Ohio General Assembly

AR-15 style rifles made by Battle Rifle Co., a gunmaker in Webster, Texas, are on display in its retail shop.
Lisa Marie Pane / AP

Democratic state lawmakers are trying again to pass an assault weapons ban in Ohio, and say they think an apparent change of heart by Gov. John Kasich announced over the weekend might help the bill this time.

Ohio Congressional Map for 113th Congress
U.S. Geological Survey

A deal has been reached to reform the way Ohio’s Congressional district map is drawn, after weeks of difficult negotiations between Republicans, Democrats and a citizens group that wanted to put its own plan on the fall ballot.

Under the new plan, the map drawing power stays with state lawmakers, but with new rules.

WKSU

Lawmakers are trying to decide whether the state should step in and save struggling power plants that might be on the brink of closing. As the Legislature’s top leaders gathered for a forum they were asked what’s next for these so-called bailout proposals.

Reps. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and Matt Huffman (R-Lima) chaired the 2015 campaign for Issue 1 on Statehouse redistricting. Now in the Senate, Huffman is working on a Congressional redistricting plan he says will be similar.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

After a week of closed-door negotiations that failed to reach a compromise, state lawmakers have added a rare Monday afternoon session, in case they need to vote on changing the way Ohio’s Congressional map is drawn.

Ohio lawmakers Kathleen Clyde, Michele Lapore-Hagan, Teresa Fedor and Nickie Antonio call for the resignation of Bill Seitz.
Shane Walker

Four Democratic women in the Ohio Legislature are calling on Ohio House speaker to take action against a key Republican lawmaker for derogatory comments he recently made at a going away party for a former staffer.

Fair Districts Ohio / Facebook

Closed-door negotiations over a new way to draw Ohio’s Congressional map have broken down. Ohio lawmakers and representatives from citizens’ groups left the Statehouse late Wednesday night without coming to an agreement.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse Bureau

A coalition of citizens groups had been talking with state lawmakers about a compromise to change the way Ohio’s Congressional map is redrawn.

After just a few days, both sides now say efforts to reach a deal have failed.

Ohio House

Two Republican state lawmakers have issued apologies for disparaging remarks they made earlier this week at a roast for a departing employee earlier this week. But some lawmakers are demanding more than apologies – they want a change in the culture they say is prevalent in the general assembly.

Ohio Senate

State lawmakers and some backers of a citizen-led initiative to change the way the Congressional map is drawn continue to hammer out an agreement on a new plan behind closed doors.

Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati)
Ohio Senate

Two state representatives have formally apologized for derogatory comments they made at a going away party earlier this week – comments that had other lawmakers fuming and calling for an investigation.

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