Ohio General Assembly

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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. 

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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.

Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

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? 

Abortion protesters at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

Last week, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against Ohio’s newest abortion law. It banned abortion at the point in which Down syndrome could be detected in fetal tests. Within hours, state officials were mounting a legal defense of the law.

Students rally at Ohio Statehouse to protest for safer schools and gun control.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

About 200 of the Ohio students who walked out of their high schools this morning made their way to the Statehouse. They are activists turned student lobbyists who urged lawmakers to pass or reject some gun bills under consideration. 

Senator Charleta Tavares and backers of her sexual harassment bill at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

Some state lawmakers are backing a new bill to reform sexual harassment training standards for themselves and their colleagues. But the bill is missing something critical for it to pass.

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.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

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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