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There is still time to register to vote in Ohio’s primary election. Here is how.

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal There is still time to register to vote in Ohio’s primary election. Here is how.

By Tyler Buchanan The primary election is approaching in Ohio, and there is still time to register to vote in that election. Voters who are already registered also have a short time left to update their addresses ahead of the March 17 primary. The deadline to register and to update registrations is Tuesday, Feb. 18. How to […]

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Ohio Bill Proposes $1,000 Tax Credit for Family Caregivers

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Bill Proposes $1,000 Tax Credit for Family Caregivers

By Jake Zuckerman Two lawmakers proposed legislation last Tuesday that could grant a $1,000 tax credit to reimburse expenses for Ohioans acting as caregivers for family members. Speaking to the House Ways and Means committee, Democratic state Reps. Allison Russo and Janine Boyd pitched their bill, which would allow these caregivers to claim a credit for […]

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It’s Time to Pass the Ohio Fairness Act

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal It’s Time to Pass the Ohio Fairness Act

By David C. DeWitt Every General Assembly for many years now, the Ohio Fairness Act is introduced, and every General Assembly it fails to become law. The Ohio Fairness Act would make sexual orientation and gender identity or expression part of the civil rights law’s “covered characteristics” for which discrimination is prohibited. Under current law, covered characteristics include […]

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Proposal to Cut Prescription Costs in Ohio

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Proposal to Cut Prescription Costs in Ohio

By David C. DeWitt State Reps. Thomas E. West, D-Canton, and Susan Manchester, R-Waynesfield, unveiled legislation last week they say would cut out-of-pocket prescription costs for patients. Patients with chronic, complex conditions such as multiple sclerosis and hemophilia rely on copay assistance programs through organizations like drug manufacturers, charities, and churches to help cover the costs […]

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Who Benefits from Ohio’s Minimum Wage Increase?

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Who Benefits from Ohio’s Minimum Wage Increase?

By Tyler Buchanan One-thousand, two-hundred and ninety-nine years.  The how long it would take for someone making Ohio’s minimum wage to earn the same amount as the state’s highest-earning CEO made in just the Fiscal Year 2018.  TransDigm CEO Kevin Stein earned $23.5 million in FY 2018. An Ohioan earning the minimum wage of $8.70 per hour would […]

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Ohio May Raise Gun Ownership Age from 18 to 21

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio May Raise Gun Ownership Age from 18 to 21

By Susan Tebben A bill with bipartisan sponsorship making its way through the Ohio legislature aims to raise the age for gun ownership from 18 to 21. Senate Bill 182 would also increase the maximum amount of prison time and fines attached to the charge of “improperly furnishing a firearm to an underage person.” Under the proposed […]

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Report: Ohio Lags in Traffic Safety Laws

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Report: Ohio Lags in Traffic Safety Laws

By Susan Tebben As Ohio looks at more potential distracted driving legislation, a new study says the state needs to do more to help protect drivers.  The policy alliance Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety released a nationwide report on the state of safety laws in each state, and came up with recommendations for laws that need to […]

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