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Senate Republican seeks to Restrict SNAP and Medicaid Eligibility in Ohio

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Senate Republican seeks to Restrict SNAP and Medicaid Eligibility in Ohio

By Jake Zuckerman A Senate Republican from Lancaster is seeking to restrict eligibility requirements on poor Ohioans seeking government assistance paying for groceries and health care. The proposed legislation comes during a pandemic that has killed about 450,000 Americans. Nearly 1 in 10 households said during a survey last month that they often or sometimes don’t have enough […]

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Senate Committee Passes Gun Dealer Protection, Resolution Against Police Defunding

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Senate Committee Passes Gun Dealer Protection, Resolution Against Police Defunding

By Susan Tebben A bill sponsored by Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof to bar public officials from closing down licensed firearm dealers passed through committee on Tuesday, but not without questions on the priorities of the legislature. The bill, which bans elected officials from closing down federally-licensed firearm dealers as part of an emergency such as […]

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Statehouse Roundup: Abortion Regulations, Celebrating Women’s Suffrage and more

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Statehouse Roundup: Abortion Regulations, Celebrating Women’s Suffrage and more

The Ohio Statehouse is making moves on several pieces of legislation that will affect everything from school funding to abortion access. Keep tabs on your state government and read on to learn more: SB 4 — Make capital appropriations for school facilities assistance Due to the number of districts that have passed local bond levies […]

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Ohio Legislature Fails to Override Veto of Heartbeat Bill

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ohio Legislature Fails to Override Veto of Heartbeat Bill

On Thursday, the Ohio legislature tried and failed to override Governor John Kasich’s veto of HB 258, or the “Heartbeat Bill.” Kasich vetoed the bill, a ban on abortions after six weeks, on Saturday, Dec. 22. The Ohio House voted 60-28 to override the veto on Thursday morning. It then went directly to the Senate, […]

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Opinion: In Ohio, Motherhood is Both Mandatory and Punished

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Opinion: In Ohio, Motherhood is Both Mandatory and Punished

Remember in Halloween, when Jamie Lee Curtis uses a shotgun on Michael Myers, stabs him, and lights him on fire, only for him to rise to his feet and resume killing? I don’t know, for some reason that came to mind when I heard that Ohio legislators had, again, passed the Heartbeat Bill. You’ve heard […]

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The Confluence Cast: The Matriots

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: The Matriots

Elected officials should reflect their constituencies. That’s the essential thesis of the Matriots, an Ohio nonpartisan political action committee founded by a group of women who participated in the Women’s March on Washington. I sat down with their executive director, Elissa Schneider, to talk about the organization and their big hairy audacious goal of equal […]

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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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