Ohio

Majority of States Have Expanded Medicaid Under ACA | 12-16-2016

Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid in accordance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but left to states discretion by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius in...

Energy - December 19 2016 | 12-16-2016

The OHIO House and Senate endorse HB 554 , which would allow utilities to continue ignoring the Buckeye State’s renewable energy targets for the next two years. The standards were initially created in 2008 and require utilities to make up 12.5 percent...

Social Policy - December 19 2016 | 12-16-2016

Social Policy In OH OHIO Gov. John Kasich (R) vetoes HB 493 , which would have made it a fifth-degree felony, punishable by up to one year in prison, for a physician to perform an abortion without checking for a fetal heartbeat or performing the procedure...

Social Policy - December 12 2016 | 12-09-2016

The OHIO House and Senate approve HB 493 , which would make it a fifth-degree felony, punishable by up to one year in prison, for a physician to perform an abortion without checking for a fetal heartbeat or performing the procedure after it can be detected...

Governors In Brief - December 5 2016 | 12-02-2016

Gov. Kasich Urges Reduced Medical Licensing Boards OHIO Gov. John Kasich (R) and lawmakers are working on a plan to consolidate the Buckeye State’s multiple medical licensing boards. Legislation currently under consideration in the General Assembly...

Purged OH Voters Can Vote In November | 10-21-2016

Ohio voters who were removed from the state’s voter rolls due to inactivity will be allowed to vote in the November general election by provisional ballot, according to a U.S. District Court ruling last week. That decision comes a little less than...

Politics In Brief - October 10 2016 | 10-07-2016

Federal Appeals Court Blocks KS Voter Registration Requirement The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has upheld an order blocking KANSAS Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) from requiring voters to show proof of citizenship when registering...

States Sue To Block Federal Overtime Rule | 09-30-2016

Twenty-one predominantly Republican-governed states have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new Obama administration rule extending mandatory overtime pay to millions of American workers. The rule, which was finalized in May and takes effect in December...

Governors In Brief - October 3 2016 | 09-30-2016

Gov. Wolf Urges Passing of PA Opioid Measures Citing “a public health crisis the likes of which we have not before seen,” PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf (D) addressed a rare joint session of the legislature last week to urge them to take action...

Politics In Brief - October 3 2016 | 09-30-2016

Federal Appeals Court Blocks OH Inactive Voter Purge The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that OHIO’s purge of inactive voters from its voting rolls violates federal law, reversing a lower court’s decision. The case now returns to...

Feds Reject OH Medicaid Plan | 09-16-2016

Included in the budget bill passed by Ohio lawmakers last year was a proposal, dubbed the “Healthy Ohio Program,” requiring all non-disabled Medicaid participants in the state earning any amount of income - about 1.6 million individuals -...

Supreme Court Refuses To Reinstate ‘Golden Week’ In OH | 09-16-2016

After Ohio’s Republican-controlled General Assembly passed HB 234 in 2005, establishing 35 days of absentee voting in the state, there was a week-long interval, when the absentee-voting period overlapped the state’s voter registration period...

Proposed OH Ballot Measure Would Make Abortion Murder | 09-09-2016

A proposed constitutional amendment has been submitted to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) that would classify any abortion performed in the state as murder. The ballot issue would define an “unborn human” as “an individual...

If It’s Tuesday We Must Be In Ohio | 09-09-2016

Speaking of chaotic, this nugget from the ongoing carnival act known as the 2016 presidential campaigns. As the Columbus Dispatch reports , Green Party candidate Jill Stein recently flew into Cincinnati to speak at a campaign rally for her longshot candidacy...

Public Pension Return Rates Lagging In States | 08-19-2016

Investment returns for large public pension plans in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015 were significantly lower than the plans’ assumed rates of return, according to money management news source Pensions & Investments . The one-year return...

Gov. Martinez Seeks Return Of NM Death Penalty | 08-19-2016

In the wake of the fatal shooting of a police officer, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) said she will push lawmakers to resurrect the death penalty for those who kill police or children during the next legislative session. Martinez pushed to bring...

Budgets In Brief - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

Medical Marijuana Could Give Big Budget Boost to OH Annual medical marijuana sales in OHIO , legalized by Gov. John Kasich’s (R) signing of HB 523 in June, could reach $400 million in two or three years, making the state one of the nation’s...

Most States Allow Transportation Network Companies | 08-12-2016

Thirty-seven states have passed laws regulating transportation network companies (TNCs), according to the R Street Institute and LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking database. The most recent addition to that group is Delaware, where Gov...

Texas et al Win Challenge To Obama Immigration Policy | 07-15-2016

Twenty-five states joined Texas in challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy in November 2014, expanding temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants. Fifteen states also filed amicus, or “friend...

Health & Science - July 18 2016 | 07-15-2016

OH Gov Signs HB 158 OHIO Gov. John Kasich (R) signs HB 158 , which strikes the term “mental retardation” from the state’s Revised Code and replaces it with the term “intellectual disability.” The law also specifies that...

Texas Abortion Ruling Reverberates In Other States | 07-01-2016

Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a 2013 Texas law requiring doctors and clinics that perform abortions to meet hospital-like standards resulted in the almost immediate effective invalidation of similar laws facing legal challenge...

Health & Science - June 20 2016 | 06-17-2016

NJ Assemble Approves AB 457 The NEW JERSEY Assembly approves AB 457 , which would add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments eligible to be treated with marijuana. It moves to the Senate (NORTHJERSEY.COM). CO Gov Signs HB 1436 ...

OH Disenfranchising Casual Voters | 06-10-2016

Every state does periodic housekeeping on its voter rolls to keep them up to date. But only a few eliminate voters just for voting infrequently. And none of them is likely to have more of an impact on this year’s presidential election than Ohio...

OH Voting Restrictions Ruled Unconstitutional | 06-10-2016

In another Ohio election law case, a federal judge has thrown out provisions voiding absentee and provisional ballots with technical flaws. The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless and the Ohio Democratic...

Health & Science - June 13 2016 | 06-10-2016

RI Approves HB 7866 The RHODE ISLAND Senate approves HB 7866 , which would allow Ocean State health-care providers with their patients’ permission to access up-to-date information from a centralized electronic health exchange to improve coordination...

Health & Science - June 6 2016 | 06-03-2016

OH Approves HB 523 The OHIO House and Senate approve HB 523 , which would make the Buckeye State the 25 th to legalize marijuana use for medicinal purposes. It is now with Gov. John Kasich (R) for consideration (CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER). Health In...

Business - May 23 2016 | 05-20-2016

Business In the Workplace The Obama administration announces new rules that raise the threshold for full-time salaried workers to be paid overtime to those making $47,476 per year, up from the current standard of $23,660. The change, which would impact...

Majority of States Have Minimum Wage Higher Than Federal Standard | 05-20-2016

As of last month, 29 states had a minimum wage that was higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Two of those states, California and New York, have also passed laws that will gradually...

Crime & Punishment - May 23 2016 | 05-20-2016

AZ, OH, OK Delay Executions Pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer announces it will enact protocols to ensure states are no longer able to use drugs it provides as part of carrying out a lethal injection execution. At least 20 other U.S. and European...

I’ll Have the Bourbon Float, Please | 05-20-2016

Ice cream lovers in Ohio may soon have a new option when they trundle into their local ice cream parlor – booze-infused ice cream. As the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports , making hooch-laden ice cream is already legal in the Buckeye State. So is...

Health & Science - May 16 2016 | 05-13-2016

OH Approves HB 523 The OHIO House approves HB 523 , a bill that would legalize medicinal marijuana use in the Buckeye State. The measure moves to the Senate (CINCINATTI INQUIRER). MD Gov Signs HB 1005 & SB 97 MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan (R...

Drone Laws Passed In Over Half of States In Last Few Years | 05-05-2016

Since 2013, 27 states have enacted laws addressing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The laws generally define what UAS or drones are and specify how they can be used by law enforcement...

Politics In Brief - May 9 2016 | 05-05-2016

Auto Voter Registration Comes to VT VERMONT Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) signed legislation that will automatically register eligible residents to vote when they apply for a driver’s license. The law, which will take effect in 2017, makes Vermont the...

Governors In Brief - April 18 2016 | 04-15-2016

Edwards Issues LGBT Order LOUISIANA Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) issued Executive Order No. JBE 2016-11 , which protects LGBT state employees and contractors from being fired, discriminated against or harassed based on their gender identity or sexual...

ACLU Sues OH Sec of State Over Voter Rolls | 04-15-2016

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Jon Husted (R), alleging he is violating the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 by removing from the voter rolls tens of thousands of voters who haven’t...

And the Oscar Goes To | 04-01-2016

The folks at Mohawk High School in Sycamore, Ohio were recently very happy to welcome state Sen. Izaha Akins to talk to students about the joys of being in government. The school had been expecting Sen. David Burke, but went along when Akins told them...

17-Year-Olds Allowed to Vote in OH Primary | 03-18-2016

Seventeen-year-olds who will turn 18 by the November general election were allowed to vote in Ohio’s primary last Tuesday, thanks to a ruling by a county court judge in that state a few days before the election. Ohio Secretary of State John...

More States Oppose Obama Immigration Policy Than Support | 03-18-2016

Texas and twenty-five other states have filed suit to block President Obama’s executive actions in November shielding undocumented immigrants from deportation for three years, according to the Pew Research Center. Twelve states have filed an amicus...

17-Year-Olds Sue OH Sec of State Over Right to Vote | 03-11-2016

The Fair Elections Legal Network, a national voting rights group, and nine 17-year-old Ohioans have filed suit against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas for refusing to allow 17-year-old residents to vote...

States Still Divesting from Iran | 02-12-2016

Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books prohibiting at least some state pension or retirement funds from investing in companies that do a certain amount of business in Iran. Ten of those states also have laws on the books...

Most States Increasing Spending in 2016 | 12-18-2015

States enacted budgets for fiscal 2016 that will increase general fund spending by an average of 4.1 percent, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers. The biggest spending bump, New York’s 14.7 percent increase, is largely...

Social Policy - December 21 2015 | 12-18-2015

Social Policy in OH A federal judge temporarily blocks OHIO Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) from going to court to change how Planned Parenthood disposes of fetal remains following abortion procedures. U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. issued...

Environment - December 14 2015 | 12-11-2015

The U.S. House of Representatives approves HR 1321, a bill that would ban the use of microbeads, small bits of plastic found in a variety of personal products like soap and toothpaste. At least eight states, including ILLINOIS, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT,...

A No Khaki Zone | 12-04-2015

The longstanding football rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan took on a new wrinkle this year. Or is that a pleat? As reported by Sports Illustrated , Ohio Gov. John Kasich issued a resolution last week before the big game that included not only his...

Crime & Punishment - November 23 2015 | 11-20-2015

Crime In OH The OHIO Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of requiring sex offenders to register their addresses with authorities (DAYTON DAILY NEWS). Crime In MA The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate give final approval to HB 1641, which...

Education - November 9 2015 | 11-06-2015

OHIO Gov. John Kasich (R) signs HB 2, which among its several provisions requires in-depth financial and academic reporting from charter schools and management organizations, bars charter schools from switching authorizers to avoid being shut down, and...

Going For the Slam | 10-30-2015

Ohio Governor and aspiring GOP presidential nominee John Kasich said last week it is no more Mr. Nice Guy for him. Kasich was referring to his presidential campaign and how he plans to go on the offensive against some of his fellow candidates. But Kasich...

OH AG Sues Toledo Over Pot Law | 10-09-2015

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) has filed a lawsuit challenging parts of a new voter-approved marijuana ordinance in the city of Toledo because he says they contradict with state law and will encourage crime. The city’s “Sensible Marihuana...

Pre-election voting restricted in many states | 09-18-2015

In most states eligible voters can cast their votes before Election Day, either by going to the polls during designated early voting periods or by voting via absentee ballot. But 30 states have no early voting period, although 13 of those states allow...

Politics In Brief - August 17 2015 | 08-14-2015

MN House Members Age Increase The median age of MINNESOTA House members has increased by seven years - from 47 to 55 - since 1995. For senators the increase is eight years, from 47 to 55 (TWIN CITIES PIONEER PRESS). KS Cracks Down on Voter Fraud...