Dave Burke

More than 50 people were signed up to speak out at the first hearing in the Ohio Senate for a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. They were some of the more than 130 people and groups who provided written testimony in support of the proposal backed by eight Senate Democrats and one Republican.

Attorney General Dave Yost gestures as he explains the system that creates the billions of robocalls Ohioans got last year.
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Ohioans received 2.2 billion robocalls just in 2019 and the state attorney general says that number has been going up every year. He’s launching a new effort to crack down on the system that has flooded cell phones and work and landlines with robocalls.

Ohio Statehouse cupola
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Budget talks between leaders of the House and Senate are being described as very positive with solid progress moving forward, but a deadline is coming Wednesday.

Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville) is one of three Senators and four Republicans on the six member conference committee.
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It’s almost two weeks into the state’s new budget year, and there’s still no permanent two-year operating budget.

Abortion protesters at the Ohio Statehouse.
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The so-called "Heartbeat Bill," which Gov. John Kasich promises to veto, was expected to come up for a vote Thursday in an Ohio House committee. But there were too many questions about the controversial bill, which would ban abortions at the point a fetal heartbeat is detected, for it to proceed to a vote.

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In two weeks, mental health and addiction services for low-income Ohioans will be moved into Medicaid managed care. Many behavioral health and family services providers say this huge change is straining their finances. But the group that represents Ohio’s health insurers says the move can’t be delayed.

State Senator Dave Burke
Ohio Senate

The state is moving mental health and addiction services for low-income Ohioans into Medicaid managed care by July 1, but providers say this huge redesign is straining their finances and could shut them down. But a key lawmaker involved in legislation relating to this redesign says it’s unlikely to be delayed.

Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville) is one of three Senators and four Republicans on the six member conference committee.
Ohio Senate

State lawmakers want to crack down on what’s known as “spoofing” – the practice often used by telemarketers to mislead a recipient into thinking they are answering a call from someone they know. 

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The state is redesigning the way mental health and addiction services are covered under health care plans. Those services are critical in fighting the deadly opioid crisis. That means a lot of testing is needed before implementing the new system.