Ohio Senate

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.

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

Gov. Mike DeWine says one of his top priorities in 2020 is to push his package of gun and mental health law changes, which he introduced after the August mass shooting in Dayton. But both Republican and Democratic leaders in the Ohio Senate suggest that might be an uphill battle.

Senate Finance Chair Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) gestures during a discussion about the Ohio Senate version of the budget as President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) looks on.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Gov. Mike DeWine's gun bill is likely to see some changes before it reaches the Ohio Senate for a vote.

SNAP benefits sign
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Leaders in the Ohio Senate had a last-minute change of heart on a bill, SB165, to require Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards to include a photo ID. It’s been tabled until the new year.

A state senator is calling on Ohio lawmakers to limit how much property taxes can increase annually to 3%.

Marijuana plants
Jim Mone / AP

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) says the plan to change drug sentencing laws is one of the most important pieces of legislation they'll have during this two-year session.

An all-gender restroom is seen at Seattle City Hall Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

An Ohio lawmaker is calling on the state to require more places to have adult changing tables in restrooms.

 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Paul Vernon / Associated Press

Ohio lawmakers are considering a pair of Republican-backed bills that would toss out current and future bans on single-use plastic bags passed by local governments. But there’s a critic who could potentially trash the “ban the bans” idea: Gov. Mike DeWine.

Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the country, will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025.
Rogelio V. Solis / AP

State senators considering one of two bills to ban local bans on plastic bags heard from around 40 opponents, who either came to a committee hearing or sent in written testimony.

A stop sign on a school bus.
lincolnblues / Flickr

State lawmakers are looking at a bill that would hike the penalties for passing a school bus as it’s picking up or dropping off kids.

Licking Heights High School freshmen take notes in a World History class taught by Amy Obhof..
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Some Ohio lawmakers are backing a bill passed by the House that they say protects the religious rights of students. Opponents say it’s unnecessary and would hurt the academic integrity of schools.

guns on display in a gun store
Seth Perlman / Associated Press

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.

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