State agrees on final medical marijuana rules

Medical marijuana will be grown on up to 24 licensed sites statewide — subject to some of the highest fees in the country — under the final rules presented to lawmakers Monday. The cultivator portion of the rules, which also details the application and license fees for retail dispensaries, product processors and testing labs, cleared […]

Proposal would avoid 2018 high school graduation crisis

The state school board has lined up behind a proposal to avoid a graduation crisis for the class of 2018 by allowing students to earn diplomas regardless of their scores on state tests. The plan backed by board members, with some limits, would create a one-year emergency exemption from the state’s new requirements that students […]

Upcoming State budget to be trimmed by $800 million following lagging revenue reports

Ohio lawmakers will have to cut $800 million from the two-year budget they’re pounding out. Gov. John Kasich, flanked by GOP legislative leaders and budget director Tim Keen, said Thursday that slow economic growth nationally and in Ohio are responsible for tax revenues lagging behind estimates. As of the end of March, yearly tax revenue […]

State to accept applications in June to grow medical marijuana

State officials will begin accepting applications to license 24 medical marijuana grow operations in June and will review them in July. Once awarded, license holders will have nine months to meet all the requirements of the program. The Ohio Department of Commerce plans to release application forms and instructions in the next two to three […]

State’s March revenues 33 percent less than projected

Ohio’s projected “tight budget” for the next two years got a little tighter Wednesday. Ohio Budget Director Tim Keen told lawmakers on Wednesday he will likely lower revenue projections for the 2018-2019 budget. Ohio tax revenues fell about 33 percent short of projections in March, fueled by yet another month of sluggish income tax payments. […]

Kasich delivers 2017 State of the State address

Ohio’s leaders must prepare for the future, rather than gaze into the rear-view mirror, if they want to ensure the state’s workers aren’t left behind in a quickly changing world, Gov. John Kasich said Tuesday night during his seventh State of the State address. During a 70-minute speech, Kasich said soon-to-come technological innovations like self-driving […]

State transportation bill includes provisions for raising cost of vehicle registrations

The state legislature on Wednesday passed a $7.8 billion transportation bill, despite many lawmakers’ opposition to removing earmarks for local transportation projects and public transit. The two-year transportation budget cleared the House in a 88-16 vote and the Senate in a 28-5 vote Wednesday. The transportation budget is separate from the main operating budget and […]

Concealed carry law takes effect, expanding places where guns can be carried

A new Ohio law began Tuesday, allowing employees to bring guns to company parking lots and licensed Ohioans to carry concealed guns to more places. Employers can still ban weapons inside their businesses, but they can no longer prohibit concealed carry permit holders from leaving firearms locked in their personal vehicles parked on company property. […]

Rep. Goodman to hold district office hours in Mt. Gilead

State Representative Wesley A. Goodman (R-Cardington) announced that he will be holding district office hours on Friday, March 24, 2017 in Mount Gilead. The office hours will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Mount Gilead Public Library Annex Meeting Room located at 35 East High Street, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338. No […]

Ohio House approves bill banning fees for removing mug shots

A bill targeting mugshot-publishing websites that charge fees for removing or editing booking records cleared the Ohio House on Wednesday. Websites such as Mugshots.com collect booking photos and information through public records requests and post them online. That information is rarely updated after a person is released and not charged or a record is sealed. […]