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Ohio House adds, deletes ban on local hiring quotas

By   /  February 27, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

City of Akron

Frst it was there. Then it wasn’t. What seemed like a minor provision in the Ohio biennial transportation budget turned into a big to-do when supporters and opponents learned about it.

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Competing bills ban cell phones in school zones and distracted driving

By   /  February 27, 2015  /  News, Ohio, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

As expected, the ban on distracted driving was stripped out of the transportation budget by the Ohio House and was introduced as a stand-alone bill. But now there are two bills that create texting and distracted driving bans that are up for consideration – and it’s no surprise they conflict with each other.

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Two Ohio bills would create new dependency class, experts say

By   /  February 23, 2015  /  News, Ohio, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments Whited

A proposed texting, distracted driving ban isn’t the only bill that would use fine money to pay for something low-income families can’t afford. A Senate bill requiring all kids to wear bike helmets follows the same path in creating a dependency class.

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Ohio texting, distracted driving ban seriously flawed, expert says

By   /  February 18, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

FLAWED: Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, says Ohio's proposed distracted driving law which would ban texting while driving is "overly broad" and "overly vague."

As part of the new “Drive Toward a Safer Ohio,” the state wants to prohibit distracted driving, but the actual language included in the transportation bill is seriously flawed, Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, says.

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Minimum wage, powdered alcohol, ‘Sloopy’ back on Ohio agenda

By   /  February 11, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Just six weeks into the new year and already there are 98 bills pending in the General Assembly, including many that have been on the agenda before – like an increase in the minimum wage, a ban on powdered alcohol and name an official rock song of the state.

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Senator wants to ban powder caffeine after deaths, but is there another way?

By   /  January 30, 2015  /  Commentary, Ohio  /  No Comments

Sherrod Brown

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, wants to ban the retail sale and marketing of powder caffeine, saying it’s to protect the public’s health and welfare and to “prevent future overdoses and deaths.”

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