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Court Blocks Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Court Blocks Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio

A federal district court judge blocked an Ohio law Friday, which would have stripped state funds from Planned Parenthood and similar organizations that perform or promote non therapeutic abortions. Judge Michael R. Barrett of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio ruled that the action against Planned Parenthood would result in irreparable injury […]

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New Bills Address Disposal of Fetal Remains After Abortions

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega New Bills Address Disposal of Fetal Remains After Abortions

The start of the year came with two new bills placing restrictions around the abortion process for Ohio women. House Bills 417 and 419 come with mandates for the disposal of fetal remains, including a provision that a woman seeking an abortion must choose either cremation or burial. There is no option for donating the […]

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State Senate Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega State Senate Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

A bill that would essentially “defund” Ohio’s Planned Parenthood passed the Senate Wednesday with a 22-8 vote and two amendments. The earliest it can be on Gov. John Kasich’s desk is Feb. 9, after it goes back to the House for a concurrence. “All the Rs voted yes; all the Ds voted no,” said Senator […]

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Texting While Driving Ban May be Coming Soon to Ohio

Walker Evans Walker Evans Texting While Driving Ban May be Coming Soon to Ohio

Texting while under the influence of driving has been illegal within the City of Columbus (and a few other suburban cities) for over a year now, but soon there could be a statewide ban intended to crack down on this deadly activity. “Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving […]

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Texting While Driving Now Illegal in Columbus

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Last month, Columbus City Councilmember Andrew Ginther hosted multiple public hearings to discuss the issue of texting while driving. This evening, a city ordinance was passed unanimously by present members of City Council to make the practice illegal. The ordinance is worded to ban text messaging, checking or sending email, web surfing, social networking applications […]

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City Considers Revising Tow Truck Fee Limits

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An article in today’s Dispatch reveals that Columbus city officials are looking into revising the way that local towing fee restrictions are handled. It sounds like there is a bit of a loose guideline as to whether or not local companies are expected to follow city fee limits or state fee limits. Currently, state laws […]

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Three-Foot Passing Bill Introduced in Ohio

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From ConsiderBiking.org: 3-Foot Passing Bill Introduced By Jeff Stephens Ohio is on its way to to joining 15 other states that have a three-foot passing law. Senator Teresa Fedor of Toledo introduced Ohio Senate Bill 174 on Monday, September 28.  It looks like we’ve found a much-needed champion for cycling-specific causes in the Statehouse. Hurray! […]

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