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Ohio Budget Director Tim Keen (from left), House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Governor John Kasich and Senate President Larry Obhof discuss changes to the state budget.
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At the beginning of 2017, as President Trump took office, Ohio lawmakers were focused on the new two-year state budget.

Wind turbines in Blue Creek Township in Paulding County, Ohio.
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The Republican leader of the Ohio Senate plans to deliver the final blow to Ohio’s green energy benchmarks, which require utilities to get a certain amount of energy from renewable sources. 

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Bill O'Neill

The only Democrat on the Ohio Supreme Court announced in October that he intends to run for governor next year, but Bill O’Neill now says he won’t leave the bench until January 26. State lawmakers may try to force him out sooner.

Abortion rights advocates protest the Down Syndrome ban on abortions at the Ohio Statehouse in 2017.
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Ohio Senate has passed another abortion ban – this one aimed at diagnoses of Down Syndrome – sparking a silent protest from abortion rights activists in the Senate chamber.

There’s about a month left for legislators to get anything done before the new year. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, there’s one issue that the top Senate leader specifically wants to move forward in that time.

Senate President Larry Obhof says it’s time to pass a bill that reforms the state’s unemployment compensation program.

In the past month two lawmakers and one high-ranking staffer have resigned under the guise of “inappropriate conduct.” But that phrase can be attributed to a wide-range of infractions. The Senate president says their goal is to be as transparent as possible.

Ohio Budget Director Tim Keen (from left), House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Governor John Kasich and Senate President Larry Obhof discuss changes to the state budget.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

State lawmakers overrode six of Gov. John Kasich’s 47 budget vetoes. But one headline-making veto may survive – the one that stops a plan to ask the federal government to increase the tax on managed-care organizations. 

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), Gov. John Kasich and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) appear at a press conference about the budget in April.
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Republican leaders are ready to deliver another blow to Gov. John Kasich. The Senate is likely to give final approval to at least some veto overrides that started in the House. The vote would be more than just a symbolic loss of power for the Kasich Administration.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), Gov. John Kasich and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) appear at a press conference about the budget in April.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Last month, state representatives voted to override a budget veto for the first time in 40 years. They actually overrode 11 of Gov. John Kasich’s 47 vetoes. Senators are now deciding which of those overrides to vote on, and that they may ask the House to consider overriding more vetoes.

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Senate Republicans in Ohio are ready to unveil their version of the state budget as a projected budget gap widens and a June 30 deadline looms.

Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni gives the Democratic response to the 2017 State of the State address.
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Gov. John Kasich’s speech was getting praise from his Republican colleagues in the legislature. But Democrats are not on board. 

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Ohio's legislative leaders are hosting lobbyists at back-to-back Florida fundraisers days before state budget deliberations begin.

As the new session of the Ohio General Assembly starts its work, tax reform is on the mind of its top leaders. 

Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and incoming Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) in an exclusive interview for "The State of Ohio."
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For the first time in four years, the Ohio Senate will have a new president. And he and the incumbent Minority Leader come out of this lame duck session with a lot of work ahead of them when they return in January. They recently sat down for an exclusive interview.

The incoming president Larry Obhof says unemployment compensation will be one of the first issues of 2017.
OHIO SENATE

For the first time in four years, the Ohio Senate will have a new president. And he and the incumbent minority leader come out of this lame-duck session with a lot of work ahead of them when they return in January.

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