Ohio http://wyso.org en Ohioans to Play a Role in Inaguration Events http://wyso.org/post/ohioans-play-role-inaguration-events <p>A handful of Ohioans will be front and center for President Barack Obama's inauguration.</p><p>Autoworker Kenyetta Jones is one of right "citizen co-chairs" who've been selected to highlight Obama's first-term accomplishments.</p><p>Jones spoke at last year's Democratic National Convention about Obama's work to bailout the auto industry.</p><p>She'll ride on an inaugural parade float after Obama's swearing-in Monday.</p><p>The Miami University Marching Band will be in the parade too.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:04:00 +0000 Associated Press 27903 at http://wyso.org Issue 2 - The Redistricting Amendment - Fails Big http://wyso.org/post/issue-2-redistricting-amendment-fails-big <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-size: 13px; font-family: verdana, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-variant: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 19px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Both the statewide issues failed. Issue 1 would have convened a constitutional convention, and state lawmakers were hoping it wouldn’t pass so they could continue with an appointed commission which will make recommendations on changes to the constitution. And Issue 2 would have taken the power to draw the maps for state and federal lawmakers out of legislators’ hands and put it with a 12-member citizens’ panel. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:05:41 +0000 Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio) 24732 at http://wyso.org Ohio Voters Reject New Political Mapmaking Panel http://wyso.org/post/ohio-voters-reject-new-political-mapmaking-panel <p>Ohio voters have rejected a proposal to change the process for redrawing state legislative and congressional maps.</p><p>Issue 2 lost after a fight that pitted voter advocacy groups and unions against business interests and the Ohio Republican Party. Lawyers' groups split on the issue.</p><p>The constitutional amendment would have created a 12-member citizen commission to redraw Ohio's political districts every decade. It was prompted by discontent over the maps approved by the state Legislature in 2011.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 10:17:58 +0000 Associated Press 24722 at http://wyso.org Advocates for Health Care Law Look Forward to Implementation, But State Still Stalling http://wyso.org/post/advocates-health-care-law-look-forward-implementation-state-still-stalling <p>Advocates for the federal health care law are celebrating the start of the countdown toward October 1 of next year, when 1.5 million uninsured Ohioans can start shopping a health insurance marketplace called an exchange. But there’s still a lot of uncertainty about who will set up and run that exchange.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 10:30:00 +0000 Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio) 23115 at http://wyso.org Ohio Lawmakers Set Votes on Public Pension Changes http://wyso.org/post/ohio-lawmakers-set-votes-public-pension-changes <p>A package of bills that shore up Ohio's five public pension funds with increased premiums, higher retirement ages and other changes is set to clear the Ohio Legislature.</p><p>The Ohio House and Senate plan floor votes on the proposals Wednesday.</p><p>Changes will affect some 1.7 million retirees and future retirees and their families who are covered by the five funds. Those are the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System, State Teachers Retirement System, School Employees Retirement System, Ohio Highway Patrol Retirement System and the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:06:00 +0000 Associated Press 22175 at http://wyso.org