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Groups hoping to reform criminal sentencing law accuse legislators of being over-reliant on bills that create new penalties and extend sentences. 

A Democratic state representative who some saw as a possible candidate for higher office is leaving the legislature after just winning election to her second term.

All three of Ohio’s former living governors were at the Statehouse this week for an event for the Capitol Square Foundation, which, among other things, raises money for improvements to the Statehouse. Ohioans heard a lot from Gov. Ted Strickland when he ran for US Senate last year but former governors Richard Celeste and Bob Taft have kept lower profiles after leaving office. 

The Ohio House has overwhelmingly passed the state’s $7.8 billion transportation budget, which funds road projects and public safety around the state.

More candidates are coming forward to run next year, not just for governor but also other offices that will be on the ballot. And there’s now a race building for the state’s top elections chief in 2018.

A Democratic state senator from Youngstown has finally confirmed what he says he’s been considering for months – that he will run for governor in 2018. 

A new bill in the Ohio Legislature would change the way congressional districts are drawn. But its sponsor said his plan is different this time around.

Ohio’s two US Senators have high hopes for tonight’s address to a joint session of Congress by President Trump.

A bill to crack down on violence committed in dating relationships has passed the House  unanimously.

A state senator is proposing a bill that would give local government officials more control over what they pay construction workers on government projects. But critics say it will end up cutting wages for those workers.

One of the Democrats who is often mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018 says he won’t be throwing his hat in the ring. That decision may bring a flood of candidates forward.

While President Donald Trump claims that up to 5 million people illegally voted in last year’s election, Ohio’s top voting official has wrapped up his investigation on how many non-citizens have cast a ballot. 

A bill has been introduced in the Ohio Legislature that would require candidates for President and Vice President to disclose their tax returns in order to get on the statewide presidential ballot. 

700,000 Ohioans are enrolled in Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. And concerns about the repeal of the ACA brought Gov. John Kasich to Washington to meet with President Trump and other Republican governors this weekend.

A proposal in Gov. John Kasich's budget that requires teachers to get on-site workplace experience at a company in order to renew their licenses is getting pushback from several groups. And now there are signs it might not get too far.

Republican lawmakers are defending their choice not to attend public forums with their constituents. Noting the hostility, he’s seen at these so-called “town halls” around the country, U.S. Senator Rob Portman is calling for civility.

Gov. John Kasich is spending the weekend in Washington – meeting with President Trump today, and then participating in meetings with governors about changes to the Affordable Care Act. And whatever happens with the ACA has major implications to the state and hundreds of thousands of Ohioans.

Ohio House leaders held a first-ever news conference with their Republican counterparts from another Midwestern state, saying they’re teaming up to send a message to federal lawmakers.

Ohioans would still have to have front license plates when driving, unlike drivers in Kentucky and Indiana. But a proposal in the state transportation budget would allow them to escape being cited if they’re parked.

The field of Republicans eyeing a possible run for governor is getting pretty crowded. Three statewide officials have already started raising money. Now a lesser known candidate who might appeal more to the far-right is considering a run.

Constituents around the country are packing public forums with their members of Congress to air their grievances with the federal government. These town halls have set the stage for disruptive protesting and many Republican leaders in Ohio have opted to ditch an appearance all together. There's one conservative member of Congress who says he’ll take another approach.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers are calling for a plan that they think will help reduce Ohio’s busting prison population. 

Gov. John Kasich heads to Washington D.C. later this week to meet with President Trump. And one of the things they are likely to talk about is what will become of the Medicaid expansion part of the Affordable Care Act. 

Gov. John Kasich’s budget includes a plan that would have businesses file a specific tax through the state, instead of through the municipality where they’re located. The state says it will save money, but communities say it’ll do just the opposite.

Since taking over as governor, John Kasich has been calling for different agencies to, as he puts it, move at the speed of business. In his latest budget proposal, Kasich has shifted that mindset into the education field, trying to align classrooms with the business community. But teachers unions are not happy with the path Kasich is taking.

A group that wants to put a proposed constitutional amendment to help crime victims on the statewide ballot this fall is forging ahead with its effort. 

As a federal court fight continues over the state’s new proposed method of lethal injection, a freshman state lawmaker is proposing expanding the death penalty in Ohio.

Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget includes a change in the way a portion of the state’s local government fund is distributed to communities. But the leaders of some of Ohio’s biggest cities and a group that represents communities across the state are fuming over that formula.

Some Ohio lawmakers are pushing a bill that they say would save consumers, and in particular women, about $4 million a year. 

A book released on Valentine’s Day is a bit of a bittersweet love letter from its author to its subject – his hometown. And the story it tells has been heard in towns all over Ohio and across the country.

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