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Feb 23, 2017 10:30 AM

Ohio Senate OKs sales tax holiday for third consecutive year 

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate made quick work of legislation extending for a third year a sales tax holiday on back-to-school purchases, passing it Wednesday, a week after the bill’s first committee hearing.

Feb 20, 2017 3:11 PM

Three-day sales tax holiday on back to school products may return in August

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate launched hearings Wednesday on legislation that would extend, for a third consecutive year, a three-day sales tax holiday on back-to-school purchases.Sen.

Clyde pitches automatic voter resgistration
Feb 10, 2017 12:28 PM

Clyde pitches automatic voter resgistration

COLUMBUS — Ohioans would be automatically registered to vote unless they opt out of the process, under legislation being introduced by a Democratic state lawmaker. Rep.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Feb 9, 2017 1:02 PM

LaRose sponsors bill to increase penalties for illegal Fentanyl sales

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Se­nate has re­launched con­sid­er­a­tion of leg­is­la­tion that would in­crease penal­ties for the pos­ses­sion and sale of a pow­er­ful opi­oid that’s be­ing added to heroin and lead­ing to more over­dose deaths in the state.

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Feb 2, 2017 11:55 AM

Area lawmakers named to House, Senate panels

COLUMBUS — Area lawmakers were named late last month week to leadership posts on legislative panels in the Ohio House and Senate. Committee assignments announced Jan. 30 and 31 included: • Sen.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Oct 24, 2016 1:43 PM

ODOT putting final touches on winter weather gear

According to ODOT, 26 snowplows covered 528 Summit County lane miles during last year's winter, putting down 10,016 tons of salt and 413,200 gallons of liquid deicer.

By Tim Troglen | Reporter
Oct 19, 2016 11:27 AM

Portman, Strickland hammer each other about Trump, Clinton at US Senate debate

The matchup between US Senate Incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic challenger Ted Strickland was the second of three planned debates; Portman and Strickland were scheduled to meet a last time Oct. 27 in Cleveland.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Oct 18, 2016 1:07 PM

Portman, Strickland hammer each other about Trump, Clinton at US Senate debate

The matchup between US Senate Incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic challenger Ted Strickland was the second of three planned debates; Portman and Strickland were scheduled to meet a last time Oct. 27 in Cleveland.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Oct 18, 2016 1:07 PM

Advocates urge Ohio lawmakers to protect, help domestic violence victims

Jo Simonsen, a director at the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, spoke in Columbus Oct. 4 during a program as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Oct 17, 2016 12:02 PM

Election preview: Judges O'Donnell, Fischer vie for seat on Ohio Supreme Court

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John P. O'Donnell faces First District Court of Appeals Judge Pat Fischer in one of two competitive races for the Ohio Supreme Court. The other features appeals court judges Cynthia Rice and Pat DeWine. Incumbent Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O'Connor is unopposed.

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Oct 14, 2016 1:12 PM

Kent State president unveils effort to improve graduation, retention rates

Kent State University is keeping to its word in making sure the correct tools are in place to achieve the highest student graduation rate possible.

By Andrew Bugel | Staff Writer
Oct 13, 2016 10:47 AM

PUCO approves $132 million rider rate hike for FirstEnergy, meaning higher monthly bills for

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio rejected a larger rider sought by the company, opting instead to allow $132.5 million annually, plus taxes, to be collected from customers over the next three years, with the possibility of a two-year extension.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Oct 7, 2016 3:14 PM

Ohio Supreme Court: Nude child photos don't have to be lewd to convict offender

Columbus — Recordings of nude children don’t have to be lewd in nature to lead to convictions, the state’s high court ruled Oct. 5.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Oct 5, 2016 12:12 PM

Advocates urge Ohio lawmakers to protect, help domestic violence victims

Jo Simonsen, a director at the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, spoke in Columbus Oct. 4 during a program as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Oct 4, 2016 10:27 AM

Trump moving ahead of Clinton in Ohio, according to latest poll

In a survey of 497 likely Ohio voters conducted in the days after the first presidential debate, 47 percent of respondents backed Trump, versus 42 percent who picked Clinton. Another 6 percent sided with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Oct 3, 2016 6:44 PM

Ohio Secretary of State says no attempted hacks into voter database

Columbus — Secretary of State Jon Husted reassured voters Sept. 29 that the state’s balloting system can’t be accessed online, and votes cast in the coming presidential election won’t be otherwise switched or discarded by hackers.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Oct 3, 2016 6:41 PM

Ohio Senate forwards bill to require review of state agencies

Columbus — Lawmakers would have to review and renew state departments or they would cease to operate, under legislation passed Sept. 28 on a split vote in the Ohio Senate that’s drawing concern from union and other groups.

By Marc Kovac -- Capital Bureau Chief
Sep 28, 2016 11:11 AM

Ohio Senate considers bill to give schools funds for security

SB 92 calls for $34 million to be allocated in both fiscal years of the current biennium, for use by schools working to improve their security.

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Sep 27, 2016 11:12 AM

Court: Ohio violated federal election law by purging voters

Columbus -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled Sept. 23 that the state violated federal election law with its method for removing people from the voter rolls, remanding the case for further consideration.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Sep 27, 2016 11:12 AM

U.S. Marshal's Service warns public of scam callers

Scam involves caller contacting members of the public and alleging they have an active federal arrest or bench warrant and demanding payment of fines. The Marshal's Service does not do this.