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Ohio Senate Removes Income-Tax Cut From Budget, Keeps Biz Tax Cut

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The state Senate is preparing to release its changes to Ohio's sweeping two-year budget.
11:15AM
May
28, 2013

The state Senate is preparing to release its changes to Ohio’s sweeping two-year budget.

Senators on a budget-writing committee planned to meet Tuesday afternoon to introduce an overhaul of the spending plan.

Leader: Ohio Senate Wants To Outlaw Internet Cafes

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The head of the Ohio Senate says the chamber is poised to move on a bill that essentially bans internet cafes, or sweepstakes cafes, like this one on Alum Creek Drive.
1:12PM
April
24, 2013

The leader of the Ohio Senate says the Republican-controlled chamber is ready to move forward with a bill essentially outlawing Internet cafes.

Medicaid Expansion Plan In Ohio Takes Another Hit

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A top Republican in the Ohio Legislature says the Senate's version of the state budget won't include the governor's proposed Medicaid expansion.
1:05PM
April
24, 2013

Gov. John Kasich’s plan to expand health care coverage for low-income Ohioans has been dealt another blow.

Ohio Senate Wants To Change Redistricting Process

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A bipartisan proposal to change the way Ohio draws state legislative and congressional lines has cleared the state Senate with almost unanimous support.
2:41PM
December
13, 2012

A bipartisan proposal to change the way Ohio draws state legislative and congressional lines has cleared the state Senate with almost unanimous support.

Ohio Senate Puts End To ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill

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The Ohio Senate will not consider the so-called "heartbeat abortion" bill.
3:22PM
November 27, 2012

An Ohio bill that would have imposed the most stringent restriction on abortions in the nation has met its end.

Human Trafficking Bill Poised To Clear Ohio Senate

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Bill to increase penalties for human trafficking poised to pass the Ohio Senate.
2:21PM
June
12, 2012

An Ohio bill that increases penalties for human trafficking and creates a fund to help victims is expected to clear one of its final legislative hurdles.

Welfare Drug Testing Plan Removed From Ohio Bill

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Lawmakers have nixed a plan to test welfare recipients for illegal drugs.
7:50AM
May
17, 2012

A Senate committee has pulled a pilot program that would tie welfare benefits to clean drug tests from a swiftly moving budget bill.

Senate Passes Gambling Changes

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Changes to a House-approved bill include a one-year moratorium on new sweepstakes devices, longer operating hours for bingo parlors, and a provision allowing previously illegal games of chance at festivals.
8:53AM
May
9, 2012

A wide-ranging bill to bring order to Ohio’s gambling laws has cleared the state Senate.

Ohio Senators Expand Poker Rooms In Casino Bill

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A legislative provision would allow charity "poker rooms" in all Ohio counties.
7:54AM
May 2, 2012

An Ohio Senate panel has added a provision into a sweeping bill on new casino regulations that expands the ability for state counties to open charity poker rooms.

Ohio Senate OKs Bill To Regulate Exotic Animals

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The Ohio Senate has passed a bill to ban Ohioans from acquiring new exotic animals.
3:13PM
April 25, 2012

The state Senate has passed a bill to ban Ohioans from acquiring new exotic animals and regulate the current owners of tigers, lions and other creatures.