Larry Obhof

Ohio Statehouse Legislative Chamber
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This week, Ohio lawmakers are returning for a lame-duck session, with hearings set on a so-called "right to work" bill and a Republican-backed bill on free speech on college campuses.

Ohio House

Leaders of the Ohio Legislature say it’s time to look at restricting ways for citizens to change the state constitution.

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina)
Ohio Senate

The Republican leader of the Ohio Senate says while he and many others didn’t support Issue 1, the criminal sentencing and drug treatment reform plan that failed Tuesday, it had useful elements that the newly elected Senate will make a top priority next year.

highway in Columbus
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Republican leaders in the Ohio House and Senate are criticizing Democrat Rich Cordray and his campaign for governor. GOP lawmakers who control the Legislature say Cordray is making expensive promises.

Troy Balderson, Republican candidate for Ohio's 12th Congressional District, speaks to a crowd of supporters during an election night party Tuesday in Newark, Ohio.
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The Republican leader of the Ohio Senate says he’s confident that Central Ohio's new Congressman Troy Balderson will win in November, even as he’s announcing that Balderson’s replacement in the Senate won’t be picked until after the election.

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof
Ohio Senate

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on union dues caused a national stir, and sent a shock wave to labor groups in Ohio.

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Ohio's Senate leader says senators won't be able to pass a payday lending bill before breaking for the summer.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.
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As the Ohio House was going through multiple rounds of voting to pick a new speaker, the Senate passed a surprise amendment to expand the state auditor’s power to look into the workings of the privatized non-profit entity JobsOhio.

The Ohio House has canceled its sessions while the Republican caucus works behind the scenes to figure out who will replace Speaker Cliff Rosenberger. He resigned in April amid an FBI inquiry into his associations with lobbyists. Democrats and the Republican leader of the Ohio Senate say they are not going to step into the fight.

In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, an assortment of firearms are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Ill.
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Gov. John Kasich has been urging lawmakers to pass a bill that would put a red flag law in place to prevent people deemed dangerous by a court from buying guns.

It would also ban bump stock attachments for guns and make other reforms. But it appears it won’t be easy to get it passed.

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The Ohio Republican Party voted on Tuesday night to join its Democratic counterpart in endorsing a major overhaul of how Ohio’s congressional districts are drawn.

Wind turbines in Blue Creek Township in Paulding County, Ohio.
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Lawmakers are lining up their priorities for policymaking once they return from their spring break. Ohio's Senate leader expects to tackle the state's green energy standards when they come back.

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina)
Ohio Senate

The top leader in the Ohio Senate says he wants to hit the “reset” button on policymaking. The Republican lawmaker is using a new study to show that Ohio is leading most other states in regulatory restrictions.

Ohio with members of gun control group former U.S. Rep. Deborah Pryce, from left, Jim Tobin of the Catholic Conference of Ohio, former state Rep. Ron Maag and former Senate President Tom Niehaus, moderated by Public Safety Director Col. John Born.
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Gov. John Kasich has put out a package of gun-law changes he hopes to get through the Republican-dominated state legislature. 

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The leader of Republicans in the Senate says he thinks a “Stand Your Ground” bill that Gov. John Kasich said he wouldn’t sign will pass anyway.

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