Ohio News

For seven years, Ohio lawmakers have been cutting down on gun regulation. But while there are 22 gun-related bills pending in the legislature right now, lawmakers have recently pumped the brakes on passing the most controversial ones. Gov. John Kasich has recently turned around on gun control measures, proposing a package of six bills he calls “reasonable”. That has gun rights supporters voicing their frustration.

During his final State of the State address, Gov. John Kasich said Ohio is the strongest it’s been in a generation. But a coalition of unions and health and human services organizations say they think they have the data to prove that’s not true.

President Donald Trump has found an unlikely supporter in his contentious effort to raise tariffs on imported steel - that supporter is Ohio’s top ranking Democrat. 

The state’s jobless rate has fallen to 4.7 percent, its lowest level since last March.

House Republicans are defending the proposal that would merge several departments into one large education agency which would report directly to the governor. Elected local school boards are sounding off on how it would change the state board of education.

Ohio’s child support system hasn’t been updated since 1992. Some Ohio lawmakers say it’s high time to do that.

The four major candidates in the Democratic primary for governor met for their first debate of the year last night at a high school in Toledo – and it was the first meeting for this group of contenders. And the event got heated a few times.

Gov. John Kasich gave his final State of the State speech, at Otterbein University in his hometown of Westerville. And while he shuffled from one thought to the next, he didn’t discuss policies for the state.

The Statehouse was packed with people to testify against a proposed overhaul to the education system. The plan would hand the reins of the education department over to the governor. The latest committee hearing attracted opponents from several angles.

Some state lawmakers are backing a new bill to reform sexual harassment training standards for themselves and their colleagues. But the bill is missing something critical for it to pass.

The issue of guns and gun violence has energized some Republicans such as Gov. John Kasich. But it’s sparked real interest among Democrats, whose views on guns can run the gamut. And the issue is becoming a huge one for the four major candidates in the Democratic race for governor, who will meet in their first debate together on Wednesday.

Though an estimated 11 Ohioans a day are dying from fatal opioid-related overdoses, fewer opioid pills are being prescribed to patients in Ohio. 

Gov. John Kasich is preparing to deliver his final State of the State address in his hometown of Westerville. The governor’s speech is expected to cover more than just policy for his last year in office.

A citizens group is trying to put an issue on the ballot that would cap the interest rates of payday loans at 28% without any loopholes. The ballot measure is a reaction to lawmakers not taking any action on a pending bill. House leaders say they’re ready to move forward with that bill.

Corporations are seeing big savings as the effects of the large federal tax cut take place. Now state energy regulators want to see if Ohio’s major utilities are going to pass those savings on to the ratepayers.