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DeWine signs bill creating womens suffrage centennial commission

(April 24, 2019) — Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill into law today to create a suffrage centennial commission, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification, which gave women the right to vote.


Mike DeWine signs heartbeat abortion bill into Ohio law. ACLU promises lawsuit

(April 11, 2019) — Gov. Mike DeWine signed the “Heartbeat Bill” on Thursday, after eight years of the controversial measure falling short of becoming law. The action was met with applause and shouts of “thank you, governor!” by the crowd of about 30 proponents invited inside the governor’s ceremonial Statehouse office.


Ohio legislature passes Heartbeat Bill – now ready for Gov. DeWines signature

(April 10, 2019) — Despite scores of protesters both outside and inside the legislative chambers Wednesday, Ohio lawmakers approved what both sides are labeling the strictest abortion law in the nation.


Heartbeat bill passes House committee, heads to House floor despite protests

(April 9, 2019) — The GOP-controlled House is expected to approve the “Heartbeat Bill” Wednesday after weeks of testimony, dozens of proposed amendments and late changes to the controversial legislation.


In about face, testimony allowed on amended heartbeat abortion ban

(April 8, 2019) — In an about face, the Ohio House Health Committee allowed testimony Tuesday morning on the controversial “Heartbeat Bill,” which was amended through a substitute bill at last week’s hearing.


Senate passes bill asking women to decide on disposal of aborted fetal remains

(March 27, 2019) — The Ohio Senate approved new regulations Wednesday involving the disposal of aborted fetal remains, despite concerns that the measure is another swing at abortion rights.


Program helps Ohioans with disabilities train for jobs, get experience

(March 26, 2019) — Amid stacks of seasonal women’s shoes, Gov. Mike DeWine and participants in a job-facilitation program met Tuesday to discuss employment opportunities for disabled Ohioans.


Business leaders gather at Statehouse in support of anti-discrimination legislation

(March 21, 2019) — Business leaders and advocates from across Ohio gathered Thursday at the Statehouse to pledge support for legislation that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.


After favorable court ruling, state cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood

(March 21, 2019) — The state is cutting off Planned Parenthood’s funding from Ohio taxpayers.


Crime survivors lobby lawmakers for reform, more assistance

(March 20, 2019) — India Brown’s two children idolize their father. Her daughter, she says, described him as her best friend.


No LeBron, age discrimination, genocide: Heartbeat Bill backers get creative

(March 19, 2019) — Though arguments on the controversial “Heartbeat Bill,” which would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, have been thoroughly aired and robustly debated numerous times in Ohio legislative hearings, proponents of the bill offered creative testimony Tuesday during the bill’s debut in the House Health Committee.


Kasich agency designed to cut bureaucracy ends up backlogged instead

(March 17, 2019) — In 2011, then-Gov. John Kasich’s administration sought to make Ohio business-friendly by slashing state bureaucracy and streamlining business regulations.


Gay lawmakers bill to prohibit LGBTQ discrimination receives first hearing

(March 14, 2019) — A bill that would prohibit discrimination in Ohio on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity had its first hearing in front of a Senate panel Wednesday.


Heartbeat bill passes Ohio Senate, ready for expected House OK

(March 13, 2019) — By a six-vote margin, the controversial “Heartbeat Bill” passed the Ohio Senate on Wednesday, moving another step closer to becoming law after several attempts in recent years fell short.


Heartbeat Bill clears committee, ready for Ohio Senate vote Wednesday

(March 12, 2019) — A Senate panel voted the “heartbeat bill” out of committee Tuesday, pushing the controversial bill closer toward its likely enactment after weeks of contention and debate.


Coalition to DeWine: We cannot accept high levels of poverty…hunger as just acceptable

(March 4, 2019) — (March 4, 2019)
On the eve of Gov. Mike DeWine’s State of the State address, One Ohio Now called for legislative leaders to raise taxes and invest in Ohio’s future, highlighting key areas where the state doesn’t measure up from job growth to infant mortality.


Ohio human trafficking victims say what they really want is to be normal

(February 28, 2019) — When Hollie Daniels was 15 years old, she moved to Columbus to live with her mother.


Ohio getting ready to celebrate 100 years of women voting

(February 26, 2019) — The Ohio Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday to create a commission to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.


Dog breeder unhappy after getting state notices designed for puppy mills

(February 22, 2019) — Dog breeder Cathy Talik has been raising miniature schnauzers for more than 20 years.


Whats on the desks of Ohios top officials hint at their personalities

(February 15, 2019) — Whether it’s a black hole of useless papers or a vision from Marie Kondo’s Netflix show “Tidying Up,” your desk says something about you.