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A plan is being introduced at the Ohio Statehouse that would not only help union workers in any future strikes, but could also benefit the General Motors workers in their current strike.

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Lawmakers have introduced a bill in the Ohio House that would expand rights for LGBTQ people by protecting access to housing, employment and public accommodations.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
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The Ohio House unanimously decided to bring back income tax breaks for lobbyists and lawyers after the professions were excluded in the state budget.

House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) unveil new cameras installed in a committee room in March.
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House Democrats are calling on the Speaker to add protections for LGBTQ members and staffers to the chamber’s employee handbook. A recent draft of the guidelines left sexual orientation and gender identity off the list of protected traits.

Rep. Phil Plummer, right, (R-Dayton) and Rep. D.J. Swearingen (R-Huron) speak about their bill to add more information in the databased used for background checks in gun sales.
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A pair of Ohio House Republicans are pushing for a bill that would mandate better reporting into the database used for background checks on gun sales. They say it's an important step in addressing gun violence.

Rep. Smith speaks during Ohio House session on April 11, 2018.
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The former speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives will be leaving the Ohio legislature soon to take a leadership post in higher education.

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An Ohio lawmaker has introduced a bill banning the sale of flavored vaping products as concerns grow about health effects of vaping.

Ohio lawmakers passed a law in 2006 that prevented local governments from passing any gun laws that are more restrictive than those enacted at the state level, and when cities challenged it, the Ohio Supreme Court upheld the law. Now, there’s a move afoot to change it.

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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.

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