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Ohio House eyes tax cut for manufacturing industry

BY: - January 29, 2020

State House lawmakers are considering a tax cut aimed at the manufacturing industry. Like most states, Ohio does not impose a sales tax on industrial machinery. House Bill 440, however, would scrap a tax on the sale of labor from staffing agencies to manufacturers, so long as the agencies provide workers who operate industrial machinery […]

John Bolton, Ohio’s rivers and streams, and human trafficking

BY: - January 28, 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: Another firsthand witness. The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman and Michael S. Schmidt are reporting, […]

Brown pushes DeWine on kinship care, national poll shows caregivers could be major voting bloc

BY: - January 28, 2020

As a movement crosses the country promoting paid family leave expansion, a national poll found that caregivers could be a major voting bloc in the next election, and a U.S. senator from Ohio is urging the state to help fund this growing population. Ohio Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling on Gov. Mike DeWine […]

New safety program allows Ohioans to inform police of communication disabilities

BY: - January 28, 2020

The program allowing Ohioans to identify as having a communication disability, for the purpose of informing law enforcement, is now in place. Residents with a diagnosed communications disability can voluntarily be added to the database. The hope is that officers can learn about someone’s disability prior to making contact, which the program’s website states will […]

Wages, voting, vouchers and public utilities

BY: - January 27, 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: Wages and voting. The Toledo Blade’s Jim Provance is reporting, “Ballot issues would hike […]

Many census jobs in Ohio still available

BY: - January 27, 2020

With the 2020 U.S. Census approaching, the federal government is hiring hundreds of thousands of Americans to conduct field work and staff the many temporary offices. This includes jobs in all of Ohio’s 88 counties as well as seven offices located in the Buckeye State — in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Mansfield, Akron, Cleveland and Toledo. […]

U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, questions Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

‘What year is this?’ Ohio congresswomen aim to stamp out hair-based discrimination

BY: - January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — About a year ago, a New Jersey teen was forced to cut his dreadlocks in order to participate in a high school wrestling match.  The wrestler, Andrew Johnson, received a hurried haircut after he was told by a referee that his hair violated wrestling rules. He won the match and state officials opened […]

Sen. Sherrod Brown says of GOP colleagues: ‘They think the president lies too much’

BY: - January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are largely united in their public defense of President Donald Trump as his impeachment trial proceeds in the U.S. Senate.  But that’s not the reality behind closed doors, according to Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown.  “I spend a lot of time talking to Republican colleagues … and I know what a […]

Bipartisan proposal would cut prescription costs, lawmakers say

BY: - January 27, 2020

State Reps. Thomas E. West, D-Canton, and Susan Manchester, R-Waynesfield, unveiled legislation last week they say would cut out-of-pocket prescription costs for patients. Patients with chronic, complex conditions such as multiple sclerosis and hemophilia rely on copay assistance programs through organizations like drug manufacturers, charities, and churches to help cover the costs of their prescription […]

‘It’s a reincarnation of Dred Scott:’ Ohio lawmakers mull forcing cities to cooperate with ICE

BY: - January 24, 2020

Ohio House Republicans resumed a push Thursday to force local law enforcement to cooperate with federal authorities seeking to deport illegal immigrants. Should local governments fail to comply with requests from the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to detain suspected illegal immigrants for up to 48 hours, House Bill 169 would cut them off from […]

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Bipartisan Ohio bill seeks to raise age to own firearms to 21

BY: - January 24, 2020

A bill with bipartisan sponsorship making its way through the Ohio legislature aims to raise the age for gun ownership from 18 to 21. Senate Bill 182 would also increase the maximum amount of prison time and fines attached to the charge of “improperly furnishing a firearm to an underage person.” Under the proposed law, […]

National report finds Ohio lagging in traffic safety laws

BY: - January 24, 2020

As Ohio looks at more potential distracted driving legislation, a new study says the state needs to do more to help protect drivers.  The policy alliance Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety released a nationwide report on the state of safety laws in each state, and came up with recommendations for laws that need to […]