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Bill Would Increase Access To Overdose Antidote

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Rep. State Representative Terry Johnson, who is also a doctor, wants to incease access to a drug that reverses the effects of opiate overdoses.
7:32AM
June
13, 2013

Ohio has an opiate problem. Statistics from the Ohio Department of Health show the number of people dying from drug overdoses increased 440 percent from 1999 to 2011. Now there’s bipartisan support for a bill in the state legislature that would try to reduce drug deaths.

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.

Abortion In The State Budget

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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.

Senate President: Medicaid Expansion Could Happen In 2013

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Ohio could forfeit up to $13 billion in federal funding if it declines to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
8:58AM
May 14, 2013

The Republican president of the Ohio Senate says state lawmakers are open to pursuing a Medicaid bill before the end of the year.

Lawmakers, ACLU Butt Heads Over Gun Crime Bill

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Rep. State Sen. Jim Hughes and the ACLU of Ohio are at odds over the Violent Career Criminals Act. It would more than double the required sentence for using a gun during a crime if the offender has two or more violent felony convictions.
7:43AM
May 13, 2013

Rep. State Sen. Jim Hughes and the ACLU of Ohio are at odds over the Violent Career Criminals Act. It would more than double the required sentence for using a gun during a crime if the offender has two or more violent felony convictions.

House Signs Off On “Health Navigators”

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Ohio's bill would require navigators to pass criminal background checks, and it specifies they can't sell, solicit or negotiate health insurance.
11:51AM
April 25, 2013

A bill to require training and certification for a new group of professionals who will be available to guide consumers through the new health insurance market is on its way to Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

House Debate On Tax Shift Turns To Small Businesses

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Gov. John Kasich wants to apply sales tax to several previously-untaxed services in order to allow cuts to the state income tax and business taxes.
7:20AM
March
20, 2013

State lawmakers heard contradictory testimony Tuesday on how the governor’s tax proposal would affect small businesses.

Medicaid Rally Shows Odd Political Allies

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The Thursday rally headlined by Gov. John Kasich attracted members of many groups that disagree with the Republican governor on key political issues.
8:47AM
March 15, 2013

The rally headlined by Gov. John Kasich attracted members of many groups that disagree with the Republican governor on most key political issues.

Activist Pushes For Quicker Tracking Of Phones During Emergencies

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6:41PM
March
13, 2013

Wireless companies can already track the location of virtually every cellphone in their coverage areas. Ohio legislators are considering passing a new law that would make sure that ability can be quickly used in emergencies.

Budget, Tax Plan Remain The Focus For State Lawmakers

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8:57AM
March
11, 2013

Ohio Governor John Kasich’s proposals for a new state budget and the biggest tax changes in four decades are in the spotlight again this week as state legislators continue committee hearings.