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Dan Konik

A collection of voting rights advocates have delivered a revised petition to state officials in hopes of putting their issue on the November ballot, which would expand voter registration and solidify early voting.

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) and House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford)
Karen Kasler

With just hours to go before families could submit applications for the state’s EdChoice private school voucher program on February 1, lawmakers delayed that window till April 1 till they could work out a compromise. And those chambers’ Republican leaders are holding fast to their different proposals.

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For the last decade, Ohio lawmakers were locked in heated debates over how the state should address energy generation, from bailing out nuclear to rolling back green energy standards. With a new law that does both of those on the books, House and Senate leaders are starting to turn their attention to a different energy debate: modernizing the power grid. 

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March Madness is right around the corner and Ohioans will be constructing brackets to bet on their favorite teams. But Ohio, unlike some other states, does not have sports betting. Ohio’s Governor says he’s convinced betting on sports will be a reality in the buckeye state soon.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose speaks at an event outlining election security efforts his office has ordered.
Karen Kasler

The state’s chief elections officer is criticizing President Trump and other key figures for sharing rumors and false information related to voting, recently about the Iowa caucuses but going all the way back to the 2016 election. This comes as Ohioans prepare to start early voting in two weeks for the presidential primary in March.

Gov. Mike DeWine at Facebook, New Albany
Jo Ingles

Gov. Mike DeWine says he knows the House and Senate have different ideas about how to deal with changing the state’s Ed Choice school voucher program. He says he’s not taking sides on that. But DeWine says it’s important to think about why that program exists in the first place.

Karen Kasler

A group trying to increase the minimum wage through a constitutional amendment can begin collecting signatures to put the issue on the November ballot. 

One of the extensions of the death bed meant to hold an inmate's arm during a lethal injection.
Ron Corby

As Ohio prisons officials work on a way to continue carrying out executions, House and Senate leaders are considering having deeper discussions on the future of the death penalty.

Karen Kasler

The Ohio House passed a measure to phase-out the voucher program known as EdChoice. The move comes after lawmakers hit a stalemate and had to approve a freeze to the program's application period. 

Secretary of State Frank LaRose and board of elections officials at his press event: Deputy Director Shantiel Soeder of the Cuyahoga County BOE (right), Director Laura Bruns of the Miami County BOE and Director Michelle Wilcox of Auglaize County BOE.
Karen Kasler

90 percent of all Ohio counties are now considered compliant with an election security order issued by the Secretary of State last summer. That leaves a handful that aren’t, with two weeks until voters start casting early ballots for the March presidential primary.

Tiffany McKee, United Steelworkers
Jo Ingles

Ohio House Democrats are urging Congress to pass legislation meant to protect the rights of workers and allow them to unionize. 

Gov Mike DeWine
Dan Konik

The advisory council that’s been looking into how to improve Ohio’s overloaded child welfare system has made some preliminary recommendations the state can take now to ease problems. And more are likely to come in the future.

Gov. Mike DeWine
State of Ohio, Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says he wants state lawmakers to pass his plan on gun violence by the end of this year. And he is urging lawmakers to take a good look at his proposal.

Statehouse News Bureau

The Iowa Democratic Caucus failed to produce results on Monday night due to what state party officials cited as "inconsistencies with the reports." As Ohio prepares for its primary in March, the state's top elections official ensures that Ohio's system is set up to avoid this type of problem.  

Andy Chow

A group of voters from the City of Medina are filing a complaint with the Ohio Supreme Court arguing that the Medina County Board of Elections invalidated signatures for their ballot initiative that should have been considered legitimate.

Aaron Baer, President, Citizens for Community Values
Jo Ingles

A suit has been filed in the Ohio Supreme Court by families who are affected by the legislature’s recently imposed 60-day moratorium on vouchers for the state’s EdChoice private school program. 

Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has delayed three upcoming executions.

Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper
Statehouse News Bureau

Some of the Democratic party’s top fundraisers, including union groups and some of President Obama’s top campaign supporters, are organizing a massive campaign in six battleground states this year. Ohio is not one of them. Does this mean the Buckeye State is no longer thought of by national Democrats as a swing state? 

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Two Miami University students are quarantined for possible Coronavirus. The state's top health officials are watching for more possible infections. But Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says there’s another deadly virus that people should be concerned about.

The All People's Fresh Market in Columbus, where low-income people can pick up produce and other items for free to save their SNAP benefits to use at grocery stores.
Karen Kasler

20,000 childless adults who are considered able-bodied and receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in 29 Ohio counties will soon be getting letters telling them their benefits are being cut off if they don’t find work quickly.

Karen Kasler

The House has voted on a plan to move the start of Ohio's private school voucher application process ahead to April 1, just hours before the EdChoice program is supposed to start accepting applications on Saturday. It now has to go to the Senate this morning, and a statement suggests the vote there may run into problems.

Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine isn’t weighing in on the deliberations in the House and Senate over school vouchers. But he is talking about the need to do more to help failing school districts early on.

Daniel Konik

Talks on a deal to stop a huge increase in the number of Ohio public school buildings where students would qualify for private school vouchers are dragging on. And the House Speaker is proposing a major overhaul of the voucher system.

Demonstrators shouting chants outside of a House Public Utilities Committee hearing in the Ohio Statehouse.
Andy Chow

A coalition of advocates say the bill, which creates a new criminal mischief prohibition, can have a chilling effect on protesting at places like oil and gas pipelines.

teen texting on cell phone
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The Ohio Senate is holding hearings for a bill that could ease up on the punishment for teenage sexting, as lawmakers argue the current punishment can carry lifelong consequences. 

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More than 17,000 Ohioans depend on dialysis treatments multiple times each week. And a new report shows Ohioans who need that care are largely getting it. 

Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to reporters after House session, while waiting for the Senate to take action on a bill that includes a change to the EdChoice voucher program.
Karen Kasler

Republican leaders in the Senate have approved a deal that would stop a dramatic increase in the number of public school buildings where students will be eligible for private school vouchers starting this weekend.

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The state has been trying to crack down on predatory practices associated with pharmacy benefit managers, the middlemen in big drug contracts. And independent pharmacies and community health centers say they need to be protected from any fallout. They are backing a new bill meant to provide these facilities with a safety net. 

Debbie Holmes/WOSU

An elections law professor says the proposed constitutional amendment that would create new voter registration provisions and put existing statute in the state constitution would likely lead to more voter engagement.

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Ohioans are one step closer to voting on a proposed constitutional amendment that would raise the state’s minimum wage. The petition to start the process of taking that issue to voters has been given the green light by Ohio’s Attorney General.

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