Ohio Legislature

Health, Science & The Environment
12:01 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Changes in Ohio’s Energy Efficiency Law Dead For Now But Could Resurface

Environmental activists and consumer advocates are breathing a sigh of relief. Ohio lawmakers apparently are NOT going to change the state’s energy efficiency program during the last days of the current legislative session.

The program requires electric companies to lower overall power usage by giving money to people and businesses that buy energy-saving appliances and equipment. To fund the program, all electricity customers pay a surcharge on their monthly electric bills.

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Education
8:30 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Bill Would Give Ohio Schools More Flexibility

Sponsors say a bill passed by the Ohio House would give school districts more flexibility in making up snow days and other lost time.

The bill would change state law regarding the time students must spend in school. It would require them to spend a minimum number of hours in school each year instead of a minimum number of days.

House Bill 191 changes the minimum school year from 182 days to 455 hours for half-day kindergarten, 910 hours for grades one through six, and 1001 hours for grades seven through 12.

Health, Science & The Environment
9:06 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Ohio Legislators Could Wipe Out Energy Efficiency Incentives

Ohio consumer advocates and environmentalists have been worrying out loud that state legislators might water down or wipe out a 4-year old program that encourages electricity customers to be more energy-efficient. Now, as statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports --- some comments by the top man in the Ohio Senate show those activists have good REASON to worry.

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Health
12:30 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Bill to Reduce Funding to Planned Parenthood

An Ohio house committee has recommended a bill that would re-prioritize funding for family planning services so that Planned Parenthood would be last on the list.

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Statewide News
8:04 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Ohio Panel Breaks From Debate on Dog Breeder Bill

An Ohio legislative committee has recessed without voting on a bill that would crack down on high-volume dog breeding operations, dubbed puppy mills.

An aide to the bill's sponsor said it was unclear whether further action would come Tuesday night.

The bill would beef up regulations on the care and treatment of animals housed in large-scale establishments and distinguish the facilities from traditional dog kennels. It also requires those considered "dog retailers" to be licensed.

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