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City Council Ward Proposal Untimely, Expensive, Opponents Say

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega City Council Ward Proposal Untimely, Expensive, Opponents Say

One Columbus is a group standing on the other side of the ward issue that has been put before the city. In opposition to creating district positions for council members, the group hopes to spread the ‘no’ vote for the August 2nd special election. Issue 1, headed and promoted by Represent Columbus, would change the […]

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Kasich Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Ballot Initiative Cancelled

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Kasich Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Ballot Initiative Cancelled

By the end of summer, people suffering from chronic and painful ailments will have access to marijuana for palliative treatment. Ohio is now the 26th state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Gov. John Kasich signed the bill into law last week, rendering a competing ballot measure somewhat irrelevant. Ohioans will be able to bring […]

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Kasich Signs Bill for Child Car Safety

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Kasich Signs Bill for Child Car Safety

There may be a lot more broken car windows come fall. Governor John Kasich recently signed a bill allowing good samaritans to break and enter a hot, locked vehicle if there is a child or animal inside. Senate bill, sponsored by Republican Senators Jim Hughes (Columbus) and Frank LaRose (Copley Township), requires any rescuer to […]

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Voters to Decide on Columbus City Council Ward Proposal

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Voters to Decide on Columbus City Council Ward Proposal

Columbus residents will vote on August 2nd whether or not Columbus City Council needs to add six more members. Represent Columbus, a grass-roots group, leads this most recent attempt to change the Council Member election process from seven citywide positions. The goal is 13 members, with 10 coming from specific neighborhoods and three elected at-large. […]

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Local Leaders Debate Police Body Cameras

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Local Leaders Debate Police Body Cameras

Government transparency sits at ends with privacy as city officials and civil rights representatives discuss the specifics of police-worn body cameras. The discussion is still happening, and part of it took place at a forum hosted by the Columbus Metropolitan Club at the Boat House on Wednesday. George Speaks, Columbus Director of Public Safety, Andy […]

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North Market “Sip n Stroll” Legislation Passes Ohio Legislature

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega North Market “Sip n Stroll” Legislation Passes Ohio Legislature

Business opportunities are expanding for the vendors of North Market after legislation passed permitting market-goers to “sip n stroll” with their purchased alcohol. House bill 37, first considered in September of 2014, was approved by the Ohio General Assembly Wednesday. Co-sponsors of the bill, Columbus City Councilmember and former representative, Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus) and Rep. […]

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Chamber’s Government Day Considers Education, Transportation

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Chamber’s Government Day Considers Education, Transportation

Friday was a day of political engagement as the Columbus Chamber of Commerce put on their 11th annual Government Day. Local and state party leaders, political strategists and local business owners discussed many of the main challenges Columbus is presently facing — from lack of faith in the school system to shortcomings in public transportation […]

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