Ohio has been left OUT of a recent round of federal grants to help prevent home foreclosures.
The state senate debated the future of the Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation Thursday afternoon. Earlier this week, the House voted to defund the Foundation and assign the state’s anti-smoking efforts to the health department. Governor Strickland and some lawmakers want to use money from the landmark tobacco settlement to fund a jobs bill. The move could bring to an end the foundation’s 1-800-QUIT-NOW help line.
Just a few weeks after an Ohio anti-smoking agency tried to prevent state legislators from siphoning away some of its money, lawmakers are moving to wipe out the agency altogether.
Every few months, there’s a new proposal in the Ohio legislature to crack down on sex offenders who’ve already served their prison time. One idea is to require them to use special green license plates on their cars. Another idea is to force them to live in treatment centers. The latest idea is to make it a crime for them to be in schools.
Over the next two years, an estimated 200-thousand Ohio homeowners could see their adjustable mortgage rates soar, making it hard for them to keep up their monthly payments.
Ohio leads the nation in the number of home foreclosures. State officials say they are trying to do something to help.
Columbus city officials today released the findings of a year-long independent investigation of the Fire Prevention Bureau. The city hired labor attorney Pamela Krivda to investigate reports that fire safety inspections were not conducted.