COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Republican lawmakers want to increase the minimum age at which people can have their juvenile court records expunged from 23 to 28, in response to the Dayton shooting...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican lawmakers want immigrants to indicate their residency status before they can obtain Ohio injured worker compensation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House is considering a bill that would prohibit the executions of defendants if they're found to have had a "serious mental illness" at the time of the...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A law firm that cleared one of Ohio's most powerful state lawmakers of a sexual harassment allegation in April contributed to the politician's campaign while the probe was going on, state campaign finance filings show.
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister's PAC donated $1,000 to Republican Rep. Bill Seitz's campaign fund in March, according to the documents.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A pro-sustainability watchdog group has filed an ethics grievance over a probe that cleared a powerful Ohio legislator after a sexual harassment complaint.
Scott Peterson, executive director of Checks and Balances Project, says the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister retained by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office as special counsel had an ethical conflict in the case of Republican state Rep. Bill Seitz of Cincinnati. Taft is Seitz's former law firm.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — One of Ohio's most powerful lawmakers has been quietly cleared in a sexual harassment probe conducted by an outside law firm where he had worked for 36 years, according to a report obtained by The Associated Press.
Republican state Rep. Bill Seitz, of Cincinnati, was investigated after a female House employee complained Jan. 30 that statements he made at a staff going-away party had worsened an already hostile work environment at the Statehouse.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has approved a bill to cut state funding to cities and villages by the amount they collect from traffic enforcement cameras.
Cleveland.com reports the Senate will now consider legislation sponsored by Cincinnati Republican Rep. Bill Seitz. The House passed the bill Wednesday on a 65-19 vote.
An Arizona lawmaker who repeatedly harassed women has become the first since the swell of the #MeToo movement to get kicked out of office by colleagues but likely will not be the last to face repercussions amid intensifying scrutiny of sexual misconduct in state legislatures.
The heightened focus on harassment and misconduct has led to growing calls for change in a year that already has seen an unusually large number of women expressing interest in running for office.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of Democratic women in the Ohio House on Thursday called for the resignation of a veteran Republican lawmaker who was compelled to apologize for making offensive remarks during a staff member's going-away party.
State Reps. Nickie Antonio, Teresa Fedor and Michele Lepore-Hagan told Republican House Speaker Clifford Rosenberger in a letter that Rep. Bill Seitz's conduct "falls far short of the standard by which elected officials should conduct themselves."
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker wants to test the theory that traffic cameras are meant to prevent crashes and not boost municipal budgets by cutting funding to cities that use them.
State Rep. Bill Seitz introduced a bill that would offset revenue cities earn from cameras by reducing the same amount from its state funding.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has passed a bill that would fully legalize fireworks.
The bill, which passed 77-12 Wednesday, permits residents to shoot off fireworks anytime of the week. It does prohibit people from setting off fireworks while drinking or using drugs and fireworks sellers would be required to distribute safety information.
Sponsor of the bill Republican state Rep. Bill Seitz says local officials would be able to ban fireworks "if they want to be un-American about it."
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the Ohio Supreme Court decision to strike down state laws restricting use of traffic enforcement cameras (all times local):
An Ohio state senator who helped write the law restricting municipalities' use of traffic enforcement cameras calls the state Supreme Court's decision Wednesday striking down that law a "pyrrhic victory" for home-rule cities and villages.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate has rejected a House budget provision that would deny injury benefits to workers living in the U.S. illegally.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker is proposing legislation that could help one of the nation's largest online charter schools delay repaying $60 million it was found to owe the state.
The proposal introduced by Republican Rep. Bill Seitz, of Cincinnati, would apply to certain judgments in favor of the Department of Education and halt enforcement while they're under appeal if the other party posts bond.
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House voted this past week on a workers' compensation budget that blocks workers living in the country illegally who get hurt on the job from accessing compensation benefits.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2pPst1h ) reports the bill was approved after a strong debate.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Opponents are praising a decision to suspend deliberations on the proposed financial rescue of Ohio's two nuclear plants, even as Akron-based FirstEnergy continues to push for the deal.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Cincinnati lawmaker says a provision added to the pending Ohio budget bill aims to address an improper court interpretation of a law providing financial compensation for wrongfully imprisoned inmates.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2q1Rg0K ) reports that backers of the change say some former inmates have been wrongly denied compensation.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican speaker of the Ohio House will keep the top post next year.
The House GOP caucus says it re-elected Rep. Cliff Rosenberger, of Clarksville, to the position for the next General Assembly.
The legislature's session is set to wrap up in a few weeks. State lawmakers return to Columbus for voting sessions next week.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A key lawmaker says apparently unconstitutional portions of Ohio's medical marijuana law, which set aside a piece of the state's future pot business for minorities, were left in the bill during legislative debate to secure needed votes.
Republican state Sen. Bill Seitz (syts) says legally prickly provisions exposed by The Associated Press in June may require changes. The law takes effect Sept. 8.