Politics & Government

Payday Lending Reined In By Ohio House

May 1, 2008

Consumers advocates are cheering, and owners of payday loan stores are jeering now that the Ohio House of Representatives has passed a bill, slapping tough new limits on controversial short-term loans. The floor debate focussed not only on the loans, but also on a different topic, gambling.

Columbus Boosters Work To Attract Return Visitors.

Mar 19, 2007

College Basketball fans spent millions of dollars in Columbus during the week-end as they followed their teams in the first and second rounds of the N-C-double-A tournament at Nationwide arena. But, "Experience Columbus," a booster group for the city and region, wants first-time visitors to the city to return. So, the organization is offering something called "experiential tourism."

G-O-P Lawmakers Launch Hearings on Immigration

Sep 12, 2006

Republicans who dominate the Ohio Legislature plan to launch committee hearings tomorrow (Tuesday) on a bill to crackdown on illegal immigrants. Legislative leaders hope to get final approval for the plan by the end of the year .but advocates for Hispanics are already vowing to challenge the measure in court, if it becomes law.

Bill Cohen Ohio Public Radio

New Voter Petition Rules Cause Legislative Stir.

Jun 27, 2006

A legislative committee approved new rules governing how individuals and groups register new voters. The new guidelines were written by Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell and grew out of a bill Governor Taft signed in January overhauling Ohio election law. Critics are concerned that new rules require paid circulators to return signed registration cards within to either county boards of elections or the secretary of state's office, rather than to the group paying them.