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Some children are going back to school this week in Ohio along with items bought during the state’s annual sales tax holiday two weekends ago.

Ohio is one of 16 states offering sales tax free weekends for back to school shopping. A state lawmaker is proposing a bill to make even more items tax free during that weekend next year.

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Some high schools throughout Ohio have decided not to name valedictorians at graduation. One state lawmaker is proposing a bill that would require schools to name at least one valedictorian or salutatorian.

Volunteers at the Buren Shelter assemble bags of free tampons for shelter residents.
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Once again, a proposal to eliminate sales tax on feminine hygiene products has resurfaced in the Ohio Legislature. This time, it has bi-partisan co-sponsors and has a companion bill that goes one step further.

This photo taken June 5, 2012, outside the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, shows a large balloon in support of the "Heartbeat Bill."
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss why a "Heartbeat Bill" that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected garnered new support this week. Ohio State law professor Marc Spindelman joins the show.

A bill has been drafted to strengthen the laws against owners of dogs that carry out serious attacks against other people, but pro-animal groups are saying another topic must be added to the conversation: tethering.

Rep. Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) says hundreds of people suffer serious and sometimes fatal injuries caused by dog attacks every year. He says it's time to take this issue seriously by strengthening the dangerous dogs law in Ohio.

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The number of valid signatures needed to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the Ohio ballot has increased by about 40 percent. That number fluctuates because it is based on the last general election and, this past November, many more Ohioans showed up to vote in the state’s gubernatorial race.

Some lawmakers had wanted to make this process tougher so do they think legislation is still needed?

Dublin Scioto High School

Ohio would have to study which of its schools have air conditioning, safety measures and certain other building features under a state lawmaker's proposal to direct some school construction money specifically for those purposes.

Some schools throughout Ohio have been closed recently due to heat. And state lawmakers are considering ideas to help students beat the heat. 

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County commissioners are firing back at a proposal coming next week from a Republican state lawmaker that would restrict their legal power to raise county sales taxes.

Rep. Smith speaks during Ohio House session on April 11, 2018.
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Ohio House sessions for this week have, once again, been cancelled due to controversy over who will be the next speaker. The fight that’s been brewing between majority Republicans in the House is now affecting the business of the legislature, and is leading to some sharp party infighting.

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Incumbent Montgomery County state Rep. Niraj Antani will face a league of Republican challengers in the upcoming May 8 primary election. Two Democrats are also vying for the two-term Republican’s seat in the 42nd District. 

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A Republican state representative plans to introduce a bill later this week that would change the rules under which lawmakers accept gifts and would ban subsidized international travel. This comes in the wake of the resignation of former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, who has hired an attorney to deal with inquiries from the FBI.

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A new bill has been introduced in the Ohio House that would require health classes cover fetal development and offer students information on where they can find prenatal care. But it doesn’t include other related information.

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Amid the debate over whether teachers should be armed in schools, a Dayton-area lawmaker says he believes some students could carry weapons as well.