Lawmakers Scrap Plan To Allow Fracking In State Parks

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8:39AM
March 18, 2015

Plans to allow fracking in state parks appear to be dead for now. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports that provision has been pulled from a bill making its way through the Ohio legislature.

Group Pushing Marijuana Amendment Makes Major Change

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ResponsibleOhio still intends to put its issue on the ballot this fall.
8:29AM
February 18, 2015

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Ohio are changing their proposal to let Ohioans grow four pot plants in their home.

Pot Legalization Plan Would Bring Grow Site To Franklin County

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ResponsibleOhio spokesman Chris Stock says the plan includes regulations on marijuana growth, sales and use in Ohio.
8:00AM
February 10, 2015

The group behind a proposed marijuana legalization amendment has released more details about its plan, including where the regulated pot would be grown.

Education Leaders Question Governor’s School Funding Proposal

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich say his administration wants to send more money to lower-income school districts.
8:28AM
February
9, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he wants to increase funding to lower-income schools and cut funding to more-affluent districts, but some education leaders say that’s now how his proposal necessarily plays out.

Group Trying To Legalize Pot In Ohio Uses Liquor Laws As Template

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9:56AM
January
21, 2015

A group hoping to put a marijuana legalization question before voters on the fall ballot is releasing more details about its proposal.

Ohio Governor John Kasich Sounds Spiritual Tone For Second Term

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Ohio Governor John Kasich shakes hands at Monday night's inaugural ball. He was sworn in for a second four year term earlier in the day.
9:07AM
January
13, 2015

Governor John Kasich was sworn into his second term in office on Monday. His inaugural speech sounded more like something that would come from a preacher than a politician.

Ohio Lawmakers Failed To Pass Bills That Garnered Much Attention

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Ohio lawmakers failed to pass bills in 2014 that received a lot of attention.
5:00AM
December
24, 2014

It’s been a productive year for Ohio lawmakers, who passed bills dealing with redistricting, budget revisions and red light cameras. But many bills that got a lot of attention failed to pass at the end of the two-year General Assembly.

A Second State Lawmaker Resigning Before End Of Session

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State Senator Shirley Smith plans to resign at the end of November.
11:22AM
December 4, 2014

A state senator from Cleveland has resigned her seat a month before the end of the legislative session. Senator Shirley Smith has tendered her resignation effective November 30th.

New Redistricting Plans May Include Voter Approval

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Ohio lawmakers continue to map out a new legislative redistricting plan.
11:23AM
November
18, 2014

For about a year, a panel of lawmakers and other constitutional experts has been working on a new plan for redrawing the lines for legislators’ districts, but it has gone nowhere. Now that plan may be getting scrapped entirely, to be replaced with a new one.