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House passes abortion burial bill, now moves to governor for signature

BY: - December 4, 2020

The House passed a bill on Thursday to require abortion providers to bury or cremate fetal remains, despite arguments from religious groups and health clinics in the state. State representatives passed the bill on a 60 to 35 vote along party lines. The bill passed out of the House Civil Justice Committee the same day […]

House passes school funding overhaul, sending it to the Senate

BY: - December 4, 2020

In what legislators called a double-decade effort, a public school funding formula model passed the Ohio House with bipartisan support. The bill passed overwhelmingly, with a vote of 84-8. State Rep. John Patterson, D-Jefferson, brought the measure to the floor, just as he and now-House Speaker Bob Cupp brought the measure up the first time, […]

School funding overhaul moves on for full House vote

BY: - December 3, 2020

The Ohio House version of the public school funding overhaul in the works for three years was approved by the House Finance Committee and is headed for a full House vote, led by its former sponsor. HB 305 had its 10th hearing in the finance committee on Wednesday, where the committee heard from several more […]

Ohio Supreme Court schedules arguments in armed teachers case

BY: - December 1, 2020

The Ohio Supreme Court has scheduled time for the parties in a lawsuit about arming teachers in schools to argue their cases. The state’s highest court will hear from attorneys representing Butler County’s Madison Local Schools and families who filed to keep the school from instituting a firearms policy for school personnel. Oral arguments, which […]

Education bills very active during Ohio Statehouse lame duck session

BY: - November 24, 2020

Both the Ohio Senate’s and House’s proposed overhaul of the state’s public education system are speeding through committees. Both the House and Senate heard hours of testimony on companion bills meant to spell out the changes that would be made to the school funding formula, one that has been deemed unconstitutional multiple times over the […]

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This year, Ohio lawmakers can break lame duck’s bad reputation

BY: - November 24, 2020

Ah, lame duck. The name says it all. It is everyone’s, including many legislators, least favorite season — even with long, Ohio winters. As the election buzz begins to die down, every two years, our lawmakers come together for a final round robin of legislating before they head home for the holidays. Lame duck is […]

Ohio Fairness Act back in committee, supporters and opposition ready to continue fight

BY: - November 17, 2020

With supporters and opponents ready to jump in, a bill regarding LGBTQ discrimination is once again in front of an Ohio House committee, but the passage of the bill is still unclear. The Ohio Fairness Act will be heard by the House Civil Justice Committee exactly one year since it was introduced in the committee. […]

Ohio Supreme Court, legislation address victims rights bills

BY: - November 13, 2020

The Ohio Supreme Court said a city is not considered a victim under a law that would give restitution to crime victims. The city of Centerville tried to recoup $1,375 in payroll losses after a false active shooter report was filed by a resident in 2018. Michael Knab reported a shooter to Centerville Police Department, […]

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Telehealth expansion bill introduced in Ohio Senate

BY: - November 12, 2020

A bill to expand telehealth amid a pandemic that continues to grow in Ohio has entered a state Senate committee for consideration. House Bill 679 passed the Ohio House in June, and seeks to expand telemedicine provisions already present in law regarding fields such as psychology, speech pathology, therapy and professional counseling, independent social workers […]

Two bills seek to address unconstitutional public school funding before year’s end

BY: - November 9, 2020

Running parallel to a House Bill in the works for years, Ohio state senators have introduced a similar proposal to equalize the public school budget formula and set up the next General Assembly with a “blueprint” for a funding overhaul. In a virtual press conference on Friday, state Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, and Sen. Vernon […]

Reproductive rights battles will continue after small election changes to judiciary, legislature

BY: - November 6, 2020

While anti-abortion groups claim victory in Ohio with little change to the majority conservative Ohio legislature, abortion-rights groups are ready for continued fights in the Statehouse and in the courts. The Ohio Supreme Court saw one seat flipped, with Judge Jennifer Brunner overtaking incumbent justice Judith French in unofficial results Tuesday. It doesn’t flip the […]

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Taking stock of the 2020 Election results in Ohio and their consequences

BY: - November 4, 2020

While the U.S. anxiously awaits the results of an extremely close presidential election, the results in Ohio are becoming far more clear. The long and short of it appears to be: President Donald Trump has won in Ohio (by an eight point margin, the same spread as 2016, and two points higher than his winning […]