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 […]

Republican lawmakers introduce bill to ban abortion outright, force Supreme Court review

Two Republican Ohio lawmakers have introduced a bill that would outright ban abortion in Ohio, legislation that some abortion opponents hope will push a more conservative U.S. Supreme Court to review past decisions legalizing abortion. House Bill 565 would ban all abortions at all stages of pregnancy, even in cases of rape, incest or when […]

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 […]