Ohio House passes version of bill banning abortions for Down syndrome

The Ohio General Assembly took another step Wednesday toward banning abortions after a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome. The Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 164 in a 20-12 vote. Three Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the bill: Gayle Manning of North Ridgeville, Matt Dolan of Chagrin Falls and Stephanie Kunze of Hilliard. The House […]

Rep. Goodman resigns following “inappropriate behavior”

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) released the following statement Wednesday regarding the resignation of State Representative Wes Goodman (R-Cardington) who represents most of Marion County. “It is with deep regret that I have asked State Representative Wes Goodman to offer his resignation as a member of the Ohio House. I was […]

State lawmakers eye bill to ban some suspensions of young students

Ohio could join the growing number of states and cities to ban suspensions of young students as damaging and counterproductive, under a new bill to be released this week. State Sen. Peggy Lehner, who chairs the Senate education committee, says she is astounded that Ohio schools kick kids in kindergarten through third grade out of […]

Ohio Houses passes ban on Down syndrome abortions, bill heads to Senate

The Ohio House on Wednesday advanced a bill that would ban abortions when a test shows the fetus likely has Down syndrome. Doctors would face a fourth-degree felony, punishable by up to 18 months in prison, for providing an abortion after a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis. Women who have abortions in violation of the law […]

Some State officials express disillusionment over district report cards

State Sen. Peggy Lehner used to be completely behind Ohio’s testing and school accountability system. “I no longer feel that way,” the chair of the Senate Education Committee told a panel in Shaker Heights this week. “I look at 20 years of federally-mandated testing…and I came to question it.” She is not alone. Ohio’s latest […]

Bill would create stiffer penalties for school bullies

Schools need to stop ignoring bullying and take real action to stop it, say two local state legislators who have proposed separate new laws to curb the bad behavior. State Sen. Sandra Williams, a Cleveland Democrat, and State Rep. Dave Greenspan, a Westlake Republican, have different approaches to their bills. But both say they have […]

Bill would give option to avoid tax “marriage penalty”

A bipartisan state bill would eliminate Ohio’s so-called “marriage penalty” by allowing couples to separately file their state income tax returns. A married couple who each works full time and earns minimum wage pays $159 more a year in income taxes than they would if they filed separately, according to the Ohio Department of Taxation. […]

New state rule limits opioid prescriptions to seven days for acute pain

Ohio doctors can prescribe only seven days of opioids for adults in acute pain, under new rules that begin Thursday. Children are limited to five days. The rules, announced in March and reiterated Wednesday by state medical leaders and Gov. John Kasich, are an attempt to curb dependence on the drugs. The rules could reduce […]

Marion Representative announces Ohio Campus Free Speech Act

State Representatives Wesley A. Goodman (R-Cardington) and Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) announced Tuesday that they are introducing the Ohio Campus Free Speech Act. The bill aims to ensure that the laws, policies, and conduct of Ohio’s public colleges and universities be fully consistent with the First Amendment. Through various legislative updates, the Ohio Campus Free Speech […]

Ohio budget bill eliminated cash benefits to some people with disabilities

Gov. John Kasich and state lawmakers last month quietly eliminated a state safety net program that provided cash benefits to about 6,000 disabled Ohioans with little or no income. The state stopped accepting new applications for the Disability Financial Assistance program July 1 — a change buried in the 3,300-page state budget bill. Ohioans receiving […]