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The Ohio Supreme Court is adopting the use of gender-neutral references in family court cases in place of words such as husband and wife following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage across the country.

The updates to the Ohio high court rules and forms take effect Tuesday.

The Ohio order also includes father, mother, parent and spouse in its description of terms expressing familial relationships.

This covers the areas of divorce, child support, guardianships, adoption, domestic relations and domestic violence.

The chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court says a committee will study possible changes to the state's grand jury system.
 
Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor says the panel will recommend ways to improve the functioning of grand juries and steps to boost public confidence in the justice system. Citizens serving on grand juries decide whether felony charges should be brought against a defendant.
 
O'Connor said Wednesday the group isn't exploring whether the system, created by the Ohio Constitution, should be eliminated.
 

The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a prosecutor's request to set an execution date for a Mexican national convicted of killing four members of his girlfriend's family and sentenced to death in three of the 1991 slayings.
 
Mexico opposes setting a date for Jose Trinidad Loza, saying he was never allowed to consult with a Mexican consulate and was the subject of bias early on, including a crime scene detective who used an ethnic slur to describe him.
 

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The Ohio Ballot Board has approved new language for Issue 3 that voters will see on their ballots.

Ohio’s Supreme Court told the Ballot Board it needed to clean up some of the wording for the legalized pot issue voters would see this fall. A former Republican justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, Andy Douglas, says the court is right in making this unusual call for the language to be corrected.

Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Fracking Foes' Ballot Protest

Sep 16, 2015
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Residents in three Ohio counties where Secretary of State Jon Husted invalidated anti-fracking ballot issues have lost a lawsuit before the Ohio Supreme Court.
 
Justices said in a 6-1 decision Wednesday that Husted didn't have the discretion to assess the legality of "community rights charters" offered in Fulton, Medina and Athens counties, but he had another valid reason to toss the measures.
 

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Two commission-based sales reps are asking the Ohio Supreme Court to decide whether a constitutional amendment okayed by voters in 2006 required that they be paid minimum wage. The eventual ruling could have a big impact on businesses and employees throughout Ohio.

The lawsuit started with one of those free coupon magazines that come in the mail or in a plastic bag delivered to your doorstep. For this particular coupon book, JB Dollar Stretcher, most of the hundred or so employees of the company were outside sales representatives who were paid on commission.

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The group behind this fall’s proposed amendment to legalize marijuana has a controversial new mascot.

The new ResponsibleOhio mascot is named Buddie, and he looks like a cross between Oscar the Grouch and Popeye the Sailor man – a green bushy head, meant to resemble a “bud” of pot, atop a bodybuilder’s physique.

Local Elected Officials Want More Control Of Oil And Gas Industry

Jul 9, 2015

As Ohio’s oil and gas industry has grown, the legislature has consolidated oversight power with the state. More than 100 elected officials from around Ohio asked Gov. John Kasich to help restore more local control through a letter.

A state senator from Akron, and council members from Cuyahoga County and Cleveland, are among the many Northeast Ohio officials who signed onto the letter organized by the national advocacy group Environment America.

A conservative group wants the Ohio Supreme Court to decide whether Gov. John Kasich and the legislature illegally expanded gambling in Ohio by allowing Ohio’s seven horseracing tracks to become “racinos” with the installation of electronic slot machines. 

But before a group of racino opponents can make the argument against the video slots, there’s the issue of whether the group has the authority to file the lawsuit in the first place. The group’s lawyer Tom Connors says it does.

State High Court Considers School Bus Driver Liability

Mar 26, 2015
The Ohio Supreme Court is considering the role of the school bus driver for student safety.
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The Ohio Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on whether school bus drivers are liable for injuries suffered by students who did not go straight home after leaving the vehicle. 

The Ohio Supreme Court went on the road this week to Mansfield. About 500 local high school students listened in on a case which touches on their own behaviors on school buses. At issue, 6-year-old Amber Salee, a first grader in the small Village of Cleves outside Cincinnati, was struck by a car after getting off a bus.

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