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House disagrees on EdChoice amendments, bill heads to conference committee

BY: - January 29, 2020

Update 1/29 9:10 p.m. — The conference committee discussing the private school voucher program EdChoice has left the statehouse for the evening. House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, said in a statement Wednesday night that representatives have set forth a plan to replace EdChoice with an “entirely poverty-based” system. “It would allow schools — public and […]

Student religious liberties bill introduced in Ohio Senate committee

BY: - January 23, 2020

The sponsor of a bill he says is intended to make religious activities a regular part of schools, just as secular activities are, presented his measure to an Ohio Senate committee on Tuesday. State Rep. Timothy Ginter, R-Salem, introduced the bill in the Senate Education Committee, saying the proposal “is intended to protect the religious […]

All statehouse committee hearings will now be taped. Here’s how to watch them.

BY: - January 16, 2020

Committee hearings in the Ohio Senate will be streamed live going forward and available for viewing afterward, the chamber’s leadership announced this week. The Senate joins the Ohio House in broadcasting these committee hearings, along with the chambers’ sessions, both online and on TV.  Hearings will be broadcast live by the Ohio Channel on OhioChannel.org […]

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Ohio political storylines to watch in 2020

BY: - January 3, 2020

Earlier this week, the Ohio Capital Journal outlined a number of policy areas to watch in 2020. This is also shaping up to be an important election year. Today we look at some of the key political storylines to keep an eye on in 2020: Ohio Supreme Court: GOP majority, or Dem sweep? Two judicial […]

20 of 21 Ohio bills that became law in 2019 had at least some bipartisan support

BY: - December 31, 2019

While Ohio Republicans hold supermajorities in both state legislative chambers, the top Democrat in the House has perhaps a surprising verdict on 2019: it was a year of “unprecedented bipartisanship.” The numbers largely back up House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes’ claim. Republicans have strongholds in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate, along with controlling the […]

Battle for the Statehouse 2020: A guide for the primaries

BY: - December 20, 2019

It won’t be a full, 99-seat strategy for the Ohio Democrats in 2020. But the party will put up a challenger in 83 House seats next year as it tries to wrest away Republican supermajorities in both chambers — a 61-38 edge in the House and 24-9 in the Senate.  The GOP plans to keep […]

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Bill looks to give employers ‘affirmative defense’ in sex harassment cases

BY: - December 16, 2019

A bill that would provide an “affirmative defense” for employers in sexual harassment cases is continuing through the Ohio Legislature. House Bill 352, also called the “Employment Law Uniformity Act,” has been touted by its sponsors as a new way to allow “timely, fair, and efficient resolution of claims for both employers and employees,” according […]

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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 […]