Tag Archive | Bills

Kasich: Right to Work “Not on My Agenda”

Republican Governor John Kasich said last week that “right-to-work” legislation, which weakens labor unions, isn’t on his agenda. That’s not the same as saying he would fight or veto it. The divisive measure should not be enacted. Putting aside the likely partisan explosion, Ohio’s voters signaled as recently as 2011 that they do not favor such […]

Citizens Testify Against House Bill 231

Yesterday’s hearing for House Bill 231 was a success! Multiple organizations, students, religious leaders, teachers, and concerned citizens showed up and let their voices be heard. House Bill 231 would open the door for people to carry concealed weapons in places like churches, day care centers, schools, government buildings, and other places where they are now […]

Rep. Ryan Wants Manufacturing Focus at SOTU

During last year’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama highlighted the success of a Youngstown manufacturing innovation institute that specializes in 3-D printing technology. Representative Tim Ryan (D-Niles) and other boosters of domestic manufacturing say they hope to hear more along those lines during Obama’s State of the Union address tomorrow night. Ninety percent of the […]

ACLU Sues Ohio Over Budget

The ACLU of Ohio has challenged H.B. 59, the state budget bill, by exposing three provisions that violate the Ohio Constitution’s “One-Subject Rule,” which requires that legislation contain only one subject. All provisions in a budget bill must relate to the state’s budget and state funding; the three provisions that the ACLU of Ohio opposes […]

Ohio’s Heartbeat Bill Strains Anti-Choice Unity

A rift over legal tactics has split the anti-abortion movement, with leaders facing a Tea Party-like insurrection from grass-roots activists impatient with the pace of change. Anti-abortion leaders like National Right to Life and Catholic bishops have pushed for chipping away at Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. Activists and […]

The most sweeping changes in criminal-sentencing and prison operations in fifteen years kicked in Friday. The changes will cause a projected drop of 3,700 inmates and $38 million in savings by 2015. There are dozens of changes in House Bill 86, which was signed by Governor John Kasich on July 1. Inmates who complete education and […]

Cleveland Passes Green Streets Ordinance

Cleveland‘s streets are about to get friendlier for bicyclists and pedestrians. On Monday, the city council approved a law requiring that 20% of money spent on road projects go to features such as bike-only lanes, crosswalks, energy-efficient lighting, and porous pavement. The law caps the extra cost at $1 million. The Complete and Green Streets […]

American Jobs Act Would Fund Ohio Schools

Yesterday, President Obama submitted to Congress the American Jobs Act. Today, the President is visiting the Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School in Columbus to highlight his proposal to put workers back on the job by rebuilding and modernizing schools across the country. The President is proposing a $25 billion investment in school infrastructure […]

Rep. Sutton Issues Statement Regarding Obama’s Jobs Plan

Today, Congresswoman Betty Sutton (OH-13) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s speech before a joint session of Congress: The most important issue to my constituents is the issue of creating jobs. Tonight, President Obama echoed the urgency felt across Northeast Ohio that first and foremost we must get people back to work. […]

Republican Election Strategy: Keep Democrats from Voting

You may have heard about the recent voter suppression bill in Ohio, HB194. It makes significant changes to the way we are allowed to vote, including: If voters are at the wrong precinct, poll workers would not be required to tell them of this or direct them to the correct one. When people cast votes […]