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Katie Groezinger, a cosmetology student, colors hair using a technique known as balayage at The Spa School in Worthington.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

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.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

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.
Paul Vernon / Associated Press

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.

alcohol poured into a shot glass
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Two Ohio lawmakers want to loosen state restrictions on alcohol. The bipartisan legislation they are proposing would make it easier for churches and non-profits to gift alcohol as part of fundraising events without having to obtain permits.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) is throwing shots at the Ohio Senate, claiming they're taking too much time to pass bills that are priority issues in the House. Householder says his fellow Republicans in the Senate need to pick up the pace on issues that could help Ohioans.

Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague (R-Ohio) backs a proposed House bill that would reduce interest rates for loans used for adoption.
Dan Konik / Ohio Public Radio

In Ohio, as many as 19,000 children are projected to be in the foster care system by this time next year. State leaders are offering a plan that could address the crisis by alleviating some of the financial stress that comes with adoption through reduced interest rates.

Rep. Rick Carfagna (R-Westerville) says a new bill in the Ohio Statehouse would increase penalties for johns and pimps.
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Ohio lawmakers are proposing a new bill to bring tougher penalties against people who recruit and force others into prostitution, as well as the "johns" who pay for it.

Boxes of tampons are displayed in a pharmacy, Monday, March 7, 2016, in New York.
Mark Lennihan / Associated Press

Gov. Mike DeWine has signed into law a measure repealing Ohio's sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products.

Rep. Adam Holmes (R-Nashport, center) talks about his bill that provides options for suprise medical bills along with Reps. Jim Butler (R-Oakwood. left), Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville) and Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton).
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Several Ohio House Republicans are backing a bill that they say provides options to avoid "surprise billing," when patients get unexpected big invoices from out of network providers after visiting an in-network hospital or health care facility.

Judith Garcia, 19, fills a syringe as she prepares to give herself an injection of insulin at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Commerce, Calif.
Reed Saxon / AP

Diabetics who depend on insulin to live often find themselves paying hundreds, sometimes more than $1,000 a month, for that medication. A new bill would limit that out of pocket cost to $100 for a one month supply.

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