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New Abortion Ban Introduced in Ohio House

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal New Abortion Ban Introduced in Ohio House

By Susan Tebben A new abortion ban is being introduced in the Ohio House, this time aiming at total prohibition of abortions statewide. Dubbed the “Human Life Protection Act” by sponsor state Rep. John Becker, the bill would take effect if the federal case that legalized abortion in the nation, Roe v. Wade, is overturned. If […]

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Could Marijuana Be Made Legal in Ohio Next Year?

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Could Marijuana Be Made Legal in Ohio Next Year?

By Tyler Buchanan Will marijuana become fully legalized in Ohio next year? That’s the hope of a group behind the proposed “Amendment to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.” The group recently submitted initial paperwork to the Ohio Attorney General office for this constitutional amendment to appear on the 2020 General Election ballot in November.  The amendment, if […]

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New “Inspector General” Positions Could Root Out Corruption in Ohio County Governments

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal New “Inspector General” Positions Could Root Out Corruption in Ohio County Governments

By Tyler Buchanan Lawmakers are considering a plan to establish a county inspector general system in Ohio, with the hopes of rooting out corruption, theft and other administrative problems in local governments.  Ohio currently has a state inspector general’s office, which conducts investigations of state entities. House Bill 311, sponsored by Rep. Dave Greenspan, R-Westlake, would […]

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Telemedicine Bill Could Strip Healthcare From Underserved Ohioans

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Telemedicine Bill Could Strip Healthcare From Underserved Ohioans

By Susan Tebben Leaders of Ohio’s Planned Parenthoods say a bill to limit abortion-related telemedicine is not only unconstitutional, but cuts off access to safe health care for Ohioans who need it most. Senate Bill 260 is set for a hearing and possible vote on Wednesday, to prevent the use of telemedicine as a way to prescribe […]

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Women Hold Less Than 30 Percent of County Offices Throughout Ohio

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Women Hold Less Than 30 Percent of County Offices Throughout Ohio

By Tyler Buchanan There are more county sheriffs in Ohio named Scott than there are sheriffs that are women. There are also as many Johns serving as county engineer as are women. Across Ohio’s 88 counties, there is a striking disparity between the number of men and women serving in elected office.  In sum, women make […]

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Ohio’s Problematic Track Record on LGBTQ+ Rights

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio’s Problematic Track Record on LGBTQ+ Rights

By Jocelyn Rosnick When most of us are little, we learn about the “Golden Rule.” This is the basic principle that you should treat others the way you’d like to be treated. This maxim is taught across different religions and cultures, and usually, it’s used to help children learn about empathy. Unfortunately, Ohio’s children are learning […]

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Ohio Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to “Using Guns While Drunk” Law

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to “Using Guns While Drunk” Law

By Jake Zuckerman The Ohio Supreme Court will test the old adage that guns and alcohol don’t mix. The justices are scheduled to hear oral arguments this week, centered on a Clermont County man challenging the constitutionality of a state law prohibiting the use of firearms while under the influence of alcohol. In a show of […]

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