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Politics
3:00 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Lawmakers Say Redistricting Reform Will Create Fairer System

Ohio Statehouse
Credit thoth188

Ohio lawmakers have finally come to a bipartisan agreement on redistricting that many are calling historic. The process of drawing lines for legislative districts has been controversial in the past, but an agreement passed in the Senate Friday will be sold to Ohioans as a way to make that process more fair.

“This is the most significant bi-partisan activity that I have been involved in in my time here in the House and the general assembly,” said Democratic State Representative Vernon Sykes, who’s leaving after 26 years in the statehouse.

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Politics
1:36 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

West Carrollton Considers Levy Options

West Carrollton city officials are considering a tax levy to help pay for an in-house emergency dispatch center.
Credit City of West Carrollton website

The city of West Carrollton is considering changes to its dispatching service. Officials are concerned the city is getting priced out of offering an in-house emergency call center.

If the city wants to run its own operation next year, officials are expecting it’ll cost around $800,000. City Manager Brad Townsend says that isn’t feasible without residents paying a little extra. Voters could be asked to approve a levy in May at the earliest.

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Taxes
6:52 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Tax Bill Upsets Miami Valley City And Town Leaders

The city of Springfield submitted pictures of its potholes along with testimony to the Senate Ways and Means Committee opposing HB 5. The bill could take $650,000 out of the city budget.
Credit City of Springfield

  A tax reform bill passed in the Ohio statehouse Wednesday has lots of city and town leaders riled up. The bill, HB 5, set out to reform local income taxes by adding some uniform regulations, including changing the system for companies that work in multiple municipalities. Right now, municipal income taxes are a patchwork, with different policies in over 600 municipalities around the state.

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Politics
10:29 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Ohio Bill Would Create New Entertainment Districts

The Las Vegas strip has an open alcohol policy, which is what Ohio legislators hope could become possible in some cities here.
Credit Spreng Ben / Flickr/Creative Commons

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate has passed a bill to allow people to carry alcoholic beverages outside as they visit restaurants and bars in certain designated areas.

The proposal would allow cities with populations of more than 35,000 to create entertainment districts, where Ohio's open container law wouldn't apply. Patrons with a beer or alcoholic drink from one of the district's establishments could carry it with them outside as they visit other district businesses. The size of the municipal entertainment districts could not exceed a half mile.

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Statewide News
8:45 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Supporters Of "Heartbeat Bill" Try A New Tactic

Backers of the controversial measure called the "heartbeat bill" being considered in the Ohio House are trying a new strategy to get Ohio lawmakers to pass it during the lame duck session. The bill would make abortion illegal at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

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