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Advocates for more minority owned businesses at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, along with state leaders and business owners, say they are working hard to continue to encourage more minority owned businesses in Ohio. 

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.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

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.

Lawmakers want to require law enforcement to record interrogations with suspects accused of murder and sexual assault. Backers say this could help avoid wrongful convictions and add support for investigators. 

Ohio ranks fifth among states for how many babies die before turning one, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2017, nearly a thousand Ohio infants died before their first birthdays.

A bill introduced this week by legislators from Akron and Canton aims to reduce the state’s infant mortality rate.