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Pets Could Be Included In Domestic Violence Protection Orders

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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.
7:56AM
October
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

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Traffic cameras brought in $16 million in just over a dozen Ohio cities last year.
11:31AM
October
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

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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.
8:12AM
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

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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.
8:25AM
July
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

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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.