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As groupsassociations, and individual polticians around Ohio line up against a statewide ballot issue to cut jail time for some drug offenders, one group remains steadfast in their support.

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One of the men alleging abuse by Ohio State doctor Richard Strauss wants state lawmakers to get rid of the time limit to file legal claims of sexual abuse. 

Ohio Gov. John Kasich
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Gov. John Kasich has grown increasingly frustrated as he's watched shootings in Las Vegas and Florida — and closer to home in Cincinnati and his city of Westerville — fail to move state lawmakers around the country to tighten state gun laws.

Hundreds of mental health and addiction counselors could lose their jobs because the state is now requiring criminal background checks for people who provide Medicaid services.

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Two Ohio lawmakers who criticized Gov. John Kasich's proposed farm regulations to combat Lake Erie's harmful algae blooms will lead a panel of legislators studying the lake's long-term health.

Rep. Smith speaks during Ohio House session on April 11, 2018.
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The Ohio General Assembly is on summer break after a flurry of activity that included passage of dozens of bills, many sent to the governor, and a few key proposals left in limbo.

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In their final sessions before summer break, the Ohio General Assembly sent two bills to the governor that attempt to clean up funding for the state’s online charter school system. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle believe this is an important step toward more transparency and accountability. 

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A coalition seeking to reduce gun violence across Ohio is urging lawmakers to act quickly to enact Republican Gov. John Kasich's proposed gun law changes.

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Judges would assess defendants' likelihood of skipping out on court appearances based on a variety of factors instead of a strict system of cash bail, under measures being considered by Ohio lawmakers.

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The House and Senate are working on moving bills through their chambers through the next two weeks before going on summer break. This is a critical time for bills lawmakers want to pass, assuming that they’re next chance won’t be till after the November election. 

Niraj Antani
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A Republican state representative plans to introduce a bill later this week that would change the rules under which lawmakers accept gifts and would ban subsidized international travel. This comes in the wake of the resignation of former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, who has hired an attorney to deal with inquiries from the FBI.

Gov. Kasich signs domestic violence bill into law.
John Kasich

Gov. John Kasich has signed into law a bill that strengthens Ohio’s domestic violence laws by closing loopholes and allowing victims access to more services.

Motorists drive past a sign warning of upcoming traffic cameras in Cleveland.
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A bill halfway through the legislature would allow the state to deduct the amount cities take in from traffic cameras from their state funding. Even though only about a dozen or so communities in Ohio are using cameras, cities are fighting the proposal.

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Last weekend brought huge protests over gun laws. It also featured another appearance by Gov. John Kasich on a Sunday morning national TV news show talking about his recent and public change of heart on gun laws.

But it’s still unclear whether recently discussed gun law changes will move forward with state lawmakers.

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A newly introduced bill from Ohio Republicans that would outlaw abortion entirely is getting a lot of attention on social media and around water coolers. But will it get serious consideration from lawmakers, especially considering some abortion bills – including far less extreme proposals – have not passed? 

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