Lawmakers approve Ohio Sales Tax Holiday for back-to-school items

Ohio consumers will again get a back-to-school sales tax break on clothing, school supplies and instructional materials in August. The Ohio House and Senate on Wednesday approved the third annual sales tax holiday for Aug. 4-6. The bill cleared the House in a 92-1 vote and the Senate in a 30-1 vote. If Gov. John […]

Amid budget crunch, small business tax break cost nearly $400 million more than expected

Ohio’s “small business” tax break cost the state about $943 million in taxdollars in 2015, according to the Ohio Department of Taxation. That’s nearly $400 million more than estimated. That year, 605,890 taxpayers claimed the business income deduction for income earned from sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability corporations and s-corporations. The cost for the tax […]

Ohio Bill would decriminalize carrying a concealed weapon into a gun-free site

Concealed handgun permit holders caught carrying on school grounds and other gun-free sites would no longer be subject to prison time under a bill introduced in the Ohio House. Rep. John Becker, a Clermont County Republican, sponsored a bill decriminalizing the violation. Under House Bill 233, a concealed handgun license holder, with a concealed firearm, […]

Ohio lawmakers, FOP propose stronger “move over” law

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers are proposing harsher penalties for drivers who fail to move over for an emergency vehicle if his or her actions result in injury or death after two Northeast Ohio officers were killed while working on the side of the highway. Ohio’s “move over law” requires drivers to move for stopped […]

Ohio Bill would effectively ban most abortions after 13 weeks

Most second trimester abortions would be banned in Ohio under a bill introduced Thursday in the Senate. Senate Bill 145 would ban dilation and evacuation, an abortion method typically used between 13 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. Its sponsors are Republican Sens. Matt Huffman of Lima and Steve Wilson of Maineville. During the procedure, also […]

Ohio House passes new 2-year state budget, Marion Rep. votes no

The Ohio House on Tuesday passed a $63.7 billion, two-year state budget with additional money to fight Ohio’s opioid crisis. The bill passed 58-37, mostly along party lines, and now heads to the Senate, which will make its own revisions over the coming weeks. Both chambers must agree to a bill before the new fiscal […]

Ohio House passes new budget with over 300 changes

Boozy ice cream, drug prevention taught in driver’s ed and a new mileage reimbursement for state lawmakers were among the additions made Tuesday to Ohio’s next two-year operating budget. The House Finance Committee accepted more than 300 amendments to the budget bill, touching everything from taxes and health care to airport improvements and video poker […]

The State Budget: Being Responsible Stewards of Taxpayer Dollars

As we put tax day behind us, discussions are intensifying about how the state will be spending your money over the next two years. House Bill 49, which sets the budget for the next two fiscal years, is currently under consideration in the House and will move on to the Senate in early May. Anyone […]

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 […]