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Students in the classroom
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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

House Speaker Larry Householder
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The head of the Ohio House wants the state to come up with a new way of funding schools. He throws out a suggestion that could involve what's often been called a "Robin Hood" approach.

guns on display in a gun store
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State lawmakers are considering a bill that would remove what's known as the "duty to retreat" in public before shooting someone in self-defense, a law commonly referred to as the "Stand Your Ground" bill.

Sen. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) talks about occupational license reciprocity in the Ohio Statehouse.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Republican lawmakers in the Ohio House and Senate are pushing for a bill that would recognize occupational licenses granted in other states.

Abortion protesters at the Ohio Statehouse.
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A new GOP bill would outlaw all abortions in Ohio and subject medical professionals who facilitate the procedure to possible murder charges.

There are more than 7,000 diseases that are considered “rare” – meaning that fewer than 200,000 people have them. But 10 percent of Americans have one of those “rare” diseases, including 1.1 million Ohioans.

Gov. Mike DeWine, center, speaks between Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, left, and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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One of the Ohio House’s top agenda items known as priority bills was passed in the Senate on Wednesday. However Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) said he’s still frustrated with the pace of legislation moving from his chamber through to the other one.

Rep. Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) is proposing a bill, HB318, that would create an inspection and certification process for companies wanting to sell Kratom, an herbal supplement commonly found in powder and capsule form.

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