Tag Archive | Ohio Senate

Ohio Republicans Trying to Restrict Voting – Again

Ohio Republicans are poised to pass a new round of restrictive voting laws this week. The measures could limit access to the ballot in this year’s midterms and the 2016 presidential race and revive the long lines at the polls that plagued the Buckeye State in 2004. No Republican has ever won the White House […]

Ohio House to Take Up “Stand Your Ground” Tomorrow

House Bill 203 has passed out of the Policy & Legislative Oversight Committee. It will be voted on by the entire Ohio House of Representatives TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20. If it passes, it will then go to the Senate. Call your legislator (there’s no time to wait) and urge him or her to vote against House Bill 203. Click here to contact your […]

Meet Nina Turner, Candidate for Ohio Secretary of State

Meet Nina Turner. Nina was born in Cleveland, where she now lives with her husband and their son. For the past five years, Nina has represented the 25th district in the Ohio Senate. Now, she’s running to become Ohio’s next Secretary of State. The bedrock of her campaign is simple: to make elections in Ohio […]

Ohio Senate Wants to Drug Test Welfare Recipients

A pilot program that would tie welfare benefits to drug tests is making its way through the Ohio Senate, amid criticism that the state constitution bars the move. Great. This program worked so well in Florida that it’ll be bound to work here, too. The Senate Finance Committee set a Tuesday vote on a provision […]

House to Vote on Bill to Cut Early Voting

Last month, Republicans in the Ohio State Senate pushed through SB 295, a bill that amounts to a “sneak attack” on Ohio’s voting rights. Now the state legislature is back in session, and the House is poised to vote on SB 295 any day. If SB 295 passes, Ohio will lose the last three days […]

Ohio House and Senate Take Up Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying has Ohio legislatures and local school officials scrambling for a solution. The Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate have bullying legislation in their education committees calling for schools to offer a policy against cyberbullying, which the House bill defines as “harassment, intimidation, or bullying by electronic means.” The legislation extends control to public […]

Ohio Dems Sue Unconstitutional New Legislative Map

Statehouse Democrats filed a lawsuit Wednesday charging that Republicans violated the Ohio Constitution last year when they drew new Ohio legislative districts. Republicans labeled the charges ridiculous and said the map passes constitutional muster. The Democrats are asking Ohio Supreme Court to reject the map passed by the state Apportionment Board on September 28 and […]

Cleveland Sues to Keep Its Trans Fat Ban

  Cleveland has a message for Ohio legislators: We have the right to make laws on what we prohibit inside our borders, not you.   Last April, Cleveland City Council passed a law to ban restaurants from using cooking oils containing trans fats, as part of its Healthy Cleveland initiative.   In June, the Ohio […]

“Heartbeat” Bill Put on Hold

The bill imposing the most stringent abortion limit in the nation has been put on hold after backers asked for a pile of last-minute language changes. The leader of the Ohio Senate said today he was suspending hearings on the bill, which would ban abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat. “These eleventh hour revisions […]

Is Kasich Worth $148,165?

Governor Kasich earns $148,165 a year, $10,000 more than what his predecessor, Democrat Ted Strickland earned, and he is eligible to receive automatic 3% “step increases.” Gov. Kasich’s twenty-seven cabinet members earn an average pay of more than $131,000. At least twenty-two of them receive an extra $6,000 annual car allowance. At least seven cabinet […]