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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.

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.

Lawmakers, ACLU Butt Heads Over Gun Crime Bill

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Rep. State Sen. Jim Hughes and the ACLU of Ohio are at odds over the Violent Career Criminals Act. It would more than double the required sentence for using a gun during a crime if the offender has two or more violent felony convictions.
7:43AM
May 13, 2013

Rep. State Sen. Jim Hughes and the ACLU of Ohio are at odds over the Violent Career Criminals Act. It would more than double the required sentence for using a gun during a crime if the offender has two or more violent felony convictions.

House Signs Off On “Health Navigators”

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Ohio's bill would require navigators to pass criminal background checks, and it specifies they can't sell, solicit or negotiate health insurance.
11:51AM
April 25, 2013

A bill to require training and certification for a new group of professionals who will be available to guide consumers through the new health insurance market is on its way to Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Former Congressman Charlie Wilson Dead At 70

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Wilson served in the Ohio Legislature for ten years before filling the congressional seat vacated by Ted Strickland.
7:52AM
April 15, 2013

The Ohio Democratic Party says former Congressman Charlie Wilson, who represented southeastern Ohio in Washington for two terms after winning a write-in campaign, has died. He was 70.

Medicaid Rally Shows Odd Political Allies

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The Thursday rally headlined by Gov. John Kasich attracted members of many groups that disagree with the Republican governor on key political issues.
8:47AM
March 15, 2013

The rally headlined by Gov. John Kasich attracted members of many groups that disagree with the Republican governor on most key political issues.

Activist Pushes For Quicker Tracking Of Phones During Emergencies

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6:41PM
March
13, 2013

Wireless companies can already track the location of virtually every cellphone in their coverage areas. Ohio legislators are considering passing a new law that would make sure that ability can be quickly used in emergencies.