Bill To Shut Down Internet Cafés Sweeps Through Ohio House

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Some state lawmakers want to put more regulation on internet cafes, or sweepstakes cafes, like this one on Alum Creek Drive. Cafe operators say they pay sales tax and the industry employs thousands of workers.
6:21PM
March
13, 2013

The Ohio House of Representatives has passed a bill that aims to shut down the stores as illegal gambling operations.

Budget, Tax Plan Remain The Focus For State Lawmakers

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8:57AM
March
11, 2013

Ohio Governor John Kasich’s proposals for a new state budget and the biggest tax changes in four decades are in the spotlight again this week as state legislators continue committee hearings.

GOP Legislators Move To Penalize Insurers Taking Fed. Subsidies

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8:31AM
March 7, 2013

Some Republican state lawmakers want to suspend the licenses of any Ohio insurers receiving subsidies under the Affordable Cafe Act.

Internet Café Owners Fight Proposed Regulations

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Some state lawmakers want to put more regulation on internet cafes, or sweepstakes cafes, like this one on Alum Creek Drive. Cafe operators say they pay sales tax and the industry employs thousands of workers.
7:28AM
March
6, 2013

Owners, employees, and other backers of some of Ohio’s 800 internet cafes and sweepstakes stores defended their industry before state lawmakers on Tuesday.

Absent From Ohio Ballot, Medical Marijuana Debate Continues

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Even with lack of ballot issue, debate continues in Ohio on pros and cons of legalizing medical marijuana
3:33PM
February 27, 2013

For more than a decade, backers of a plan to legalize medical marijuana have tried unsuccessfully to convince Ohio legislators to okay the idea. Meanwhile, for more than a year, two different groups have tried unsuccessfully to collect enough petition signatures to force a statewide vote on the idea. Despite those failures by the pro-pot side…opponents of medical marijuana are feeling a need to speak out.

Medicaid Creates Rift Between Kasich, Tea Party Groups

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Gov. John Kasich has repeatedly defended his decision to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid. Farther-right organizations like the Ohio Liberty Coalition oppose the expansion of government-funded health care.
8:14AM
February 22, 2013

Ohio Governor John Kasich is one of the nation’s most conservative governors. The Tea Party Movement also proudly proclaims conservative principles. But the two are at odds over the governor’s proposal to expand Medicaid to an extra 275,000 low-income Ohio adults.

Continued Debate On Budget Brings Same Agruments

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8:17AM
February
12, 2013

Statehouse Democrats used a legislative hearing to argue against the two-year budget proposed by Governor John Kasich.

Busy Week Ahead For Ohio Lawmakers

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Several Statehouse committees will begin work on Gov. Kasich's proposed budget, ideas for curbing school violence, and the attendance-keeping practices in Ohio school districts.
7:23AM
February
11, 2013

Several Statehouse committees will begin work on Gov. Kasich’s proposed budget, ideas for curbing school violence, and the attendance-keeping practices in Ohio school districts.

Gun Rights Supporters Rally Outside Statehouse

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More than 100 pro-gun activists rallied outside the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus Friday morning.
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February
8, 2013

More than 100 Ohio gun owners rallied at the Ohio Statehouse Friday.