Ohio Senate

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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In an overwhelming show of bipartisan unity, the Ohio Senate on Wednesday morning unanimously passed a bill making a lot of changes in state law. The Ohio House then joined in a few hours later, approving the bill 91-0, though legislators stress the changes are only temporary. 

In this Jan. 14, 2019 photo, Caitlin Powers sits in the living room of her Brooklyn apartment in New York, and has a telemedicine video conference with physician, Dr. Deborah Mulligan.
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The Ohio Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that bans doctors from using telemedicine to prescribe abortion-inducing drugs. 

State Sen. Theresa Fedor (D-Toledo) hosts Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio Statehouse on Feb. 27, 2020.
Ohio Senate

Ohio Democratic lawmakers brought in a big crowd for their 11th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio Statehouse.

High school runner Noor Alexandria Abukaram and state Sen. Theresa Gavarone at the Ohio Statehouse.
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An Ohio senator has introduced new legislation aimed at protecting the religious expression of athletes. The bill was inspired by an Ohio teen disqualified from a cross-country race for wearing a hijab without a required waiver.

A sundial at the Ohio Statehouse is a replica of the Mount Vernon Sundial.
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The Ohio Senate has approved a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to put the country permanently on daylight saving time.

For the first time since November, a Senate committee heard testimony on a bill to eliminate the time limit on prosecuting rapes.

Saddia Kendrick, an eighth grader at Corryville Catholic in Cincinnati, says her family couldn't afford her school without EdChoice vouchers.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

As conference committee hearings continue on a bill to change the state’s EdChoice private school voucher program, parents and students who depend on the program came out in support of the Senate version.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (left) and Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (right)
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The Ohio Senate has rejected a House plan to replace the state’s private school voucher system. That means there’s now a dual front in the battle over the rapidly-expanding EdChoice program, with two conference committees dealing with two versions of a fix.

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The Ohio Senate is holding hearings for a bill that could ease up on the punishment for teenage sexting, as lawmakers argue the current punishment can carry lifelong consequences.

Ohio Senate president Larry Obhof is defending income tax cuts in their version of the budget, which must be finalized by this weekend.
Paul Vernon / Associated Press

As the clock ticked down to a February 1 deadline for lawmakers to make a change to Ohio’s private school voucher program, the Ohio Senate approved a House measure to delay the issue.

House Speaker Larry Householder
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Republican leaders in the Senate have approved a deal that would stop a dramatic increase in the number of public school buildings where students will be eligible for private school vouchers.

Parents of kids using private school vouchers are calling on lawmakers to reject a plan that would avoid a major influx in schools eligible for the EdChoice program.

In this Jan. 14, 2019 photo, Caitlin Powers sits in the living room of her Brooklyn apartment in New York, and has a telemedicine video conference with physician, Dr. Deborah Mulligan.
Mark Lennihan / AP

A bill to prevent doctors from using telemedicine to provide abortion-inducing drugs has been introduced. However backers of the bill don't know of any cases where that is happening in Ohio right now.

Crystal Brown, left, comforts her 15-year-old daughter Josephine Brown-Walker as she talks about her EdChoice voucher, which allows her to attend a Christian high school in Columbus.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Lawmakers say there's a deal in the works to stop the impending explosion in the number of school buildings where students will be eligible for private school vouchers. But parents and students already in the EdChoice program want it to expand.

Ohio Senate and Ohio House signs at the Ohio Statehouse.
Dan Konik / Statehouse News Bureau

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

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