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Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Dec 2, 2019
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Some death-penalty opponents last week raised a red flag over a proposed state law that would ban all abortions and make whoever performs an abortion eligible for life in prison or capital punishment.

Today on our Weekly Reporter Roundtable on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the proposed abortion ban and more. 

 

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Protesting Infrastructure

Nov 28, 2019

State lawmakers across the country are mulling model legislation intended to discourage protests at so-called critical infrastructure projects such as oil and gas pipelines. 

Supporters say the idea is to protect property and safety. Opponents say the idea is to stifle free speech. 

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the right to protest at critical infrastructure projects. 

 

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Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Oct 14, 2019
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When Gov. Mike DeWine addressed a Dayton crowd two days after a mass shooting in August, the crowd asked him to just "do something." He responded with a proposal for universal background checks on gun sales and a version of the "red flag" law.

The governor last week retreated from both promises, saying that he has a superior plan that would expand the state’s pink slip system, hospitalizing certain people deemed at risk for violence for up to three days, and a way to make it easier to prosecute gun sellers.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Oct 7, 2019
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Governor Mike DeWine is set to unveil the legislation for his 17-point fun safety plan today. 

The plan called for tougher background checks, a version of a “red-flag” procedure, and expanded mental health services.

The DeWine plan arrives a week after House Democrats demanded that Republican leadership hold hearings on another slate of bills they say will help reduce gun violence and mass shootings

Today on the All Sides with Ann Fisher Weekly Reporter Roundtable: gun control and more. 

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Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jun 17, 2019
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The Ohio Senate latest version of two-year state budget plan would restore a controversial small-business tax exemption and increase a proposed income tax cut from to 8%, among other things. 

House Speaker Larry Householder has signaled that he takes exception to the Senate plan for the budget. 

Today on All Sides, the revised state budget plan and more on our Weekly Reporter Roundtable. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jun 10, 2019
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Republican Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder in late May called on the Ohio Library Council to end drag queen educational programming and other pride events at public libraries.

A program in Licking County was cancelled due to the controversey, and another in Delaware was rescheduled. 

Householder attracted his own critics after his letter the Ohio Library Council was made public.

Today on All Sides, drag and politics on weekly Reporter Roundtable.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jun 3, 2019
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The clean energy bill passed in the Ohio House last week. 

The measure eliminates the state’s clean energy mandates and, if passed, most of the benefits would go to two aging nuclear plants and two coal-burning plants. 

Electric rate payers could also see a small reduction in their bills, but opponents to the plan predict the savings will be short-lived.

Today on All Sides, the clean energy bill and more on our weekly Reporter Roundtable.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

May 13, 2019
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The Ohio House passed a two-year $69 million state spending plan last week that includes tax cuts and increases in spending for education and children services.

The plan now heads to the Ohio Senate. 

Today on All Sides, the state budget and more on our weekly Reporter Roundtable. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Apr 22, 2019
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State lawmakers are considering a handful of bills to change how the state responds to school districts in academic distress.

Current law – passed in 2015 – says the state takes over any district that receives three consecutive failing grades on the state report card. 

Dayton schools are scheduled for state takeover this summer. Columbus and other districts face takeovers after next school year.

Today on All Sides, we discuss that and more on our weekly Reporter Roundtable.  

Reporter Roundtable

Mar 18, 2019
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Governor Mike DeWine's proposed executive budget was unveiled last week.

The spending plan doesn't raise taxes or include any tax cuts. But DeWine did put an emphasis on children's issues and proposes nearly doubling state funding for family and children services.

Today on All Sides, we discuss the Governor's budget plan and more on our weekly Reporter Roundtable.

Reporter Roundtable

Mar 4, 2019
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Governor Mike DeWine has proposed an 18-cents-per-gallon state gas tax increase to offset at least part of a billion-dollar-a year revenue shortfall for the Ohio Department of Transportation construction and maintenance of roads and bridges.

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof has said that if there’s a tax hike on gas, a cut would be called for in income taxes.

Today on All Sides Weekly Reporter Roundtable: the prospects for a gas tax hike. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Feb 18, 2019
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Senator Sherrod Brown is half way through his listening tour of early primary and caucus states.

In New Hampshire, Brown attracted decent sized crowns and media attention. Brown still plans to visit Nevada and South Carolina before making a final decision on a White House run.

And Ohio Department of Transportation director Jack Marchbank told state lawmakers last week that his agency is in need of $1 billion to repair and improve Ohio’s bridges and roadways.

Today on All Sides, we discuss that and more on our Weekly Reporter Roundtable. 

Reporter Roundtable

Feb 11, 2019
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Two Ohio lawmakers are pushing to get tampons and diapers exempt from sales tax.

In the state, pharmaceutical drugs, medical equipment and insulin aren’t charged sales tax. The bipartisan bill, if passed, would make Ohio the 15th state to exempt menstrual products.

Today on All Sides, Ohio politics, pharmacy middlemen, and medical marijuana.

The State Budget

Feb 5, 2019
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Another state legislative session, another two-year state budget. And a new governor, one who may respond to the legislative branch very differently from his predecessor. Today on All Sides, how a budget comes to be, the process and the issues.

Ohio Constitution

Dec 4, 2018

Following the vote on Issue One in the most recent midterms, state politicians are looking to change how residents can amend the constitution.

House Joint Resolution 19 aims to make passage of measures like November’s Issue 1, the legalization of recreational marijuana, and others more difficult, increasing the voter approval to 60 percent.

While all of this is happening, an exhibit of the original state constitution is on display at the Ohio Statehouse.

Today on All Sides, changes to the Ohio Constitution and its history.

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