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Gov. Mike DeWine signs Ohio's two-year state budget into law on July 18, 2019.
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Finally, Ohio has a new two-year operating budget.

Senate Finance Chair Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) gestures during a discussion about the Ohio Senate version of the budget as President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) looks on.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

With hours to go before the deadline for a two-year operating budget to be signed, and negotiations stalled with the Ohio House, the Ohio Senate approved a deal that would extend it for 17 days.

Gov. Mike DeWine, center, speaks between Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, left, and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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Ohio’s two-year state budget is headed to a conference committee this week to work out significant differences between the House and Senate versions. There isn’t much time to deal, because the budget must be signed by Sunday night.

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (center) and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (third from left) leaders talk about bipartisan bills.
Sam Aberle / Ohio Public Radio

For the second time in one week, Republicans and Democrats in the Ohio House have come together to support bills they agree upon.

House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) unveil new cameras installed in a committee room in March.
Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

Republican and Democratic leaders in the Ohio House are coming together to sponsor priority legislation for this General Assembly. That’s a departure from previous sessions, when each caucus announced their priorities separately.

A federal court has denied Ohio’s request to delay new congressional map drawing. The request was filed after the court ruled that the current district lines are gerrymandered to benefit Republicans. The state says it’s still looking to the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the decision pending its appeal. But a top Ohio Democrat says now is the time for the state to get the ball rolling on drawing the new congressional districts. 

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)
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Tuesday marks the first-ever meeting of the Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus.

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Backers of new federal tax changes promised they would make taxes fairer for everyone. However, Statehouse Democrats say that’s not what happened, and they're pushing a tax reform plan of their own.

Rep. Sedrick Denson with House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes before a House session.
Ohio House

The Ohio lawmaker who was arrested for impaired driving and felony drug possession will not be asked to step down from his position as representative.

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, Steve Brown and guest host Ann Fisher discuss how Democrats advocate for their agenda when they are badly outnumbered in state government. Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes joins the show.

The Ohio House is now streaming more committee hearings online through the purchase and installation of new cameras at the Statehouse. This is part of the new effort to expand transparency in the bill making process. 

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.

Gov. Mike DeWine, center, speaks between Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, left, and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
Paul Vernon / Associated Press

Gov. Mike DeWine is proposing a budget that he says invests in kids and includes no new taxes or tax cuts. The plan, released Friday, calls for spending $69 billion in state revenue over two years.

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.

With debate over increasing the gas tax and adding another income tax cut in the next budget, Democratic lawmakers and anti-poverty advocates are trying again what they've pushed for years - changes to a tax credit aimed at low-income working Ohioans.

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