- Ohio Senate president won't seek Boehner's House seat Updated: Oct-08-15 3:02 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Republican leader of the Ohio Senate says he won't join the race for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur), but he's keeping his options open for a statewide bid.
- Report: Lawmakers undermine efforts to lower prison numbers Updated: Oct-07-15 5:52 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio lawmakers are undermining attempts to reduce the state's prison population by continuing to introduce tough-on-crime bills that have the opposite effect, policy groups on the left and the right said Wednesday.
- Ohio lawmakers OK bill overhauling charter school oversight Updated: Oct-07-15 5:28 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - After years of emotional public debate, Ohio lawmakers passed an overhaul of the embattled charter-school system with new performance, accountability and reporting requirements, which supporters say should assure federal officials that millions of dollars in charter funding headed to the state will be wisely spent.
- Ohio Senate passes bill to expand treatment for STDs Updated: Oct-07-15 3:51 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio bill that seeks to expand access to treatment for certain sexually transmitted diseases has cleared the state Senate.
- Bill provides confidential address for violence victims Updated: Oct-07-15 1:38 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Victims of domestic violence, stalking and other crimes could have their address shielded from use by government agencies under proposed Ohio legislation.
- Bill streamlines licensing of security guards, investigators Updated: Oct-07-15 3:46 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Security guards and private investigators would receive a single identification card they could take from job to job under a bill before Ohio lawmakers.
- Ohio bill would spare severely mentally ill from execution Updated: Oct-07-15 3:33 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A person judged to suffer from severe mental illness at the time of a killing that could result in a death sentence would be spared from capital punishment under a bill before Ohio lawmakers.
- House considers tougher prison terms for Ohio gun crimes Updated: Oct-06-15 5:41 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohioans who repeatedly use guns to commit crimes would face tougher penalties under a proposal a House committee is hearing.
- Ohio House panel begins review of 2 abortion-related bills Updated: Oct-06-15 3:16 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio House committee is reviewing bills to restrict Planned Parenthood money and ban abortions after 20 weeks' gestation.
- Northeast Ohio counties are deer crash 'hot spots' Updated: Oct-03-15 7:01 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Motorists in Stark and Lorain counties in northeast Ohio might want to be extra vigilant now that it's the season for deer to become more active.
- News Guide: Ohioans to decide how to redraw political maps Updated: Oct-03-15 2:05 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A fall ballot proposal seeks to overhaul how Ohio draws its legislative districts after state lawmakers struck a bipartisan deal to change the process.
- Authorities: 1 dead in fatal farm vehicle crash Updated: Oct-02-15 3:28 am
MONTPELIER, Ohio - Authorities say a 28-year-old man is dead after his car crashed into a farm vehicle in northwest Ohio.
- Correction: Criminal Records-Hiring story Updated: Oct-01-15 5:36 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - In a story Sept. 30 about criminal background checks, The Associated Press erroneously reported details of a bill approved by the Ohio House. The bill would prohibit a public employer from asking about an applicant's criminal history on an application, not prohibit public employers from inquiring about an applicant's criminal history until the person has been selected for the position and an offer is about to be made. The bill also would not require public employers to consider several factors before rejecting applicants because of their criminal histories.
- Ohio report on fracking tax misses deadline, work continues Updated: Oct-01-15 12:49 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A group studying Ohio's oil-and-gas severance tax will miss a state budget-imposed deadline for releasing its report even after the state Senate president initially called it a "hard deadline" and told reporters it was likely coming this week.
- Ohio high court accepts condemned killer's DNA test appeal Updated: Oct-01-15 11:41 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal involving a death row inmate who sought DNA testing on a cigarette butt found near the scene of the 1990 double murder that led to his sentence.
- Ohio bill would let schools, camps stock asthma inhalers Updated: Oct-01-15 6:45 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio bill would let schools and camps keep a supply of asthma inhalers not prescribed to specific patients in case of emergencies.
- Panel seeks to extend freeze on Ohio green energy targets Updated: Sep-30-15 5:19 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Government requirements for the use of solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy by Ohio power companies would be suspended indefinitely under recommendations released Wednesday by a legislative panel.
- Ohio lawmakers debate fix on small business tax in budget Updated: Sep-30-15 11:07 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio lawmakers are continuing to work on a fix to a budget provision that imposes an unintended tax increase on some small businesses.
- Bill would let Ohioans with drug convictions keep license Updated: Sep-30-15 3:46 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Senate is beginning consideration of a bill that would give judges the option of suspending a driver's license for someone convicted of a drug charge instead of the suspension being mandatory.
- Ohio GOP legislator to seek Speaker Boehner's House seat Updated: Sep-29-15 1:06 pm
TIPP CITY, Ohio - A western Ohio Republican state legislator says he's running for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur).
- Ohio Senate considers statewide ride-sharing regulations Updated: Sep-29-15 12:27 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Senate is considering a bill that would create one set of statewide regulations for ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.
- Correction: Lawmaker-Burglary Case story Updated: Sep-29-15 11:45 am
PORT CLINTON, Ohio - In a story Sept. 28 about the appointment of a new lawmaker, The Associated Press erroneously reported who made the decision. It was Republicans in the Ohio House, not the U.S. House.
- Bill would make it harder for government to seize assets Updated: Sep-29-15 11:20 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A newly proposed bill would make it harder for Ohio authorities to seize assets like cash or vehicles if the owners aren't involved in criminal activity.
- I-75 south overnight shutdowns planned in southwest Ohio Updated: Sep-29-15 11:18 am
CINCINNATI - Overnight shutdowns of southbound Interstate 75 near downtown Cincinnati are planned this week for ongoing construction work.
- Boehner's decision to leave the House surprises constituents Updated: Sep-26-15 2:54 am
WEST CHESTER, Ohio - People in the Ohio district that House Speaker John Boehner has represented for decades are stunned by his decision to step down, nearly 35 years after he first won election there as township trustee.