This mornings press clippings… from our friends at the Ohio House.
Charges pile up against Ohio municipal judge
A suburban Cleveland municipal judge indicted last year on bribery and prostitution-related charges is facing new charges of tampering with evidence and records in the case.
Libertarian governor candidate challenged in Ohio
Lawyers sparred Tuesday over whether a Libertarian gubernatorial candidate in Ohio is qualified for the May ballot, a dispute whose outcome could affect Republican Gov. John Kasich‘s re-election bid.
In this eNews: How much pizza you’d be able to buy with your tax cut; state policy can help our communities thrive; tax-dodging Ohio companies; inequality; tax cuts and weak growth; wrapping the community around our schools; Policy Matters is hiring a development manager.
On Thursday, March 13, Policy Matters Ohio is hosting two panel discussions at the City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Avenue. United Way of Greater Cleveland has partnered with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to develop wraparound strategies in 17 low-performing schools. Wrapping community support around academic environments has proven successful in other communities and it is the first time this innovative strategy has been implemented on a large scale in Cleveland.
What happens in Columbus can determine whether Ohio communities thrive or struggle. State policy can support local public services for safe, well-maintained neighborhoods, good schools and rising property values.
Ohio lawmakers pass new provisional ballot rules
Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill setting forth when provisional ballots are counted in the political swing state and what it takes to cast one.
Ohio calamity-day bill hits snag; debate continues
State lawmakers disagreed Wednesday over how many additional calamity days to give Ohio schools off this year because of the winter’s hazardous weather, and how districts can make up the ones they have already taken.
Ohio bill on religion, gay rights is withdrawn
COLUMBUS – This morning, State Rep. Bill Patmon agreed to join FreedomOhio’s effort to kill House Bill 376, otherwise known as the Ohio Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“I’m relieved to see Rep. Patmon working to stop this destructive and discriminatory piece of legislation,” said FreedomOhio co-founder and Executive Director Ian James. “Our state already has an unconstitutional marriage ban in place, depriving loving same-sex couple of the right to be legally married – the last thing we need is to further marginalize and attack LGBT Ohioans.
The Democratic candidate for governor called for an independent probe of a state agency’s plan to sell fracking in state parks to Ohioans while at the same time regulating the industry.
“Regulatory government agencies should not be spearheading a public relations campaign for the industries they are supposed to regulate,” said Ed FitzGerald, executive of Cuyahoga County government, in a statement this morning. “I regret that such an investigation is necessary, but, unfortunately, it is clear that the governor’s office cannot police itself.”
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Ohio elections chief sets 2014 voting hours, days
Ohio voters will get two Saturdays but no Sundays or evenings to cast early, in-person ballots during the statewide election this fall under a schedule set Tuesday by the state’s elections chief.
Ohio addresses sex assaults in youth prisons
Ohio officials plan to spend $200,000 for a consultant to help reduce inmate sexual assaults in the state’s youth prisons.
Ohio snowplows involved in 80 crashes this winter
Ohio snowplows have been involved in 80 crashes so far this winter, with other drivers ...
With the rise of the radical right here in the once moderate and sane State of Ohio, we have seen too many examples of extremism. Unions. Women’s health. Concealed carry and the introduction of an ersatz stand-your-ground-but-call-it-something-else bill. The Legislature seems to see Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas and Kansas as models of an Ohio Conservative Utopia.
With all the real issues facing Ohio, the House has a bill hanging around to defend religion. After all, Christians are persecuted by socialist, secular, hippie Liberals like myself.
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