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Allison Russo

Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) speaks about a proposal calling for more women in leadership positions and is joined by Rep. Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton), left, and Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton), second from the left.
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In 2016, women represented more than 44% of the labor force in Ohio but just slightly more than 20% of the seats on boards of Fortune 1000 companies headquartered in Ohio. To change that, Ohio lawmakers are proposing a bipartisan resolution they think will help.

A group of freshmen lawmakers stopped at Kent State University as part of a tour of Northeast Ohio.
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A bipartisan group of state legislators stopped at Kent State University as they toured two northeast Ohio legislative districts. State Reps. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) and Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) hosted the tour for freshmen lawmakers.

Shawn Rohlin holds his daughter, Madeline, who found out she had hearing loss and needed hearing aids. Her mom, Nadia Greenhalgh-Stanley, says discovering hearing aids for children was considered a cosmetic device was shocking.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Democratic lawmakers are trying to pass a bill that would require health insurance companies provide coverage for children’s hearing aids. Hearing aids, which advocates say can help their children learn and develop, is currently treated as a cosmetic device by many plans.

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)
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As the Ohio House prepares to hold hearings on Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed operating budget, Democratic members want to make sure their priorities are considered.

Paul Vernon / Associated Press

Gov. Mike DeWine’s used his first State of the State address to emphasize the importance on building towards a better future, he says Ohio can do this by investing in programs that support early childhood development, public health and workforce development.

Ohio House

While the candidates for governor and U.S. Senator are getting most of the spotlight in this year’s election, all 99 members of the Ohio House and 17 state senators are also on the ballot. With a new governor in January, those state lawmakers will play important roles, and some of those local races are getting close and creative.

Erik Yassenoff

A Republican candidate for the Ohio Legislature is protesting a mailer from the state GOP party, calling it inaccurate and not reflecting his values as a candidate.