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A Democratic lawmaker is calling attention to a report that she says raises red flags over college affordability. The report pointed out several in-state colleges and universities with a low enrollment of students from low-income and working class families.

Two Republican Ohio House members want to introduce a bill soon that would eliminate the prevailing wage on construction projects. And that puts the GOP leader of that chamber in a spot.

For the first time in eight years, Ohio’s governor will deliver two consecutive State of the State speeches at the state capitol.

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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Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) says her high-profile domestic violence bill is gaining momentum in the Ohio House. The bipartisan piece of legislation known as "Aisha's Law" looks to overhaul the way communities and law enforcement respond to reports of assault.

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Starting on Thursday, every committee hearing at the Ohio Statehouse will be streamed live or recorded and broadcast later.

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A Democratic state lawmaker from Westerville has introduced a bill that would make using a cellphone while driving reason enough to pull someone over.

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A pair of bills in the Ohio General Assembly would change the way people register to vote, making it an automatic process instead requiring them to fill out forms or go online. In both, people could still opt out of the process, although the two bills approach the problem differently.

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Critics are giving low marks to a study of the state’s school report cards put out by a group of lawmakers. However one big change could come from it.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
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The Republican leader of the Ohio House says lawmakers are in a quandary when it comes to the death penalty. 

A Hilliard schools student completes classroom work with an iPad.
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A Democratic lawmaker and longtime critic of private school vouchers says she’s not convinced there’s time to do a short-term fix to a huge expansion of the state’s largest voucher program.

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New rules on the state’s largest voucher program have meant a 400% increase in the number of public schools where students qualify for private school vouchers. 

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In the next five years, more than a quarter of Ohioans will be over the age of 60. That’s a concern for first responders, as they’re more likely than ever to encounter a person with dementia.

Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the country, will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025.
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Voting mostly along party lines, the Ohio House has passed a bill banning local communities from restricting the use of plastic bags, sending it on to the Senate.

About 800,000 Ohioans take advantage of the homestead exemption credit that reduces their property tax burden. Now, a bill has been introduced that would reduce it even further for low-income and disabled veterans.

Katie Groezinger, a cosmetology student, colors hair using a technique known as balayage at The Spa School in Worthington.
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A bill in the Statehouse is reigniting the contentious debate over licensing requirements for cosmetologists and barbers. The legislation would cut up to 500 hours of instructional time for people trying to get a cosmetology or barbers license

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