Kasich in his bid for president.

Courtesy AIDS Healthcare Foundation

A group backing an HIV/AIDS drug price ballot issue that was rejected by the Secretary of State is pushing back.

ideastream

Utilities, energy officials and environmental advocates are all debating a landmark proposition that would set the stage for the future of energy in Ohio. For the average consumer, this could mean paying hundreds of dollars more on electric bills. But at the heart of the issue is whether Ohio needs the plan to ensure reliability.

Karen Kasler

The lawsuit filed by Ohio’s attorney general, a county and four state universities over a provision in the Affordable Care Act isn’t over.

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