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Bond issue proposed to attack toxic algae blooms

A pair of state lawmakers whose districts abut Lake Erie last week proposed a solution to the dangerous algae blooms that take over swaths of the state’s Great Lake each summer. A statewide bond issue is the prominent feature of the Clean Lake 2020 Plan, championed by Reps. John Patterson, D-Jefferson, and Steve Arndt, R-Port [...]

By | 2018-05-18T15:28:09+00:00 Monday, May 21, 2018|

New drug court program receives final certification

A new Franklin County Common Pleas Court drug court program called Treatment Is Essential to Success, or TIES, has earned final certification from the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Commission on Specialized Dockets. The common pleas court was subject to an application process, an on-site visit and had to meet stringent standards established for specialized dockets [...]

By | 2018-05-18T15:27:07+00:00 Monday, May 21, 2018|

Lawmakers mull local self-defense statutes

House lawmakers this week considered further testimony both for and against a bill that would codify an affirmative claim of self defense for Ohioans who own and use guns. Both the Ohio Municipal League and League of Women Voters of Ohio came out against House Bill 228 for different reasons. Kent Scarrett, executive director of [...]

By | 2018-05-21T09:36:08+00:00 Friday, May 18, 2018|

State lawmakers move to make ‘spoofing’ phone numbers illegal

Lawmakers keen on quashing the practice of manipulating parts of or entire phone numbers to obfuscate the caller’s identity for purposes of defrauding the call recipient are expected to consider a bill that would make the trick a criminal offense. Earlier this week the Ohio House of Representatives referred the bill to the Criminal Justice [...]

By | 2018-05-18T10:15:50+00:00 Thursday, May 17, 2018|

Sanctuary cities could get boost from Supreme Court’s sports betting ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Donald Trump’s former life as a casino owner, he might have cheered Monday’s ruling from the Supreme Court that struck down a federal law that barred every state but Nevada from allowing betting on most sporting events. But the Trump administration opposed the outcome reached by the high court at [...]

By | 2018-05-18T10:16:25+00:00 Thursday, May 17, 2018|

State hires law firm to remove sealed records faster for background checks

The state of Ohio has hired a law firm to remove former offenders’ sealed criminal records from background check company databases faster. Higbee & Associate’s service reaches out to background check companies to remove an individual’s criminal record once it is sealed or expunged. Typically, background check companies use data purchased once a year [...]

By | 2018-05-17T11:48:19+00:00 Wednesday, May 16, 2018|

Ohio may give taxpayers option of getting refunds via bank cards

A little less than a month after the 2017 state income tax filing deadline, a committee in the Ohio House of Representatives has taken up a measure to allow electronic tax filers the option to receive their refunds by prepaid bank cards. Lawmakers seated for the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee heard testimony from the [...]

By | 2018-05-16T09:10:52+00:00 Tuesday, May 15, 2018|

New York state lawmakers take aim at school riflery teams, citing ‘gun culture’

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Jillian Zakrzeski’s skills with an air rifle earned her three New York state high school shooting championships, a berth in the Junior Olympics and even recruitment to a college rifle team. “It’s an amazing sport. It’s not popular like soccer or tennis. But it changed my life,” says Zakrzeski, a 19-year-old [...]

By | 2018-05-15T09:45:31+00:00 Monday, May 14, 2018|

California regulator approves mandate for solar panels on new homes starting in 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California moved a step closer to requiring solar panels on new homes and low-rise apartment buildings starting in 2020, the first such mandate nationwide and the state’s latest step to curb greenhouse gas emissions. “Adoption of these standards represents a quantum leap in statewide building standards,” said Robert Raymer, technical director for [...]

By | 2018-05-15T09:44:47+00:00 Monday, May 14, 2018|