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Senate Leaders Look Ahead For 2014

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7:55AM
January
13, 2014

Lawmakers are back for the second year of the legislature’s two year session. And while they passed nearly 60 bills last year, there are hundreds more bills that have been introduced.

Big Tax Cuts And A Sales Tax Hike In New Budget Plan

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7:23AM
June
21, 2013

Ohio lawmakers have come to an agreement on a new tax reform plan that they say is fair and will help all Ohioans. The plan will provide income tax breaks to nearly all Ohioans but will raise some taxes and shift some tax burdens.

Ohio GOP Agreement Calls For Larger Income Tax Cut

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Lawmakers continue to hammer out the state budget
3:52PM
June
20, 2013

Ohio Republican leaders have agreed to a larger statewide income tax cut as part of a package of changes to be included in the budget.

Ohio Senate Crunches School Funds Numbers

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A funding bill for elementary and secondary schools moves through the legislature.
8:27AM
May
31, 2013

Ohio Senators are calling their new budget plan “a work in progress” but they are touting it as a major improvement in funding for Ohio’s public schools.

Senate President: Medicaid Expansion Could Happen In 2013

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Ohio could forfeit up to $13 billion in federal funding if it declines to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
8:58AM
May 14, 2013

The Republican president of the Ohio Senate says state lawmakers are open to pursuing a Medicaid bill before the end of the year.

Advocates Of Medicaid Expansion Say Ballot Issue Possible

8:29AM
April
30, 2013

Some advocates want to expand the current Medicaid system so that thousands of low income Ohioans can get medical care. They want that expansion as part of the state budget but that doesn’t look likely.

Medicaid Expansion Plan In Ohio Takes Another Hit

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Leaders of several faiths gathered in the Ohio Statehouse to endorse Gov. John kasich's budget, which includes an expansion of Ohio's Medicaid program.
4:55PM
April
24, 2013

Gov. John Kasich’s plan to expand health care coverage for low-income Ohioans has been dealt another blow.

Ohio Senate President Calls Remark ‘Inartful’

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Ohio Senate President Keith Faber warns his fellow lawmakers to use caution before accepting additional federal Medicaid funds.
2:58PM
April
1, 2013

Senate President Keith Faber tells the Lima News he sees the long-term funding of the federal-state program as troublesome at best.

Redistricting Surfaces Again Among Ohio Lawmakers

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3:21PM
February
18, 2013

The budget may top the agenda for state lawmakers. But there’s still talk about changing the way the maps that create boundaries for state and federal lawmakers are drawn – especially after the latest maps sparked widespread criticism, legal action and a failed ballot issue.

Ballot Issue Ads Will Carry Disclaimer

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Disagreements over Issue 2, a referendum on Senate Bill 5, helped push the Ohio Ballot Board to attach a disclaimer to newspaper ads.
7:55AM
August
25, 2011

Elections officials say they want to educate the public, but not take a stand for or against ballot issues.