Stalemate continues at Ohio House over election of new Speaker

The Ohio House’s stalemate over finding a new speaker will continue into its second week, as lawmakers canceled another planned vote Wednesday amid uncertainty over whether Rep. Ryan Smith has the needed votes to win the job. “I want to use the old carpenter’s axiom that you measure twice and cut once, so I need […]

Feds turn down Ohio request for exemption from individual mandate

The federal government has turned down Ohio’s request to nix Obamacare’s individual mandate, saying the Department of Insurance didn’t provide necessary information in its application. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in a Thursday letter to Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment, said Ohio needs to provide a state plan that “among […]

Judges decline to halt Ohio medical marijuana implementation

A pair of Franklin County judges ruled this week against stopping Ohio’s medical marijuana program, siding with state regulators and patients who said any further delay in the program would prevent sick people from getting their medicine. Unsuccessful applicants to grow medical marijuana wanted the court to pause the program while state regulators consider their […]

Attorney General accepting applications for Teen Ambassador Board

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced that his office is now accepting applications for its Teen Ambassador Board. Ohio high school students who will be juniors or seniors during the 2018-2019 school year are eligible to apply. The deadline is May 31, 2018. “This is an opportunity for students to learn more about government, meet new people, […]

Federal appeals court: Ohio effort to defund Planned Parenthood unconstitutional

A panel of three federal appeals court judges ruled Wednesday that Ohio lawmakers passed an unconstitutional law that sought to defund Planned Parenthood and keep the organization from receiving public money to pay for non-abortion-related health care programs for the poor. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the second court to strike down […]

New law extends protection orders to dating partners

A new Ohio law expands civil protection orders to dating partners, bringing Ohio in line with every other state except Georgia. Ohio law previously allowed spouses, cohabitants and parents to seek protection orders but excluded people who weren’t living together. House Bill 1, signed Thursday by Gov. John Kasich, expands the court orders to dating […]

Recommended gun law changes introduced at Ohio Statehouse

Ohio would get a “red flag” law and other bipartisan gun law changes embraced by Republican Gov. John Kasich under a bill introduced at the Statehouse on Thursday. State Rep. Michael Henne, a Dayton-area Republican, introduced legislation containing six changes Kasich recommended last month to Ohio gun and background check laws. The second-term governor pitched […]

State lawmakers vote to make Ohio’s annual sales tax holiday permanent

Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday approved a permanent sales tax holiday, sending the bill to Gov. John Kasich for his signature. Kasich signed bills for single-year tax-free weekends in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The three-day tax holiday will begin the first Friday of every August. Clothing and shoes priced at $75 or less and school supplies […]

Bill introduced to create “red flag” gun law for Ohio

A pair of Ohio Democratic senators introduced a bill Wednesday to allow law enforcement to remove guns from individuals a court deems dangerous to themselves or others. Sen. Joe Schiavoni, a Boardman Democrat who’s also running for governor, said court-issued extreme risk protection orders, also called “red flag” laws, are a “common sense” step that […]

Statewide poll: Ohioans want new gun regulations

Registered voters in Ohio – both Democrats and Republicans, and men and women – support a wide range of new gun regulations, according to results released Thursday of a statewide poll conducted by Baldwin Wallace University. The school’s Community Research Institute polled 1,011 registered voters from Feb. 28 through March 9 and found: 91 percent […]