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Ohio Senate Democrats attempting to repeal state’s firearm preemptions

BY: - June 5, 2023

Two Democrats in the Ohio Senate want to ensure local governments can regulate firearms. State law currently reserves such decisions for the General Assembly — although there has been some pushback in court. Still, given Republicans’ reticence to take any steps that could be seen as limiting access to guns, it seems unlikely the Democratic […]

Prohibition on gun insurance requirements getting first Ohio House hearing

BY: - May 5, 2023

A consequential firearms measure cruised through the Ohio Senate and is currently waiting on a hearing in the House Insurance committee. The proposal, like numerous previous measures, preempts local action, this time by prohibiting fees or liability insurance for gun owners. Cities around Ohio are wrestling with increases in violent crime since the pandemic, but […]

Ohio state Senate Democrats lay out priorities for the coming term

BY: - January 18, 2023

Ohio’s Senate Democrats gathered in a Statehouse conference room Tuesday to discuss their priorities for the coming term. The gathering itself offered a stark visual reminder of the challenges the minority faces. The seven Democratic senators weren’t even enough to fill the small conference table where they met. Minority Leader Nickie Antonio acknowledged they face […]

Ohio’s minimum wage to rise by 10 cents per hour in 2021

BY: - December 25, 2020

The Ohio minimum wage will rise by 10 cents to $8.80 per hour in 2021. That will be the wage for non-tipped employees. Tipped workers will earn $4.35 per hour plus tips in 2021. Ohio workers under the age of 16 will make the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour. Ohio’s minimum wage […]

State senators introduce bill to make Juneteenth a paid holiday in Ohio

BY: - June 29, 2020

Will Ohio become the second state in America to make Juneteeth a paid holiday? That’s the hope of two bipartisan state senators who introduced Senate Bill 334 on Monday to make that happen. They are state Sens. Hearcel Craig, D-Columbus, and Andrew Brenner, R-Powell. Craig and Powell are joined by 12 other state senators, including […]

Ohio House passes bill to limit Dr. Acton’s power to issue health orders

BY: - May 6, 2020

A small group of Ohio legislators may be given the chance to put the state’s COVID-19 health orders to a vote. The Ohio House of Representatives has approved a bill that would give that group authority to approve or reject certain orders from Dr. Amy Acton, the director of the Ohio Department of Health. The […]

Many Ohio lawmakers use campaign $$ to subscribe to hometown papers

BY: - February 7, 2020

Dozens of Ohio legislators are choosing to spend their donors’ money in the interest of local journalism. In total, 35 state representatives and senators paid for news subscriptions using campaign funds in 2019, a review from the Ohio Capital Journal has found.  And though the president bemoans the alleged problem of “fake news,” it is […]

Musician sings of struggles as lawmakers highlight bills that would help black families

BY: - February 5, 2020

The story sung by Paisha Thomas inside the Ohio Statehouse atrium tells of a hard-working mother. She has three kids, and is stuck picking up extra shifts on Fridays to make up for the time spent raising them.  She weighs the cost and makes the choice, is it the chicken or the rent? As the […]