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Portman Bows Out of 2016 Race For President

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Portman is perhaps best known outside Washington for having reversed his position on same-sex marriage after learning his son is gay.
8:18AM
December 2, 2014

U.S. Senator Rob Portman says he will not run for president in 2016, choosing instead to seek a second term in the Senate.

GOP Takes Control Of Senate With Wins in N.C., Iowa, Ark., Colo.

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Supporters of Republican Sen.-elect Tom Cotton celebrate his win in Arkansas over incumbent Mark Pryor. The GOP picked up seven seats Tuesday, gaining control of the Senate.
5:00AM
November
5, 2014

Republicans needed to pick up just six seats in Tuesday’s midterm elections to wrest control of the Senate. In the House, the key question was how big the GOP majority would be next year.

Delayed Renewable Energy Mandates Could Hurt Investment

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Jereme Kent, CEO of One Energy, says delaying changes to Ohio's renewable energy mandates will create a "lobbying frenzy" in the state.
7:50AM
May
30, 2014

Jereme Kent, the general manager of Findlay-based wind energy company One Energy, says delaying incoming renewable energy mandates will create a “lobbying frenzy” and scare away renewable energy investors.

Proposed Concealed Carry Changes Denounced By FOP

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The bill would lower the amount of training time required for a concealed weapons permit, and have Ohio recognize concealed carry permits from other states.
7:49AM
May 28, 2014

An Ohio Senate committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the bill to lower the amount of training time required for a concealed weapons permit. It would also have Ohio recognize concealed carry permits from other states.

E-Cig Ban For Minors Clears Legislature Despite Objections

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More than two dozen Democrats in the House voted against the bill, saying it didn’t go far enough.
8:28AM
February
14, 2014

State lawmakers have approved a ban on electronic cigarettes for Ohio minors, but not without the objection of many Democrats, who say the ban doesn’t go far enough.

Conference Committee Sends Compromise Budget Back To Legislature

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Democrats are attacking the proposed budget, saying it shows a lack of leadership when it comes to Medicaid.
7:48AM
June
26, 2013

A bipartisan panel of state lawmakers has signed off on the state’s next two-year budget. It now goes to a final vote in the Ohio House and Senate.

Lawmakers Reconvene For Budget Talks

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State lawmakers face a June 30 deadline to pass the two-year, state spending plan.
11:34AM
June
24, 2013

State lawmakers are back in Columbus Monday for talks on the budget that includes a massive tax overhaul plan rolled out last week.

Columbus Schools Bill Goes Before Lawmakers

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Some Columbus leaders, including Mayor Michael Coleman, are backing a House bill to allow the Columbus City Schools to share voter approved levy money with charter schools.
12:43PM
June 19, 2013

A bill that would install recommendations from a new Columbus education commission is getting first Statehouse hearing this afternoon.

Budget Director, Lawmakers Butt Heads Over How To Use Surplus

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Ohio budget director Tim Keen says the revenue forecast hinges on how businesses and individuals may have reacted to the uncertainty surrounding the so-called “fiscal cliff” at the end of 2012, when some made moves to avoid what they feared might be higher taxes.
8:54AM
June
19, 2013

The committee working out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the state budget now has updated estimates on tax revenues and Medicaid. Tax receipts are up and Medicaid costs are down, but those numbers come with a caution.

Unexpected Debate Raises Concerns About Budget

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The conference committee starts its work Thursday – the budget needs to be passed by the House and Senate by the end of the month, and there are clearly issues that both sides feel very strongly about.
7:23AM
June
13, 2013

What is usually a routine vote to send the two versions of the state budget to a committee to meld it into one document turned out to be a lot more political than usual in the Ohio House Wednesday.