Riordan McClain selected by House panel to fill vacancy as local State Representative

Speaker Pro Tempore of the Ohio House Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) has announced that the screening panels responsible for vetting applicants to fill the vacant 81st and 87th House District seats have each made their unanimous recommendations for the appointments. Riordan McClain from Upper Sandusky has been recommended by the screening panel to fill the vacancy […]

Mandel drops bid for U.S. Senate citing wife’s health issues

Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Friday his withdrawal from the race for U.S. Senate. Mandel, largely considered the Republican frontrunner, cited an unspecified health issue with his wife, Ilana, as the primary reason. “After recent discussions with our family and healthcare professionals, it has become clear to us that it’s no longer possible for […]

Ohio’s minimum wage to increase 15 cents in 2018

Ohio’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase on January 1, 2018, to $8.30 per hour for non-tipped employees and $4.15 per hour for tipped employees. The minimum wage will apply to employees of businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $305,000 per year. The current 2017 Ohio minimum wage is $8.15 per hour for […]

Governor signs Down syndrome abortion ban into law

Ohio on Friday became the fourth state to ban abortions performed after a prenatal test shows the fetus has or might have Down syndrome. Gov. John Kasich signed into law House Bill 214, the 20th abortion restriction passed since he took office in 2011, and 14 other bills Friday morning. Under the law, doctors who […]

Ten vie for Ohio House seat representing much of Marion County

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has announced the group of applicants who met the deadline to be screened to fill the vacant 81st and 87th House District seats. A screening panel for each vacancy has been tasked with vetting the applicants. Speaker Rosenberger has selected Speaker Pro Tempore Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) […]

Bill Would Improve Palliative Care, Establish More Fulfilling Lives for Ohioans

The love and support Ohio families show to one another is unlike any other. Families share memories of countless holidays and adventures spent together throughout life. Nothing should interfere with the special bond families have, especially when it comes to hospice care. It can be devastating when a loved one becomes diagnosed with a serious […]

Bill banning abortions after Down syndrome diagnosis heads to Governor’s desk

A bill banning abortion after a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome has cleared the Ohio General Assembly and will now go to Gov. John Kasich’s desk. The Ohio Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to House Bill 214 in a 20-12 vote. The bill was passed by the House in November. Three Republicans, including Gayle […]

State eyes easing graduation requirements for 2019, 2020 seniors

Ohio’s new test score requirements to graduate from high school could be eased again, under plans gaining traction in the state school board. Statewide requirements that students score well on state tests in order to earn a diploma took effect with the class of 2018, this year’s senior class. But worries about a graduation “apocalypse” […]

Process announced for filling vacated State representative seat

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has announced that screening panels will be organized in the coming weeks to begin the process of filling the vacancies in the 81st and 87th House districts. The 87th House District is currently vacant, and the 81st House District will be vacant after next Tuesday, December […]

Four Marion applications received by State for medical marijuana dispensaries

Ohio regulators received 370 applications to sell medical marijuana but will initially award only 57 licenses at most. Cuyahoga and Franklin counties could have up to five dispensaries apiece, while many suburban and rural counties might not have any. And because no applications were filed in six western counties, the state won’t redistribute those counties’ […]