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Tyler Buchanan

Tyler Buchanan

Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.

A ban on bans: Ohio House approves bill to stop local govts from enacting plastic bag bans

By: - December 16, 2019

At the heart of it, Ohio House Bill 242 served as a political Rorschach test. The bill, which the House approved on Wednesday, bans Ohio communities from instituting a tax or prohibition on plastic bags and other single-use items such as straws and cups.  Supporters, primarily Republicans, see this as a simple matter of commercial […]

Gun safety group wants background checks on 2021 ballot

By: - December 13, 2019

A group focused on making background checks required for all gun purchases in Ohio has announced plans to put the issue before legislators and potentially voters statewide. Ohioans for Gun Safety hopes to present the initiative to the statehouse by next year and get it on the ballot if needed in 2021. The initiative would […]

Senators hear of need for center line rumble strips on Ohio’s highways

By: - December 13, 2019

Having lost two sisters in separate fatal car crashes, Emily Ludwig is urging state lawmakers to act to make the state highways more safe for Ohioans. Her sisters, Amanda and Meghann, were both victims in Columbiana County crashes caused by distracted driving. In both the 2012 and 2014 crashes, another vehicle went left-of-center on an […]

Bill would set ground rules for electric scooters in Ohio

By: - December 12, 2019

State Rep. James Hoops gave fellow legislators an offer they perhaps could not refuse. If any senators wanted to ride an electric scooter, Hoops said he knew some people who have one and would let them take a spin. These days, of course, e-scooters are as ubiquitous in Columbus and other big cities as are […]

Front license plates still needed in Ohio, police tell lawmakers 

By: - December 12, 2019

Sgt. Richard Forney has a clear reason why he believes Ohio should require two license plates on vehicles: the presence of the front plate helped his department solve the 2017 murder of Reagan Tokes. The Grove City Police Department sergeant was involved in the Tokes murder investigation. Shortly after Tokes’ body was found dead in […]

Pew report: Ohio’s tax revenues still have not recovered from recession

By: - December 11, 2019

Most states have seen their tax revenue fully recovered from the economic recession a decade ago. Ohio is among the notable exceptions, research from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows, with tax collections in 2019’s first quarter still 7 percent below Ohio’s peak. Income taxes have been repeatedly slashed in Ohio budgets over the last decade. […]

Should Ohioans get a say in approving wind farm projects?

By: - December 11, 2019

State Sen. Rob McColley says the goal of new legislation pertaining to wind turbines is not to “thwart” wind energy production in Ohio. When asked Tuesday about concerns of turbines, though, McColley had several to mention: an alleged negative impact to home values and safety issues for those living near them. He also pointed out […]

Proposed bill would require police training on dementia

By: - December 10, 2019

Reps. Phil Plummer, R-Dayton, and Thomas West, D-Canton, introduced House Bill 441 on Monday. If approved, peace officer trainees would undergo two hours of instruction on how to identify the symptoms of dementia and how to communicate with such individuals (as well as their caregivers). Officers would be trained on how how address “the behavioral […]

4 Dems have filed for Ohio’s presidential primary

By: - December 10, 2019

With the deadline only a week away, just four Democratic presidential candidates have filed for Ohio’s 2020 primary election. Those four are U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, billionaire activist Tom Steyer, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. They are the only ones — out of 15 major […]

What Ohio’s members of Congress think about impeaching Trump

By: - December 10, 2019

Ohio’s 16 members of Congress are split down party lines in whether or not they support the impeachment of President Donald Trump. As the House Judiciary Committee continues to hold public hearings ahead of a chamber-wide vote, the Ohio delegation’s four Democratic members have made clear they support the ongoing impeachment inquiry. The 12 Republicans […]

Inside the fight to get GM to reinvest in Lordstown

By: - December 9, 2019

So much can change in the course of one year.  The Lordstown General Motors assembly plant shut down in March after 53 years of production. Thousands lost their jobs and the closure sent the Mahoning Valley reeling. And now? In just the past month, GM sold that shuttered plant to an electric truck automaker and […]

Improvements coming to Ohio’s state parks in 2020

By: - December 6, 2019

Better customer service, improved signage and more frequent naturalist programming.  Those are among the numerous suggestions on how to reform Ohio’s state parks system. These ideas were developed by a task force of nature experts and educators. They spent the summer of 2019 traveling to many of the 75 state parks to evaluate them for […]