Kenny Yuko

Senate Democrats outline their priorities in Jan 28, 2020 teleconference
Jo Ingles

Democrats in Ohio’s Senate have laid out their priorities for the upcoming budget. 

The Sykes family - former Rep. Barbara Sykes (left), Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), along with Sen. Sykes' granddaughter and Rep. Sykes' niece.
Senator Vernon Sykes/Facebook

An investigation is ongoing into threats targeting two sitting Democratic state lawmakers, a well-known senator from Akron who’s served in both chambers and his daughter, who leads the minority in the Ohio House. And some state leaders are speaking out.

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.

Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights, left) and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) talked about 2019 on "The State of Ohio".
Karen Kasler

Gov. Mike DeWine says one of his top priorities in 2020 will be to push the package of gun and mental health law changes that he put forward after the mass shooting in Dayton in August. But the leaders of the Ohio Senate are suggesting that might be an uphill battle.

Current Accessibility logo

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.

Sen. Kenny Yuko (D-Cleveland)
The State of Ohio, Ohio Public TV

It’s looking more unlikely that Ohio lawmakers will decide on the size of a proposed gas tax in time to meet the Sunday deadline to have the transportation budget signed into law. 

Sen. Steve Wilson (R-Maineville) shakes hands with Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) as Rod and Jennifer Blough of Dublin look on. Rod has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s and Lewy body dementia and Jennifer is his caregiver.
Karen Kasler

Two state senators say Ohio needs to join all other states in developing a comprehensive plan to deal with rising numbers of residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia that are likely in the next few decades.

OGT/Ohio Channel

The state’s medical marijuana program is not going to be ready for patients on the projected start date on September 8. And there's no clear idea on when it will begin.

Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio’s medical marijuana program is supposed to be fully operational on September 8. But there are court battles over problems with the process of choosing cultivators. Some fear it might delay the start of the program. 

Jo Ingles

The Republican leader of Ohio’s Senate says the short term goals of his caucus have been accomplished. But some lawmakers disagree.


FirstEnergy says it’s starting the process of shutting down its two nuclear power plants in northwest and northeast Ohio, saying it can’t compete with lower natural gas prices. But the company says it’s willing to work with lawmakers to find ways to keep them operating.

Statehouse News Bureau

Democrats say they’ll join a bipartisan group of state lawmakers working on a new way to draw Congressional districts. But they are concerned about the timing.

Daniel Konik/OGT

Senators are expected to come back to the Statehouse on Tuesday and vote on at least one overrides that the House approved last month on 11 of Gov. John Kasich’s 47 budget vetoes. And as Republicans consider how and what they'll vote on, Senate Democrats are trying to figure out their strategy.

Jo Ingles

The leader of Democrats in the Ohio Senate is stepping down but he’ll be replaced with a familiar face. 

Statehouse News Bureau

Medical marijuana has been signed into law in Ohio, but that’s just the first step towards actually implementing a process. 

Jo Ingles

After months of testimony, the Ohio House’s task force studying medical marijuana has made its recommendations. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, a bill will be introduced later this week that would allow a path for medical marijuana use in the Buckeye state.