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Some Democrats in the Ohio Legislature say more needs to be done to keep guns out of the hands of children. 

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Ohio lawmakers have been considering legalizing sports betting ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that states are allowed to do that. But there are two very different ideas on how to make that happen.

A man watches a baseball game in a casino.
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Two state representatives have introduced a bill to legalize and regulate sports gambling, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has said states can do that. If it passes, sports betting would be limited at first, but could someday be offered in surprising venues.

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In his campaign for governor last year, Republican Mike DeWine accused his Democratic opponent Richard Cordray of planning to raise taxes. Now, within weeks of taking office, Gov. DeWine is proposing an 18-cent-per-gallon hike in Ohio’s gas tax to pay for road maintenance and construction.

Volunteers at the Buren Shelter assemble bags of free tampons for shelter residents.
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Once again, a proposal to eliminate sales tax on feminine hygiene products has resurfaced in the Ohio Legislature. This time, it has bi-partisan co-sponsors and has a companion bill that goes one step further.

House Speaker Larry Householder and Minority Leader Fred Strahorn at the Ohio Speaker Dias after Householder was elected Speaker of the House.
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Ohio House Democrats will pick a new leadership team next week, nearly a week after their leader resigned in the fallout from the battle over which Republican would be Speaker.

Volunteers at the Buren Shelter assemble bags of free tampons for shelter residents.
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Democratic lawmakers in the Ohio House who have been pushing for years to eliminate sales tax for feminine hygiene products were finally able to get it through – and nearly unanimously. But this time, it was part of a larger tax related bill.

A former Cincinnati police officer shot and killed in Madisonville three years ago now has a stretch of I-71 named after him.

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Democratic state lawmakers say they want to bring back guaranteed overtime protections that were supposed to be put into place two years ago but have been blocked by lawsuits in federal court.

ChapStick, Viagra and dandruff shampoo. These are just three of the thousands of health and personal care items that are exempt from sales tax in many U.S. states. Notably missing from that list: menstrual products.

Ohio Reps. John Becker and Craig Riedel announce a new bill to make Ohio a right-to-work state.
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Two of the more conservative Republican lawmakers at the Statehouse want to put six different issues before voters that would make Ohio a so-called “right to work” state and eliminate prevailing wage.

Volunteers at the Buren Shelter assemble bags of free tampons for shelter residents.
Esther Honig / WOSU

Backers of a bill that would exempt feminine hygiene supplies from the state sales tax say it’s simply not fair that women in Ohio are paying taxes on medical supplies they need.