New Laws Open Door For Adoptees To Access Birth Records

Adoptees lined up inside the Ohio Department of Health’s Vital Statistics bureau Friday morning
March 20, 2015

A new law now allows access to birth records to 400,000 adoptees from around the world who were born in Ohio between 1964 and 1996. Some of those adoptees traveled from 14 states to gather in Columbus Thursday night so they could be among the first to take advantage of the new law on Friday.

More Than 100 Non-Citizens Registered To Vote In Ohio

Ohio's Secretary of State finds 145 non-citizens registered to vote in Ohio.
13, 2015

Secretary of State Jon Husted has said several times that voter fraud is rare but it exists – and that’s why he says he reviews the voting rolls. Husted says he’s found hundreds who should not be registered to vote, and he wants the federal government to help him find more.

Ohio Has Big Stake In ACA Challenge Before Supreme Court

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March 4, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday over whether the federal government can pay subsidies to people in Ohio and other states that don’t have state-created health insurance marketplaces set up after the Affordable Care Act.

High Court Upholds Ohio’s Power To Regulate Oil And Gas

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The Ohio Supreme Court rules only the state can regulate the location of fracking wells.
17, 2015

A fiercely divided Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the power of state-level oil and gas drilling regulations to supersede local zoning laws, dealing a major blow to local communities with bans on “fracking” and other drilling activity.

Increase In Liquid Nicotine Poisoning Drives Childproofing Bill

E-cigarettes use containers of liquid nicotine, and some are easy to open, often with screw-on caps.
16, 2015

As electronic cigarettes become more popular, the number of medical emergencies involving their liquid nicotine refills has increased dramatically. That’s sparked a bipartisan effort to crack down on the products.

State Health Officials Defend Proposed Medicaid Premium

State Medicaid Director John McCarthy told lawmakers on the House Finance Committee that requiring a small monthly payment is an important for people who will eventually make enough money to start buying insurance from the federal marketplace or exchange.
February 12, 2015

Gov. John Kasich and the director of Ohio’s Medicaid program want enrollees making more than the federal poverty level to pay a $20 monthly premium.

Governor John Kasich’s Budget: Tax Cuts, Tax Hikes

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Ohio Governor John Kasich released his proposed two-year budget Monday.
2, 2015

Gov. John Kasich’s third budget includes another round of income tax cuts, and tax increases that he has proposed before – and lawmakers have rejected.

Gov. Kasich Readies His State Budget

Gov. Kasich prepares to unveil his latest state budget
31, 2015

Today’s the day Gov. John Kasich unveils his third budget, which is expected to include $500 million in tax cuts plus benefits to lower-income Ohioans. But he has yet to talk about how he’ll pay for those.

Abortion Limits To Go Before State Lawmakers

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28, 2015

In the coming weeks, state lawmakers are expected to take up two proposals to limit abortions in Ohio.