Poll: 57 percent of Ohioans approve of Governor Kasich, evenly split on Senators

Ohio Gov. John Kasich enjoys an approval rating of 57 percent – the 20th highest gubernatorial rating in the country, according to a poll released Tuesday morning. While the lame duck governor — who is term limited and leaves the office in 2018 – has battled with the General Assembly over the budget bill, budget […]

Bill to allow a pass for entering a gun-free zone with a concealed weapon passed by Ohio House

The Ohio House adopted a bill Thursday that would allow concealed handgun license holders to avoid punishment if they enter a gun-free zone such as a school with a weapon. If concealed licensees leave the premises when found with a gun under House Bill 233, they would face no criminal charges. After passing mostly along […]

Ohio House declines to vote on overriding veto on Medicaid expansion freeze, may vote at later date

Ohio’s Medicaid expansion will continue without a freeze on enrollment. The Ohio House on Thursday rejected 11 of Gov. John Kasich’s budget vetoes but did not take a vote to reinstate a proposed freeze on Medicaid expansion enrollment. The House’s inaction on the freeze was seen as a big win for Kasich, who has made […]

Governor vetos 47 items from State Budget, including Medicaid freeze

Gov. John Kasich used his veto pen late Friday night to gut his fellow Republicans’ major Medicaid policy changes in the state budget bill, but the budget battle might roll into the following week. Legislative leaders told lawmakers last week they could be called back to the Statehouse to override any of the governor’s vetoes. […]

Ohio Senate passes ban on abortion technique

The Ohio Senate adopted Wednesday afternoon a bill that will effectively end most second-trimester abortions in the state. Senators voted along party lines, 24 to 9, for Senate Bill 145, which now heads to the House, likely for consideration after the summer recess. The bill bans dilation and evacuation procedures, performed typically between 13 and […]

Rep. Pelanda backs legislation to streamline in-person absentee voting process

The Ohio House of Representatives today passed legislation that updates various laws pertaining to voter registration, as well as procedures for casting, processing and reviewing in-person absentee ballots. The goal of House Bill 41, sponsored by Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville), is to ensure that in-person absentee voters are afforded the same streamlined process as Election […]

Supporters of Marsy’s Law submit signatures for constitutional amendment

Victims’ rights advocates submitted 563,556 signatures to Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office Thursday, aiming to put a constitutional amendment called Marsy’s Law for Ohio on the November ballot. Husted’s staff will review the signatures in support of the amendment, checking names and making sure addresses match with voter registrations. At least 305,591 valid signatures […]

State lawmakers set to finish up new budget with another $20 million left to cut

Updated projections released Thursday confirmed Ohio lawmakers will have to close a budget hole a little bigger than $1 billion. The budget bill passed by the Ohio Senate Wednesday already had that goal in mind — senators trimmed spending by about $1 billion. Senators and representatives on the conference committee working on a budget compromise […]

Ohio Senate proposes easing high school graduation requirements

The state Senate is looking to stave off a possible high school graduation “crisis” by allowing students to graduate even with poor scores on state tests. The Senate Finance Committee included exemptions from test score requirements in its new version of the state budget bill today. Those must still pass the full Senate and also […]

Senate Democrats propose ending Ohio small business tax break to fill State budget hole

Senate Democrats on Thursday pitched their idea to patch the $1 billion state budget hole — eliminate Ohio’s small business tax break. Repealing the business income tax deduction, phased in since 2013, would generate $2.2 billion over the next two years, according to analysis from the nonpartisan Legislative Service Commission. Democrats said the money would […]