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Republican Sen. Frank LaRose of Hudson.
Ohio Senate

As the Ohio House was going through multiple rounds of voting to pick a new speaker, the Senate passed a surprise amendment to expand the state auditor’s power to look into the workings of the privatized non-profit entity JobsOhio.

The Ohio House has canceled its sessions while the Republican caucus works behind the scenes to figure out who will replace Speaker Cliff Rosenberger. He resigned in April amid an FBI inquiry into his associations with lobbyists. Democrats and the Republican leader of the Ohio Senate say they are not going to step into the fight.

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Gov. John Kasich has been urging lawmakers to pass a bill that would put a red flag law in place to prevent people deemed dangerous by a court from buying guns.

It would also ban bump stock attachments for guns and make other reforms. But it appears it won’t be easy to get it passed.

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The Ohio Republican Party voted on Tuesday night to join its Democratic counterpart in endorsing a major overhaul of how Ohio’s congressional districts are drawn.

Wind turbines in Blue Creek Township in Paulding County, Ohio.
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Lawmakers are lining up their priorities for policymaking once they return from their spring break. Ohio's Senate leader expects to tackle the state's green energy standards when they come back.

Ohio Senate

The top leader in the Ohio Senate says he wants to hit the “reset” button on policymaking. The Republican lawmaker is using a new study to show that Ohio is leading most other states in regulatory restrictions.

Ohio with members of gun control group former U.S. Rep. Deborah Pryce, from left, Jim Tobin of the Catholic Conference of Ohio, former state Rep. Ron Maag and former Senate President Tom Niehaus, moderated by Public Safety Director Col. John Born.
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Gov. John Kasich has put out a package of gun-law changes he hopes to get through the Republican-dominated state legislature. 

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The leader of Republicans in the Senate says he thinks a “Stand Your Ground” bill that Gov. John Kasich said he wouldn’t sign will pass anyway.

Concealed carry
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There are 22 pieces of legislation related to guns pending in the Ohio Legislature right now. It’s hard to predict what might happen to them after the deadly Florida school shooting last week and Gov. John Kasich’s new apparent willingness to embrace some gun regulations.

State Auditor To Push For One-Time Audit Of JobsOhio

Feb 1, 2018
Ohio Auditor Dave Yost
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Ohio's state auditor says he's pushing legislation that would allow a one-time audit of the state's privatized economic development office.

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