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Bill on rape statutes addresses marital rape loophole

BY: - December 12, 2019

With bipartisan support on the issue of removing the statute of limitations for rape and sexual assault in Ohio, legislators are hoping a bill recently introduced in the state Senate would also remove a loophole involving marital rights. Senate Bill 162 seeks to remove the statute of limitations for rape and sexual assault, which currently […]

Tax credit for donors to anti-abortion pregnancy centers moves toward full Ohio House vote

BY: - December 12, 2019

A bill giving a tax credit to donors for pregnancy centers who promote carrying a pregnancy to term was approved in the state House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, moving it toward a full House vote. Supporters and critics of House Bill 297 made their cases in the fourth committee hearing on the bill, […]

Provisions to address toxic ‘forever chemicals’ struck from must-pass defense bill

BY: - December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats and environmental advocates suffered a stinging setback with the release of a defense policy bill this week that lacks key provisions to crack down on a widespread class of chemicals linked to serious health problems.  The must-pass legislation represented the lawmakers’ best hope this year for enacting a comprehensive set of […]

Congress reaches deal on paid parental leave for federal employees

BY: - December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers have reached a landmark agreement on paid parental leave for federal workers that could institute paid time off for civilian employees for the first time. The measure would give federal workers 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a newborn or adopted child — extending the same benefits currently given to […]

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. […]

Wealth and income inequality in America continuing to explode

BY: - December 11, 2019

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: The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent is writing about, “The massive triumph of the rich, illustrated by […]

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Bill regulating nurse overtime awaits Ohio House vote

BY: - December 11, 2019

UPDATE 12/11/19 3:16 p.m.: The House approved House Bill 144 on Wednesday with a vote of 80-13. A bill seeking to regulate overtime requirements for nurses is making its way through the legislature, with support from the Ohio Nurses Association and opposition from the Ohio Hospital Association and state Chamber of Commerce. House Bill 144 […]

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 […]

Democrats’ impeachment articles: abuse of power, obstruction of Congress

BY: - December 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats on Tuesday announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders to formally lay out their charges against the president: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. A vote on the articles is expected […]

Democrats, Trump declare victory on massive trade deal

BY: - December 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats have worked out key differences with the Trump administration over a massive trade deal, allowing both sides to declare a legislative victory on the same day the House unveiled articles of impeachment against the president.   If ratified, the deal would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which took […]

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 […]