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Ohio GOP Leaders Push For Federal Balanced Budget Amendment

The resolution passed in Ohio, which is similar to ones passed in 19 other states, calls for Congress to come up with an amendment requiring a balanced federal budget, or to allow the states to convene a Constitutional convention.
26, 2013

Ohio leaders left the Statehouse Monday to travel west to Lima to to sign a resolution calling for a federal balanced budget amendment.

“Stand Your Ground” Passes House Despite Debate And Protests

Protesters chanted and hung a banner that was quickly torn down by security.
21, 2013

A measure that’s called Ohio’s version of “stand your ground” has passed the Ohio House, after two hours of passionate arguments and a mid-debate protest.

Committee Studying Constitution Considers Redistricting

Advocates for redistricting reform say the state's latest congressional district map shows the system is broken.
November 18, 2013

A panel of lawmakers and private citizens that will be asked to recommend changes to Ohio’s Constitution is looking at the way the lines for legislative and congressional districts are drawn.

Educators Already Want Changes To Teachers Evaluations

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13, 2013

Educators are pushing for tweaks to a new system for evaluation Ohio teachers.

Pets Could Be Included In Domestic Violence Protection Orders

The bill's sponsor says people have emotional attachments to their pets and sometimes remain in dangerous situations because they don't want to leave them behind.
24, 2013

The sponsor of a bill in the Ohio Senate says people sometimes remain in dangerous situations because they don’t want to leave their pets behind.

Senate Takes Up Red Light Camera Ban

Traffic cameras brought in $16 million in just over a dozen Ohio cities last year.
9, 2013

The Ohio Senate has begun considering a measure that would ban authorities from using cameras to determine whether drivers run red lights or violate speed limits.

Senate Democrat Backs New Medicaid Expansion Plan

Cafaro’s bill takes many elements of the bipartisan reform bill that has yet to be heard in committee – but she says those elements will save the state money through cost efficiency and legislative oversight.
July 31, 2013

A Democratic state senator says politics are holding up Medicaid expansion and reform, so she’s proposing a bill that she says will force the issue. But Republicans leaders still appear hesitant to expand the program.

Some Lawmakers Lament Policy In Budget

It’s not unusual for policy provisions that are not related to spending to be tucked into budgets, but some critics are saying this one has more than the usual share.
3, 2013

The new state budget is just a few days old, but it already has plenty of critics, including some of the lawmakers who voted on it. Many of their complaints have nothing to do with spending.

Pro-Choice Advocates Say They’re Undeterred By Budget

Pro-choice activists with NARAL Ohio have clashed with members of Ohio Right to Life over several budget provisions meant to reduce abortions.
July 2, 2013

Ohio’s budget was a big victory for Ohio Right to Life, as five bills it supported were attached to the state’s new two year fiscal plan. But NARAL Pro Choice Ohio says the fight isn’t over.

State Considers “Certifying” Farmers To Cut Algae Blooms

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27, 2013

Algae blooms are a big problem on Ohio’s lakes: they’re toxic and can have a big impact on tourism. Now state lawmakers are looking at “certifying” farmers as one way to tone it down.