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Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio’s high school graduation requirements are changing, with a new set of recommendations for incoming freshmen made by a group of businesses, a charter schools organization and some public schools.

The law also allows the state to take over academically distressed school districts was put on hold. Both of those provisions are in the new two-year state budget approved by lawmakers.

In this April 11, 2019 file photo, David Niven, a professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati holds a map displaying the wide disparity of Ohio congressional district office locations,
John Minchillo / Associated Press

“Redistricting, which is the most fun anyone can ever have in politics and not go to prison.”

Those are the words of state Sen. Jeff Jacobson (R-Vandalia), who joked about the challenge of drawing maps for Ohio’s Congressional districts in his farewell speech to Statehouse colleagues in December 2008.

State Rep. Jack Cera was part of a group that came up with Ohio's new redistricting amendment.
Ohio House

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is seeking to delay an order to redraw Ohio’s congressional map. But if that effort fails, lawmakers could be in a time crunch.

Amid Harassment Allegation, Householder Promises Reform In Ohio House

Jan 8, 2019
House Speaker Larry Householder and Minority Leader Fred Strahorn at the Ohio Speaker Dias after Householder was elected Speaker of the House.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

In an unprecedented vote, the Ohio House has elected a new speaker, rejecting the Republican who had been serving in that position since June, when the previous speaker resigned.

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie is scheduled to shut down in 2020.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

First Energy Solutions said Wednesday that it is closing its last coal-fired power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, a move decried by the coal industry and called inevitable by environmentalists.

Kathleen Clyde/Ohio House

Some Democrats in the Ohio Legislature are sponsoring a bill that they say would provide more protections to whistleblowers. 

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There is something millions of Ohioans take for granted that hundreds of thousands of others merely dream about: broadband service. All of Ohio’s major cities have it and some communities even offer it free to residents.

Rep Ryan Smith presents a poster identifying how opioid dollars will be spent..
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio House’s version of the two year budget adds more than $170 million to fight Ohio’s opioid crisis and adds $80 million for the state’s K-12 schools.

Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell, House Finance Chair) and former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) in 2017.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

House Republicans went back to the drawing board to roll out a new budget plan after seeing tax revenues coming up short month after month. The changes include taking out nearly all of Gov. John Kasich’s tax reform proposals.