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Pro-Choice Advocates Say They’re Undeterred By Budget

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Pro-choice activists with NARAL Ohio have clashed with members of Ohio Right to Life over several budget provisions meant to reduce abortions.
8:43AM
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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8:31AM
June
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.

Democrats Back “Pro-Life” Gun Proposal

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The proposal would commission a study on gun-related injuries, and require gun vendors to give a copy of the study to all gun buyers.
7:57AM
June
27, 2013

Two Democratic state representatives are proposing a bill they call tongue-in-cheek criticism of recent Republican-backed provisions on abortion.

Traffic Camera Ban Heads To State Senate

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Supporters of the cameras say they make roadways safer and save lives. Critics often call them invasive and money-making tools for municipalities.
7:50AM
June
27, 2013

A statewide ban on traffic cameras is a step closer to reality, after passing the Ohio House on a bipartisan vote Wednesday.

Conference Committee Sends Compromise Budget Back To Legislature

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Democrats are attacking the proposed budget, saying it shows a lack of leadership when it comes to Medicaid.
7:48AM
June
26, 2013

A bipartisan panel of state lawmakers has signed off on the state’s next two-year budget. It now goes to a final vote in the Ohio House and Senate.

Lawmakers Reconvene For Budget Talks

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State lawmakers face a June 30 deadline to pass the two-year, state spending plan.
11:34AM
June
24, 2013

State lawmakers are back in Columbus Monday for talks on the budget that includes a massive tax overhaul plan rolled out last week.

Columbus Schools Bill Goes Before Lawmakers

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Some Columbus leaders, including Mayor Michael Coleman, are backing a House bill to allow the Columbus City Schools to share voter approved levy money with charter schools.
12:43PM
June 19, 2013

A bill that would install recommendations from a new Columbus education commission is getting first Statehouse hearing this afternoon.

Budget Director, Lawmakers Butt Heads Over How To Use Surplus

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Ohio budget director Tim Keen says the revenue forecast hinges on how businesses and individuals may have reacted to the uncertainty surrounding the so-called “fiscal cliff” at the end of 2012, when some made moves to avoid what they feared might be higher taxes.
8:54AM
June
19, 2013

The committee working out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the state budget now has updated estimates on tax revenues and Medicaid. Tax receipts are up and Medicaid costs are down, but those numbers come with a caution.

Bill Would Increase Access To Overdose Antidote

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Rep. State Representative Terry Johnson, who is also a doctor, wants to incease access to a drug that reverses the effects of opiate overdoses.
7:32AM
June
13, 2013

Ohio has an opiate problem. Statistics from the Ohio Department of Health show the number of people dying from drug overdoses increased 440 percent from 1999 to 2011. Now there’s bipartisan support for a bill in the state legislature that would try to reduce drug deaths.

Unexpected Debate Raises Concerns About Budget

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The conference committee starts its work Thursday – the budget needs to be passed by the House and Senate by the end of the month, and there are clearly issues that both sides feel very strongly about.
7:23AM
June
13, 2013

What is usually a routine vote to send the two versions of the state budget to a committee to meld it into one document turned out to be a lot more political than usual in the Ohio House Wednesday.