Politics & Gov

Second conference committee to be formed on EdChoice issues

BY: - February 13, 2020

The Ohio Senate rejected a House overhaul of the state’s private school voucher program Wednesday, sending yet another bill related to EdChoice to a conference committee. Senate Bill 89 was up for consideration at the Senate’s session Wednesday night, but several senators spoke out against the amendments made, ultimately voting down the emergency clause of […]

Lawmakers want to anchor down income tax rate, but worries loom over bond ratings

BY: - February 12, 2020

Ohio Senate Republicans want to anchor down the nearly 40-year low on the state’s income tax rate, though worry has settled in over blowback from credit agencies. Senate Joint Resolution 3, if approved by a supermajority of lawmakers and a majority of voters during the 2020 election, would amend the state Constitution to require supermajority […]

Supporters: Student religious liberty bill protects all students

BY: - February 12, 2020

Supporters of a bill to further “clarify” students’ rights to exercise their faith said Tuesday that the bill is a protection for those of any faith or no faith at all. House Bill 164 has been under scrutiny since it was introduced, and the criticism by education officials and the ACLU continued after it was […]

Lightbody introduces bill to ban conversion therapy

BY: - February 11, 2020

A Democratic Ohio state representative has introduced legislation that would ban the use of conversion therapy for treating minors, a press release said Tuesday. The process of conversion therapy is considered emotionally traumatic and has been linked to higher rates of suicide and depression, according to the American Psychological Association.  State Rep. Mary Lightbody, D-Westerville, […]

Farmers bullish on hemp, Dayton locals winning Oscars, and the costs of Rx drugs

BY: - February 11, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Hemp dreams. Mahoning Matters is reporting, “Ohio farmers cautiously optimistic about hemp industry.” “Ohio’s farmers […]

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Ohio House and Senate still in conflict on vouchers, conference committees scheduled

BY: - February 11, 2020

With the Ohio Senate still planning to reject an overhaul to the Educational Choice Scholarship program, a renewed push for a revised but still intact EdChoice has begun. After the Senate was left without a bill to vote on last week because of administrative and technical issues, the fate of Senate Bill 89 is still […]

Native American women are missing and murdered. Will the federal government act?

BY: - February 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was 22, eight months pregnant, and looking forward to her baby shower the following day when she went missing on a sunny August afternoon in 2017. She had gone to a neighbor’s apartment in Fargo, N.D., where she had been asked to help with a sewing project.  She never went home.  […]

Ohio House members propose bill to address toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

BY: - February 10, 2020

Two Ohio House Democrats have introduced legislation that would crack down on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of chemicals known as PFAS that are said to cause serious health problems. State Reps. Allison Russo, D- Upper Arlington, and Mary Lightbody, D-Westerville, last week announced the introduction of The Safe Drinking Water Act. The bill […]

In acquittal victory speech, Trump praises ‘warrior’ Rep. Jordan’s body

BY: - February 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump took a victory lap on Thursday, the day after the U.S. Senate voted to acquit him on articles of impeachment.  After slamming Democrats for engaging in an unfair partisan “witch hunt” against him, Trump welcomed what he called “total acquittal” and singled out his friends in Congress who had his […]

Congress is talking about paid family leave. Will they do anything?

BY: - February 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem to agree on expanding access to paid family leave.  But they disagree on how to do it.  U.S. House lawmakers debated three bills on Capitol Hill this week that would take dramatically different approaches to expanding access to paid leave, with Democrats and Republicans deeply divided on […]

Senate left waiting as transfer of House EdChoice overhaul delayed

BY: - February 6, 2020

Senate legislators plan not to concur with the House version of a bill that would overhaul EdChoice in favor of an income-based scholarship program. After two different Senate sessions, one Wednesday evening and another Thursday morning, the chamber had not received the House version of Senate Bill 89, which it had passed 87-7 on Wednesday […]

Ohio Fairness Act fills hearing room with advocates, business groups

BY: - February 6, 2020

It wasn’t the many hordes of people that crowded into a Statehouse hearing room that got people’s attention on Tuesday. It wasn’t even the more than 250 testimonies filed on the issue at hand. It was the 11-year-girl bending the microphone so she could reach it, telling her story of being bullied by kids and […]