An Ohio Supreme Court committee studying the state's capital punishment law plans to vote on recommendations today requiring the collection of data to detect racial bias in death penalty cases.
The data would include a review of past cases as well as collecting information in the future on all homicides that might be eligible for capital punishment. Other recommendations would require prosecutors, lawyers and judges involved in death penalty cases to be trained to protect against racial bias.
Legislative analysts say Ohio could replace all the property tax money that's going to school districts through a hike in the state sales tax.
But to raise the more than $9.9 billion that's needed, policymakers would need to more than double the sales tax rate - from 5.5 cents on the dollar to 13.2 cents. That's in part because the higher the tax goes the less consumers like to spend.
The Ohio Legislative Service Commission provided the estimate Wednesday to an Ohio House subcommittee that's studying school funding ideas.
Ashley Stacy (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), QuiQue Bucio (Bass, Vocals) JJ Mangold (Drums) and new member Max Mobarry (Lead Guitar, Vocals) are gearing up to release their debut album as Gathering Mercury.