Judge blocks Ohio’s Down syndrome abortion ban

Ohio’s new Down syndrome abortion ban is on hold after a federal judge in Cincinnati sided with abortion providers who claimed the ban was unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday blocking the new law from going into effect next week while the case continues. Black wrote in a 22-page […]

State school board votes to oppose merger, legislature says they should not interfere

The state school board should not be taking votes about a bill that would change the entire state education bureaucracy, Rep. Bill Reineke, the bill’s sponsor, said Wednesday. Reineke, a Tiffin Republican, blasted Tuesday’s vote by the board to oppose the bill as a “self-serving” attempt to ” interfere in the internal deliberations of the […]

Ohio Democrats push bill to increase minimum wage to $15

House and Senate Democrats are pushing a bill that would incrementally raise Ohio’s minimum wage to $15 by 2025. The proposal is all but dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled General Assembly, but the bill sponsors say they need to explore every path toward raising Ohio’s minimum wage from its current $8.30 an hour. “You’ve […]

Bill would provide tax credit, recognition for still births in Ohio

Heather Johnston Welliver told lawmakers Tuesday morning she had just six hours in 2014 with her daughter Lydia, who was stillborn, to read to her, kiss her and tell her how much she loves her. Then came the cremation and memorial service, the hospital bills and the grief counseling she needed after the painful and […]

Draft Ohio education goals would put emotional health, critical reasoning and job skills on par with English and math

Schools shouldn’t be just about test scores in math and English, the state school board says. They should also be about emotional health, critical reasoning and how to be an “engaged, culturally aware and contributing member of society.” And they should help prepare students for jobs, as much as they do for college. After a […]

Kasich philosophical at final State of the State address

It was appropriate for Ohio GOP Gov. John Kasich to hold his final State of the State speech at Otterbein University, the small liberal arts college affiliated with the Methodist Church. Not because Kasich was touting the revitalization of a small town like Westerville or singing the praises of higher education in the state. It […]

Bill would prohibit Anthem, other insurers from denying some ER claims

As promised, a Cincinnati Democrat introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would prohibit insurance companies from denying paying for some of their policyholders’ emergency room claims. House Bill 536 attempts to halt a new rule by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield that went into effect at the beginning of the year, in which […]

Payday lenders would face stricter rules under proposed constitutional amendment

Ohioans urging stricter rules for payday lenders took the first step Wednesday to put an interest rate cap and other reforms on the November ballot. Supporters say a constitutional amendment is necessary because the Ohio General Assembly has failed to act on similar reforms introduced last year. The proposed amendment would cap interest rates in […]

Ohio Governor’s bipartisan gun panel issues six recommendations

Tightening background checks for gun buyers and allowing “red flag” protection orders were among six gun violence policy recommendations made Thursday by a bipartisan panel assembled by Gov. John Kasich. Four other recommendations would put federal restrictions into state law so Ohio law enforcement officials could pursue charges that otherwise would go unprosecuted by federal […]

Representative McClain appointed to House Committees

State Representative Riordan McClain (R-Upper Sandusky) was recently appointed by Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) to serve on four House committees. Rep. McClain will serve on the following committees: Agriculture and Rural Development, Government Accountability and Oversight, Higher Education and Workforce Development, and Ways and Means. “Much of the impactful work of the legislature is accomplished […]