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OH Senate OKs Effort To Renew Public Works Program

State senators have passed a resolution to renew a public works program that funds infrastructure improvement projects. The measure now goes to the House. It could be on the May ballot.
14, 2014

State senators have passed a resolution to renew a public works program that funds improvements to Ohio roads, bridges and other local infrastructure needs.

“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.

Ohio Business Coalition Leader Defends Common Core

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An Ohio business group wants the Ohio House education chairman to kill a proposal to block implementation of education curricula known as the Common Core.
9, 2013

An influential business group is asking the Ohio House education chairman to kill or sideline a proposal to block implementation of multi-state learning standards known as the Common Core.

GOP Lawmaker Wants Changes For Ballot Access

A GOP state lawmaker wants to change the rules for ballot access in time for the 2014 statewide elections.
24, 2013

A Republican Senator wants new rules for minor party candidates that would take effect for next year’s big statewide elections. But one of the parties that would be affected says it’s a strategy to keep its candidates out of next year’s tough elections.

Batchelder Backs Off Resignation Comment

Batchelder (left) now says he only suggested Peter Peck resign.
August 28, 2013

The Speaker of the Ohio House is backpedaling on an apparent resignation request he sent last month to a Cincinnati-area representative after he was indicted.

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.