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Ohio Senate Republicans have made several big changes to a House bill, HB154, that would repeal and replace the process used to takeover failing schools. 

State Rep. Tavia Galonski is co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill to shield crisis counselors from being forced to testify.
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Advocates for sexual abuse survivors can be required to report and testify in court about the cases they are handling – unlike doctors and lawyers. Some survivors of sexual abuse say they’ve experienced retaliation when that happens.

Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) speaks about a proposal calling for more women in leadership positions and is joined by Rep. Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton), left, and Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton), second from the left.
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In 2016, women represented more than 44% of the labor force in Ohio but just slightly more than 20% of the seats on boards of Fortune 1000 companies headquartered in Ohio. To change that, Ohio lawmakers are proposing a bipartisan resolution they think will help.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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As many as 200,000 registrations may have been removed from the rolls by county boards of elections starting on Friday.

Ohio lawmakers will soon consider a school funding formula overhaul, which has undergone some changes since it was first introduced in March.

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A resolution seems to be gaining momentum in the Ohio House that would change the process for putting a constitutional amendment on a statewide ballot. State Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) wants to keep the total amount of signatures at the same threshold but require more of those signatures to come from more Ohio counties.

The Lorain City School Board of Education and the district's state-appointed CEO, David Hardy, are locked in a legal battle. State lawmakers say this emphasizes the need for the legislature to overhaul academic distress commissions.

A group of freshmen lawmakers stopped at Kent State University as part of a tour of Northeast Ohio.
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A bipartisan group of state legislators stopped at Kent State University as they toured two northeast Ohio legislative districts. State Reps. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) and Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) hosted the tour for freshmen lawmakers.

In February, Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) introduced a domestic violence protection law along with several of co-sponsors of the bill.
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Former state lawmaker and Cuyahoga County judge Lance Mason is facing a life sentence next month after pleading guilty Wednesday to the fatal stabbing of his ex-wife Aisha Fraser in November. Her murder prompted a bipartisan bill that seeks to better protect victims of domestic violence.

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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.

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.
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The refusal of pharmaceutical companies to sell the state drugs to use in executions has capital punishment at a virtual standstill in Ohio. A state lawmaker said he has a possible solution.

Vape cartridges are on display durIng the CBD Express store grand opening in Salem, Ore.
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The backer of a new law legalizing hemp and CBD oil in Ohio says law enforcement officials will soon have access to new testing technology that will be able to easily distinguish the amount of THC in a product.

That testing is needed in order for cities to comply with the new law. But at least one city isn't waiting and is making a change to its enforcement policies right now.

Ohio House To Reimburse Commuting Members For Hotel Stays

Aug 5, 2019
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State representatives in Ohio who live at least 60 miles from the Statehouse are now eligible for a nightly hotel reimbursement.

The Ohio House has voted in favor of the sweeping energy bill, HB6, that bails out two nuclear power plants through $150 million in ratepayer subsidies.

The entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
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The Ohio House will try again Tuesday to hold a vote on the sweeping energy bill which could bail out nuclear power plants and would end energy efficiency requirements for utilities.

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