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It will be a short but busy week at the Ohio Statehouse, with continued hearings on bills to legislate the right to marry, the possible loosening of protections against workplace discrimination and strengthening of Ohio's laws about dating violence.
It looks to be a busy week at the Ohio Statehouse, with continued hearings on the state budget (see our coverage of that here) while committees work to advance a range of important–and in some cases, dangerous—legislation.
Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger recently announced the leaders for the House’s 21 standing committees. Female representatives will head just two. Given that in the last session of the general assembly, there were 31 bills brought to the House on issues that affect women, they are notably underrepresented.
With HHS Director nominee Tom Price's hearing scheduled for today, Innovation Ohio is calling for a delay in the hearing until the U.S. Senate holds a proper investigation into Price's misconduct in response to the new reports that the Georgia Congressman "traded more than $300,000 in shares of health-related companies over the past four years while sponsoring and advocating legislation that potentially could affect those companies' stocks."
During President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address on Tuesday evening, he highlighted one of the most important pillars of our American democracy: civic engagement. He spoke of the need for citizens to take part in the democratic process by engaging in real, substantive conversations about issues with those that may disagree with us, participating in organizing […]
Last week, Ohio legislators demanded that President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, repay an historically massive Ohio Elections Commission fine her advocacy group had levied against it in 2008. The OEC, which is made up of equal parts Republicans and Democrats, voted unanimously in 2008 to fine All Children Matter […]
Overview Senate Bill 329, a little-noticed bill rushed through the recent lame duck session, could have disastrous consequences if allowed to become law. Without a veto from Governor Kasich, SB 329 would effectively allow for the dissolution of state government departments, potentially throwing thousands out of work and open the door to privatization, while threatening the effective […]
in last week's Lame Duck flurry of activity, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 3, a so-called "Education Deregulation" bill, which contains several interesting provisions impacting public and charter schools. We review the major components of the measure on our blog.