Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
Some unfinished business from 2010 could become front burner issues in 2011, including an agreement that was made last summer between animal rights activists, farmers and the state. As part of our series looking back at 2010 in state government and politics, Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles takes a look at a deal that was struck but never materialized.
Gay rights advocates are once again pushing Ohio legislators to expand the state’s civil rights law. The activists say that sexual orientation should be added to the list of other factors that are already banned as the basis for discrimination — for example, race, religion, national origin, gender, and age. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports that — even though more and more lawmakers appear ready to co-sponsor the measure, it still faces an uphill battle.
About a hundred religious leaders across Ohio are pushing for an expansion of the state’s civil rights law that bans discrimination in housing, hiring, public accommodations, and credit. In addition to the current ban on discrimination based on race, gender, nationality, and religion…they want to add sexual orientation.
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers says a bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation has its best chance of passage this year.
A proposed new rule that the Ohio Civil Rights Commission approved, requiring most Ohio companies to offer 12 weeks of unpaid pregnancy and maternity leave to female workers, appears to be in trouble. Monday Dec. 3, a special government rule-review committee plans to look at the rule. And a co-chair of the panel says members could vote to invalidate it.
Under the threat of legislation, some universities in Ohio are re-examining their policies on academic freedom and intellectual diversity. Conservative lawmakers across the country say students are subject to harassment by liberal professors. And states such as New York are considering legislation known as the ‘academic bill of rights.’ Legislative action in Ohio has stalled while the state’s universities undertake a voluntary review. WOSU’s Sam Hendren reports
The “Voices of Civil Rights” bus tour passed through Columbus recently. It was part of a 22-city tour aimed at gathering the stories of people involved with the the U.S. civil rights movement.