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Ohio mayors to lawmakers: Raise the state gas tax
 Mayors from more than a dozen Ohio cities are asking state lawmakers to pass Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed 18-cents per gallon gas tax hike. The Ohio House voted in favor of a transportation budget bill that calls for a 10.7-cent hike while the Ohio Senate is backing a 6-cent increase. The two chambers are expected to come up with a compromise...

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Mayors from more than a dozen Ohio cities are asking state lawmakers to pass Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed 18-cents per gallon gas tax hike. The Ohio House voted in favor of a transportation budget bill that calls for a 10.7-cent hike while the Ohio Senate is backing a 6-cent increase. The two chambers are expected to come up with a compromise...
Mike DeWine picks Dennis Deters for PUCO job
 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine named former judge Dennis Deters to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, a powerful utility regulation board. Deters is DeWine’s second appointee to the PUCO. Earlier this year, DeWine named long-time utility lawyer Sam Randazzo as chairman of the PUCO. Randazzo starts his five-year term next month. Related...

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine named former judge Dennis Deters to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, a powerful utility regulation board. Deters is DeWine’s second appointee to the PUCO. Earlier this year, DeWine named long-time utility lawyer Sam Randazzo as chairman of the PUCO. Randazzo starts his five-year term next month. Related...
Bipartisan plan seeks new school funding system for Ohio
 Armed with a glossy handout, state Reps. Bob Cupp, R-Lima, and John Patterson, D-Jefferson, gave a broad outline of a new school funding plan on Monday but held back crucial details on how much it would cost and how much money would flow to each of Ohio’s 610 school districts. Cupp, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice, said financial...

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Armed with a glossy handout, state Reps. Bob Cupp, R-Lima, and John Patterson, D-Jefferson, gave a broad outline of a new school funding plan on Monday but held back crucial details on how much it would cost and how much money would flow to each of Ohio’s 610 school districts. Cupp, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice, said financial...
Ohio looks to set up a cyber reserve to fight, prevent attacks
 In the event of a cyber attack, Ohio officials want to be able to call on highly trained IT experts who can step in to help. State lawmakers are now considering a bill that would require Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose to appoint a chief for information security, mandate county Boards of Elections conduct audits of election results,...

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In the event of a cyber attack, Ohio officials want to be able to call on highly trained IT experts who can step in to help. State lawmakers are now considering a bill that would require Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose to appoint a chief for information security, mandate county Boards of Elections conduct audits of election results,...
What local counties are doing to protect your vote
 Across Ohio, local elections officials are buying a new generation of voting machines they hope will be more reliable, less prone to breakdowns and more secure — an overhaul expected to cost more than $210 million. Most of the voting systems set up in polling places are so old that it’s hard to get replacement parts or related...

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Across Ohio, local elections officials are buying a new generation of voting machines they hope will be more reliable, less prone to breakdowns and more secure — an overhaul expected to cost more than $210 million. Most of the voting systems set up in polling places are so old that it’s hard to get replacement parts or related...
Ohio governor wants to raise tobacco purchase age to 21
 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has proposed raising the minimum age to buy tobacco to 21 years old, which includes not only cigarettes but also vaping products. Currently the minimum age to buy tobacco in Ohio is 18. More than 1 in 5 Ohioans smoke and tobacco-related diseases kill far more Ohioans every year than opioids — about 20,180 smoking...

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has proposed raising the minimum age to buy tobacco to 21 years old, which includes not only cigarettes but also vaping products. Currently the minimum age to buy tobacco in Ohio is 18. More than 1 in 5 Ohioans smoke and tobacco-related diseases kill far more Ohioans every year than opioids — about 20,180 smoking...
Ohio Medicaid expansion recipients to see work requirements
 Ohioans who are covered by the expansion of Medicaid will soon have to get a job, go to school or get an exemption. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gave Ohio approval today to impose work requirements for those covered by Medicaid expansion. The health insurance program for low income Ohioans — jointly funded by...

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Ohioans who are covered by the expansion of Medicaid will soon have to get a job, go to school or get an exemption. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gave Ohio approval today to impose work requirements for those covered by Medicaid expansion. The health insurance program for low income Ohioans — jointly funded by...
State Budget: DeWine wants money for kids and environmental projects
 Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday unveiled his two-year operating budget plan, asking lawmakers for more money for children’s initiatives, public health programs and clean water efforts. There are no substantial tax changes and no major changes in the K-12 funding formula and it continues the Ohio Medicaid expansion program, the governor said...

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Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday unveiled his two-year operating budget plan, asking lawmakers for more money for children’s initiatives, public health programs and clean water efforts. There are no substantial tax changes and no major changes in the K-12 funding formula and it continues the Ohio Medicaid expansion program, the governor said...
Gov. DeWine calls for $900 million for water protection projects
 Gov. Mike DeWine wants to spend $900 million during the next 10 years to protect Lake Erie and other lakes and waterways in Ohio. As part of his two-year operating budget, the Republican will propose creation of the H2Ohio Fund to pay for water quality projects over the next decade. “Water is vital to everyone, yet communities throughout...

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Gov. Mike DeWine wants to spend $900 million during the next 10 years to protect Lake Erie and other lakes and waterways in Ohio. As part of his two-year operating budget, the Republican will propose creation of the H2Ohio Fund to pay for water quality projects over the next decade. “Water is vital to everyone, yet communities throughout...
Gov. DeWine lays out plan to combat lead poisoning in kids
 In the weeks since Mike DeWine took over as Ohio governor, nearly 850 children under age 6 have tested positive for lead poisoning – a devastating exposure that can have life-long impacts. “It is unconscionable to me that in 2019, there are still children whose opportunities are stifled because they live in homes where they are...

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In the weeks since Mike DeWine took over as Ohio governor, nearly 850 children under age 6 have tested positive for lead poisoning – a devastating exposure that can have life-long impacts. “It is unconscionable to me that in 2019, there are still children whose opportunities are stifled because they live in homes where they are...
Heartbeat abortion ban bill clears the Ohio Senate
 A bill to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected cleared the Ohio Senate on a 19-13 vote Wednesday. Senate Bill 23 would prohibit doctors from performing abortions once a heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks gestation before women may know they are pregnant. It contains an exception for cases in which...

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A bill to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected cleared the Ohio Senate on a 19-13 vote Wednesday. Senate Bill 23 would prohibit doctors from performing abortions once a heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks gestation before women may know they are pregnant. It contains an exception for cases in which...
Ohio may require schools to tell parents how easy it is to skip vaccinations
 As other states are facing outbreaks of childhood diseases such as measles and mumps, Ohio lawmakers are considering legislation that would require school districts to tell parents how easy it is to opt out of immunizations. When schools notify parents of immunization requirements, they would be required to spell out available exemptions...

Posted: 13 days ago

As other states are facing outbreaks of childhood diseases such as measles and mumps, Ohio lawmakers are considering legislation that would require school districts to tell parents how easy it is to opt out of immunizations. When schools notify parents of immunization requirements, they would be required to spell out available exemptions...
Heartbeat abortion bill moves step closer to Ohio Senate vote
 The Senate Health Committee voted 8-4 in favor of the heartbeat abortion ban bill, setting it up for a possible floor vote on Wednesday. The bill would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is as early as six weeks gestation before many women know they are pregnant. This is the fifth legislative session that the...

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The Senate Health Committee voted 8-4 in favor of the heartbeat abortion ban bill, setting it up for a possible floor vote on Wednesday. The bill would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is as early as six weeks gestation before many women know they are pregnant. This is the fifth legislative session that the...
Ohio lawmakers consider major changes for teen drivers
 A new bill is trying to yellow light how quickly young drivers can ride solo behind the wheel. The measure would change the length of time teens need learner’s permits. The bill has just been introduced in the House and has yet to get a hearing. Right now, Ohio teens can come to the BMV to get their permit beginning at age 15½...

Posted: 13 days ago

A new bill is trying to yellow light how quickly young drivers can ride solo behind the wheel. The measure would change the length of time teens need learner’s permits. The bill has just been introduced in the House and has yet to get a hearing. Right now, Ohio teens can come to the BMV to get their permit beginning at age 15½...
Appeals court hears Kettering abortion provider dispute with state
 Appeals court judges on Tuesday heard an appeal from the Dayton-area’s lone abortion provider, which is fighting a state ruling that could force the clinic to close. The Ohio Department of Health in November 2016 revoked and refused to renew Women’s Med Center’s ambulatory surgical facility license. Supporters said political...

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Appeals court judges on Tuesday heard an appeal from the Dayton-area’s lone abortion provider, which is fighting a state ruling that could force the clinic to close. The Ohio Department of Health in November 2016 revoked and refused to renew Women’s Med Center’s ambulatory surgical facility license. Supporters said political...
Latest deadly police chase: ‘We’re just killing too many innocent people’
 Nearly half of the traffic deaths this year in two of the area’s most populous counties happened in a 31-hour stretch this weekend, ending with a double fatality in a wreck involving an RTA bus and another deadly police chase. The fiery Trotwood Sunday afternoon crash killed two teens and seriously injured a third when the vehicle fleeing...

Posted: 14 days ago

Nearly half of the traffic deaths this year in two of the area’s most populous counties happened in a 31-hour stretch this weekend, ending with a double fatality in a wreck involving an RTA bus and another deadly police chase. The fiery Trotwood Sunday afternoon crash killed two teens and seriously injured a third when the vehicle fleeing...
Gov. Mike DeWine on Ohio’s infant deaths: ‘This must stop’
 Since 2010, more than 8,200 Ohio babies died before their first birthdays — born too early and too small, dying in their sleep or burdened by serious birth defects. That is enough children to fill every seat in a Dayton Dragons game at Fifth Third Field. Ohio’s infant mortality rate — the number of babies who die before...

Posted: 16 days ago

Since 2010, more than 8,200 Ohio babies died before their first birthdays — born too early and too small, dying in their sleep or burdened by serious birth defects. That is enough children to fill every seat in a Dayton Dragons game at Fifth Third Field. Ohio’s infant mortality rate — the number of babies who die before...
Ohio Senate scraps plan to require only one license plate on vehicles
 NEW DEVELOPMENTS: The Ohio Senate scrapped a provision in the state transportation budget to allow Ohio drivers to only need one license plate on a vehicle. The Ohio House voted earlier this month to require only one license plate on vehicles in Ohio.  It is possible the provision could return next week as both houses iron out differences...

Posted: 17 days ago

NEW DEVELOPMENTS: The Ohio Senate scrapped a provision in the state transportation budget to allow Ohio drivers to only need one license plate on a vehicle. The Ohio House voted earlier this month to require only one license plate on vehicles in Ohio.  It is possible the provision could return next week as both houses iron out differences...
Ohio House votes for 10.7-cent gas tax increase; 20-cent hike for diesel
 The Ohio House on Thursday voted 71-27 in favor of a $7.94 billion two-year transportation budget bill that includes higher gas taxes, fees for electric and hybrid vehicles, more money for public transit and a bigger share of funding for local governments. Under the current version, motorists would pay 10.7-cents more per gallon of gas and...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Ohio House on Thursday voted 71-27 in favor of a $7.94 billion two-year transportation budget bill that includes higher gas taxes, fees for electric and hybrid vehicles, more money for public transit and a bigger share of funding for local governments. Under the current version, motorists would pay 10.7-cents more per gallon of gas and...
Gov. DeWine issues reprieves to three more killers on Ohio Death Row
 Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday issued a reprieve to three more Death Row inmates, pushing off their scheduled executions while Ohio works to develop a new lethal injection protocol that withstands challenges in federal court. The order moves the scheduled executions for the following inmates: Cleveland Jackson from May 29 to Nov. 13; Kareem...

Posted: 19 days ago

Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday issued a reprieve to three more Death Row inmates, pushing off their scheduled executions while Ohio works to develop a new lethal injection protocol that withstands challenges in federal court. The order moves the scheduled executions for the following inmates: Cleveland Jackson from May 29 to Nov. 13; Kareem...
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