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Protesting Infrastructure

Nov 4, 2019

State lawmakers across the country are mulling model legislation intended to discourage protests at so-called critical infrastructure projects such as oil and gas pipelines. 

Supporters say the idea is to protect property and safety. Opponents say the idea is to stifle free speech. 

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the right to protest at critical infrastructure projects. 




Porn As A Public Health Crisis

Aug 9, 2019
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Nineteen Ohio lawmakers want to classify pornography as a public health crisis. They say that the use of porn is tied with sex trafficking and sexual abuse.

This move adds Ohio to the growing list of GOP-controlled states that are pursuing legislation against adult media.

Today on all sides, the meaning of a public health crisis, the health affects of porn, and more. 

Reporter Roundtable

Mar 4, 2019
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Governor Mike DeWine has proposed an 18-cents-per-gallon state gas tax increase to offset at least part of a billion-dollar-a year revenue shortfall for the Ohio Department of Transportation construction and maintenance of roads and bridges.

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof has said that if there’s a tax hike on gas, a cut would be called for in income taxes.

Today on All Sides Weekly Reporter Roundtable: the prospects for a gas tax hike. 

The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

General Motors announced plans last week to end production at five of its North American plants, including one in Lordstown in Mahoning Valley.

In the wake of GM’s announcement, Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown sought support from President Trump for legislation that would give customers a discount on American-made cars and stop tax breaks for automakers that move jobs overseas.

Today on All Sides, we discuss the Lordstown closer and more.

The Pervasiveness of Sexual Harassment

Dec 5, 2017
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The wave of high profile cases of sexual assault and harassment are making headlines. But what does it mean for the rest of us? Coming up, a look at if this wave of allegations will spur real change.


Legislation is being proposed in the Ohio House that would require people to surrender firearms to law enforcement agencies if they've been convicted of domestic violence or served with a civil protection order.

Ohio Statehouse
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Ohio is trying to catch up with other states by shielding the addresses of victims of domestic violence, stalking and other crimes from use by government agencies. 

Bill May Change Fair Housing Laws

Jun 16, 2015

New proposed legislation in Ohio lowers penalties for some landlords who are accused of discrimination in their rental practices. We look into the legislation involved, and what the implications are for both landlords and possible tenants. 

Who Writes Ohio's Legislation?

Jul 27, 2011

The old saying, laws are like sausages, it’s better not to watch them being made is one thing. Yet, in a democracy, should we know who is writing our laws? Leaked documents from the secretive American Legislative Exchange Council - a private issues club for corporations and lawmakers, included model bills written by the corporations for statehouses around the country.