Ohio Senate

Senate begrudgingly agrees to House’s EdChoice delay

BY: - February 3, 2020

After nearly a full week of debate and back and forth, the Ohio Senate decided to agree to a 60-day delay for the private school voucher education program, with the hope of a better plan as a result. “I have to vote yes because I can not in clear conscience at midnight tonight… allow those […]

House pushes back EdChoice application date, sends amendment back to Senate

BY: - January 31, 2020

It was the Ohio House of Representatives’ turn to work late into the night on a proposal to rework the state’s private school voucher program Thursday. After a long day of debate, the House decided to opt for more time. State representatives convened at about 9 p.m. to pass an amendment to Senate Bill 120, […]

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 […]

Future of state utilities commission hinges on selection of new commissioner

BY: - January 6, 2020

The direction of an unheralded, but important agency tasked with regulating Ohio’s utility services may be determined by the upcoming selection of a new commissioner. Meanwhile, another agency which serves as an advocate for Ohio utility consumers wants a more transparent process by which commissioners are picked.  The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is made […]

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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 […]

Judge and father make the case for criminal sentencing reform bill 

BY: - December 20, 2019

This is the hardest time of year for Charles “Chip” Jenkins. The holiday season makes him think of his son, Alex.  “I used to enjoy Christmas,” the Medina County native said, his voice drifting off. “But now? It’s just different.” Alex died of an overdose five years ago at the age of 26. Jenkins now […]

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 […]

Bill to put photo IDs on food stamp cards returned to Ohio Senate committee

BY: - December 19, 2019

The Ohio Senate will reconsider a bill regarding photo identification on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program after sending it back to committee Tuesday in the last Senate session of the calendar year. Senate Bill 165 was re-referred back to the Rules and Reference Committee with no other explanation and no objection from Senate members. The […]

Front license plates still needed in Ohio, police tell lawmakers 

BY: - December 12, 2019

Sgt. Richard Forney has a clear reason why he believes Ohio should require two license plates on vehicles: the presence of the front plate helped his department solve the 2017 murder of Reagan Tokes. The Grove City Police Department sergeant was involved in the Tokes murder investigation. Shortly after Tokes’ body was found dead in […]