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Ohio Democrats Target State’s Wage Gap with ‘Equal Pay Act’

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Democrats Target State’s Wage Gap with ‘Equal Pay Act’

By Tyler Buchanan Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation seeking to close the wage gap in Ohio and ensure that women earn as much as men in the workforce. State Reps. Stephanie Howse of Cleveland and Jessica Miranda of Forest Park recently sponsored the “Ohio Equal Pay Act,” which sets new requirements for public employers as well […]

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DeWine on Override of Pandemic Authority Bill: ‘This is Not the Only Crisis We Will Face’

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal DeWine on Override of Pandemic Authority Bill: ‘This is Not the Only Crisis We Will Face’

By Tyler Buchanan When lawmakers started debating a bill to give themselves power to strike down public health orders, Gov. Mike DeWine expressed hope they would ultimately reject the proposal. When lawmakers passed the bill, DeWine said he would veto it and expressed hope they would choose against overriding him. Less than 24 hours after issuing […]

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House Republicans Seek to Expand Concealed-Carry After Recent Surge in Gun Violence

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal House Republicans Seek to Expand Concealed-Carry After Recent Surge in Gun Violence

By Jake Zuckerman After a spate of seven mass shootings around the U.S. in seven days, Ohio House Republicans introduced legislation that would allow Ohioans aged 21 and older to carry a concealed weapon without a license. House Bill 227, introduced Tuesday by Republican Reps. Thomas Brinkman and Kris Jordan and co-sponsored by 20 more, also […]

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Lawmakers Propose Restoration of Transportation Funding to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Lawmakers Propose Restoration of Transportation Funding to Pre-Pandemic Levels

By Tyler Buchanan Some want to see lowering of electric vehicle fees It’s been something of a wild ride for public transportation funding during the budget negotiation process thus far in 2021, but advocates are pleased with the direction things are headed. Gov. Mike DeWine called for a significant decrease in spending on public transportation in […]

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No Arrests at Clashing Protests at Ohio Statehouse

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal No Arrests at Clashing Protests at Ohio Statehouse

By Jake Zuckerman A pugilistic day of political demonstrations that included two brawls between far-right demonstrators insisting the presidential election was stolen and Black Lives Matter activists ended with no arrests Wednesday. At least two rounds of fisticuffed rumbles with an array of participants broke out at different points through the afternoon along with some more […]

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House Passes ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill, Expanding Right to Shoot to Kill in Self-Defense

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal House Passes ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill, Expanding Right to Shoot to Kill in Self-Defense

By Jake Zuckerman The Ohio House passed legislation late Thursday evening that removes a legal requirement that people try to retreat from a confrontation before shooting to kill in perceived self-defense. The legislation, commonly referred to as “stand your ground,” passed in a 52-31 vote around 11:30 p.m. If passed into law, it rescinds what’s known […]

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Ohio House Passes Bipartisan School Funding Overhaul

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio House Passes Bipartisan School Funding Overhaul

By Susan Tebben In what legislators called a double-decade effort, a public school funding formula model passed the Ohio House with bipartisan support. The bill passed overwhelmingly, with a vote of 84-8. State Rep. John Patterson, D-Jefferson, brought the measure to the floor, just as he and now-House Speaker Bob Cupp brought the measure up the first […]

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