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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.

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.

Traffic Camera Ban Heads To State Senate

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

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

Abortion In The State Budget

The Ohio House version has already passed a budget for the two-year period beginning July 1. It would need to be reconciled with the Senate version before moving on to the governor for his signature.
June 6, 2013

Buried in the Senate version of the budget are many things that seemingly have nothing to do with state spending, many of them related to abortion.

Ohio Rep To Step Down As House Democratic Leader

After five years, Ohio House Democratic leader Armond Budish says he'll step down before his term ends next year.
May 21, 2013

The Democratic leader in the Ohio House, Armond Budish, says he’s stepping down from his role before his term ends next year.

State Rep. To Challenge Portman After Gun Bill Vote

Dem. State Rep. Bob Hagan (Youngstown) says he'll run against Rep. U.S. Senator Rob Portman in 2016.
April 19, 2013

Democratic State Rep. Bob Hagan was so infuriated by U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s vote against this week’s failed gun bill that he’s running against Portman in 2016.

Ohio House Vote Nears On Sex-Ed Restriction

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Members of the Ohio House are poised to vote on a abstinence only sex education amendment inserted in their version of the state budget.
18, 2013

A pro-abstinence sex education amendment inserted into Ohio’s state budget appears headed to a floor vote Thursday in the Ohio House.

GOP-Led House Drops Medicaid Plan From Ohio Budget

A Republican-controlled House committee plans to unveil its changes to Gov. John Kasich's budget on Tuesday.
April 9, 2013

Gov. John Kasich’s plan to expand Medicaid under the federal health law won’t be included in the Ohio House version of the state’s two-year budget.

Ohio House Passes New School Performance Grade System

Because of the ongoing data investigation school report cards will be delayed.
30, 2012

A plan to replace the way Ohio has graded its schools with a simple letter grade system is passing quickly through the legislature, with Gov. John Kasich cheering it on. Democrats have concerns about the timeline on getting this plan into Ohio’s schools.

Ohio House Panel Plans August Hearings On Pensions

The Ohio House plans to vote in September on the fate of Ohio's five public retirement funds.
30, 2012

State Rep. Kirk Schuring says the goal is to have the House vote on pension legislation sometime in September.