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Legislature Expected To Move On Internet Cafe Reform

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State lawmakers want to put more regulation on internet cafes, or sweepstakes cafes, like this one on Alum Creek Drive. Cafe operators say they pay sales tax and the industry employs thousands of workers.
7:24AM
December
5, 2012

There appears to be movement in the Ohio legislature on a bill to effectively shut down hundreds of storefronts that advertise themselves as internet cafes or sweepstakes cafes.

New Legislation Would Give Ohio Schools More Flexibility

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New legislation headed to the Ohio Senate would allow school districts more flexibility in scheduling class time
7:55AM
November
29, 2012

Sponsors say a bill passed by the Ohio House would give school districts more flexibility in making up snow days and other lost time.

Ohio Elections Chief Urges Bipartisan Talks On Law

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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted wants state lawmakers to delay any election reforms.
2:53PM
November
8, 2012

But Secretary of State Jon Husted says legislative leaders shouldn’t act on any changes to the swing state’s election rules until next year.

A New Ohio School Football Season Begins With Safety In Mind

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The 2011 Bexley Football Lions team picture.
12:00PM
August
22, 2012

Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill requiring young football players and other athletes to be pulled from competition after suffering a head injury.

Ohio Tea Party Groups Oppose Governor’s Tax Plan

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Ohio Tea Party groups oppose GOP governor's tax proposal.
3:18PM
July
19, 2012

A coalition of tea party groups in Ohio is calling a tax proposal by the state’s Republican governor “unnecessary and unwise.”

Gun Control Group Criticizes Ohio Lawmaker’s Event

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State Rep. Margaret Conditt faces criticism for fundraiser at shooting range.
8:00AM
May
2, 2012

Ohio legislators hold fund-raisers all the time, but one of them has scheduled an event with an unusual theme. It’s offering attendees the opportunity to shoot guns. Gun control activists are outraged. They say the event symbolizes an Ohio that’s let backers of gun owner rights run rampant.

Ohio Lawmakers Weigh Bills On Ex-Felons, Exotic Animals

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Inside view of Ohio Statehouse
9:51AM
April
30, 2012

Two identical plans to help ex-felons get jobs are slated for committee hearings this week in both the house and the senate. Felons are currently barred from getting professional licenses for jobs like teacher, plumber, and hearing aid fitter. But these bills would drop the ban on a case-by-case basis.

Former Ohio Legislator Sentenced To Four Years In Prison

7:21AM
March
13, 2012

The sentence comes after Michael A. Fox pleased guilty to charges of helping an attorney get a $1 million contract with a southwest Ohio county.

Controversial Bills Keep Legislature Busy in 2011

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Ohio Constitution
10:37AM
December 27, 2011

Ohio lawmakers approved some controversial bills during 2011, while debating but not approving other potential laws.