Ohio Senate rss icon

OH Senate OKs Effort To Renew Public Works Program

statehouse
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.
3:26PM
January
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.

Senate Leaders Look Ahead For 2014

statehouse_2
File photo
7:55AM
January
13, 2014

Lawmakers are back for the second year of the legislature’s two year session. And while they passed nearly 60 bills last year, there are hundreds more bills that have been introduced.

Ohio Senate Delays Vote On Bill To Weaken Renewable Energy Rules

energy_composite
The proposal would let electric companies use some projects involving fossil fuels to help satisfy renewable energy mandates from the state.
8:52AM
December
5, 2013

A proposal to adjust Ohio’s renewable energy and efficiency mandates has stalled for a second time amid opposition from environmental and consumer interests and some majority Republican lawmakers.

Ohio Senator Targets Medicaid Growth In Bill

statehouse
An senator Ohio senator wants a new oversight committee to review growth within the Medicaid system.
3:02PM
October
10, 2013

A state senator in Ohio wants to create a new oversight body to keep growth in check within the Medicaid system.

Some Lawmakers Lament Policy In Budget

statehouse_2
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.

Budget Clears House, Heads To Governor For Signature

IMG_0985.JPG
Republicans in the Ohio Senate pass a $62 billion state budget that revamps school spending, cuts personal income taxes and add abortion restrictions.
3:57PM
June
27, 2013

A state budget that revamps Ohio’s school funding system, cuts personal income taxes and adds new abortion restrictions has cleared both chambers of the legislature.

State Considers “Certifying” Farmers To Cut Algae Blooms

algae_bloom
File photo
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.

Traffic Camera Ban Heads To State Senate

red_light_camera_2
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.

Ohio Senate OKs $61.7B Budget, Sends To More Talks

IMG_0985.JPG
Republicans in the state Senate today passed a two-year state spending plan that wipes out Governor Kasich's income tax cuts in favor of tax breaks for small businesses.
5:18PM
June
6, 2013

A state budget that revamps Gov. John Kasich’s school funding proposal and restores small-business tax relief has cleared the Ohio Senate.

Abortion In The State Budget

statehouse
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.
8:40AM
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.