- Ohio lawmakers poised to vote on charter schools overhaul Updated: Oct-07-15 1:58 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - After years of emotional public debate, Ohio is moving to overhaul its embattled charter-school system with new performance, accountability and reporting requirements.
- House considers tougher prison terms for Ohio gun crimes Updated: Oct-06-15 5:41 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohioans who repeatedly use guns to commit crimes would face tougher penalties under a proposal a House committee is hearing.
- Ohio House panel begins review of 2 abortion-related bills Updated: Oct-06-15 3:16 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio House committee is reviewing bills to restrict Planned Parenthood money and ban abortions after 20 weeks' gestation.
- News Guide: Ohioans to decide how to redraw political maps Updated: Oct-03-15 2:05 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A fall ballot proposal seeks to overhaul how Ohio draws its legislative districts after state lawmakers struck a bipartisan deal to change the process.
- Correction: Criminal Records-Hiring story Updated: Oct-01-15 5:36 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - In a story Sept. 30 about criminal background checks, The Associated Press erroneously reported details of a bill approved by the Ohio House. The bill would prohibit a public employer from asking about an applicant's criminal history on an application, not prohibit public employers from inquiring about an applicant's criminal history until the person has been selected for the position and an offer is about to be made. The bill also would not require public employers to consider several factors before rejecting applicants because of their criminal histories.
- Ohio report on fracking tax misses deadline, work continues Updated: Oct-01-15 12:49 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A group studying Ohio's oil-and-gas severance tax will miss a state budget-imposed deadline for releasing its report even after the state Senate president initially called it a "hard deadline" and told reporters it was likely coming this week.
- Ohio bill would let schools, camps stock asthma inhalers Updated: Oct-01-15 6:45 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio bill would let schools and camps keep a supply of asthma inhalers not prescribed to specific patients in case of emergencies.
- Panel seeks to extend freeze on Ohio green energy targets Updated: Sep-30-15 5:19 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Government requirements for the use of solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy by Ohio power companies would be suspended indefinitely under recommendations released Wednesday by a legislative panel.
- Ohio lawmakers debate fix on small business tax in budget Updated: Sep-30-15 11:07 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio lawmakers are continuing to work on a fix to a budget provision that imposes an unintended tax increase on some small businesses.
- Bill to let patients get STD meds for partners clears panel Updated: Sep-30-15 10:04 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio Senate committee has cleared a bill that seeks to expand access to treatment for certain sexually transmitted diseases by allowing doctors to prescribe medication to their patients' partners without first examining them.
- Bill would let Ohioans with drug convictions keep license Updated: Sep-30-15 3:46 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Senate is beginning consideration of a bill that would give judges the option of suspending a driver's license for someone convicted of a drug charge instead of the suspension being mandatory.
- Ohio GOP legislator to seek Speaker Boehner's House seat Updated: Sep-29-15 1:06 pm
TIPP CITY, Ohio - A western Ohio Republican state legislator says he's running for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur).
- Ohio Senate considers statewide ride-sharing regulations Updated: Sep-29-15 12:27 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Senate is considering a bill that would create one set of statewide regulations for ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.
- Correction: Lawmaker-Burglary Case story Updated: Sep-29-15 11:45 am
PORT CLINTON, Ohio - In a story Sept. 28 about the appointment of a new lawmaker, The Associated Press erroneously reported who made the decision. It was Republicans in the Ohio House, not the U.S. House.
- Bill would make it harder for government to seize assets Updated: Sep-29-15 11:20 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A newly proposed bill would make it harder for Ohio authorities to seize assets like cash or vehicles if the owners aren't involved in criminal activity.
- Ohio lawmaker, longtime partner get marriage license Updated: Sep-23-15 4:40 pm
CLEVELAND - An Ohio lawmaker and her longtime partner are finally getting married after waiting 21 years.
- Ohio Senate proposal would end funds to Planned Parenthood Updated: Sep-23-15 4:24 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The leader of the Ohio Senate has introduced a bill that would divert government funding from Planned Parenthood.
- Measure in Ohio Senate defends Wright brothers' 1st flight Updated: Sep-23-15 1:57 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A resolution repudiating Connecticut's claim that another aviator beat the Wright brothers as first in flight has gotten its initial airing in the Ohio Senate.
- Bill makes Ohio requirement of presentence report optional Updated: Sep-23-15 3:05 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Senate lawmakers are considering a bill aimed at saving money and the amount of time some inmates spend in jail before sentencing.
- Former Ohio congressman seeking vacated House seat Updated: Sep-16-15 3:05 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A former congressman is among the three people who have applied to replace a state lawmaker from northeast Ohio who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor related to the mishandling of campaign funds.
- Legislative term-limit effort clears initial hurdle in Ohio Updated: Sep-09-15 3:35 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A ballot effort to cap at 12 years the combination of time a person could serve in the Ohio Legislature has cleared an initial hurdle.