Ohio lobbyists get keycard access to Capitol, state buildings

BY: - June 24, 2021

State policy grants lobbyists greater access to government buildings than the general public, according to government officials. Members of the Ohio Lobbying Association, which represents Ohio lobbyists, can obtain access cards to the Statehouse and state office buildings nearby. The cards are also available to lawmakers, their staff, some state employees and certain journalists. They […]

Senate budget adds new restrictions on abortion providers

BY: - June 10, 2021

The Senate passed its version of the state budget Wednesday, which includes new regulations on abortion providers that advocates say are medically unnecessary and a backdoor effort to restrict access. State law currently requires “ambulatory surgical facilities” — outpatient surgery centers that include abortion providers — to create written agreements with a local hospital outlining […]