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Marijuana Reform Measure Highlights Struggle Between Large, Small Growers

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Marijuana Reform Measure Highlights Struggle Between Large, Small Growers

BY: NICK EVANS A Senate measure that would expand significantly the state’s medical marijuana system for businesses and patients got its second committee hearing Tuesday. The proposal is beginning to move as a different and more expansive recreational measure gathers signatures for next year’s ballot. It’s been five years since state lawmakers approved Ohio’s current medical […]

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Ohio House Passes Bill Creating Electric Vehicle Commission

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio House Passes Bill Creating Electric Vehicle Commission

BY: NICK EVANS The Ohio House has approved legislation that would set up an Electric Vehicle Commission to help advise state lawmakers on policy while also providing tax breaks for EV manufacturers. Those tax incentives run through the end of 2026 and apply to components like batteries specifically designed for EVs. But legislative analysts raised questions […]

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Recreational Marijuana Proposal Nearing Enough Signatures to Force Lawmakers’ Hands, Organizer Says

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Recreational Marijuana Proposal Nearing Enough Signatures to Force Lawmakers’ Hands, Organizer Says

BY: JAKE ZUCKERMAN A direct-democracy attempt to force the state legislature to act on recreational marijuana will have enough signatures by the month’s end to set a plan in motion, an organizer projected Friday. Ohio attorney Thomas Haren, a representative of the “Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol,” said he expects that enough signatures will be […]

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Economists Slam Stadium Construction for Economic Development

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Economists Slam Stadium Construction for Economic Development

BY: MARTY SCHLADEN Most major American cities have likely been through some version of this: A sports team is promising to come or threatening to leave and the key is construction of a new stadium. And while the teams’ owners usually are millionaires or even billionaires, they demand big subsidies from taxpayers to complete the project. […]

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Gov. DeWine Signs Ohio Congressional Map with Huge GOP Advantage

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Gov. DeWine Signs Ohio Congressional Map with Huge GOP Advantage

BY: DAVID DEWITT Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has signed Statehouse Republicans’ congressional map for Ohio giving the GOP a substantial advantage, claiming that of all the maps presented it “makes the most progress to produce a fair, compact and competitive map.” DeWine pointed to fewer county splits in the map and the number of Ohio cities […]

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Dem Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Whaley Pledges Universal Pre-K if Elected

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Dem Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Whaley Pledges Universal Pre-K if Elected

BY: NICK EVANS Democrat Nan Whaley is promising to take the universal preschool plan approved by Dayton voters in 2016 statewide if she’s elected governor. The Dayton mayor made a campaign stop Friday in Columbus emphasizing the importance of early childhood education alongside U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-OH. Universal pre-K is one of the provisions included […]

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Ohio House Committee Passes Bill Boosting Penalties for Protests that Become ‘Riots’

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio House Committee Passes Bill Boosting Penalties for Protests that Become ‘Riots’

“It’s trying to chill out any protest that they don’t like.” BY: JAKE ZUCKERMAN An Ohio House committee passed legislation Wednesday that would amplify criminal penalties against people who attend protests that devolve into what the law considers a “riot.” House Bill 109 is one of several pieces of legislation written in response to protests that formed […]

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