Latest Ohio state government News

John Kerry joining ex-Gov. Kasich to talk climate change

Feb. 22, 2020 9:41 AM EST

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Former Secretary of State John Kerry and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be in Ohio next month and join with former Gov. John Kasich to talk about climate change. All three are involved in a new campaign called World War Zero that is aimed at combating climate...

Proposal would set 16-year limit on Ohio lawmaker terms

Feb. 21, 2020 1:15 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment would set strict 16-year limits on legislators serving in the Ohio House or Senate. Ohioans for Legislative Term Limits filed signatures and petition language with Attorney General Dave Yost on Thursday with a goal of placing the the amendment on...

Ohio ballot change effort cleared for signature gathering

Feb. 20, 2020 9:26 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Backers of a proposal to let Ohioans be automatically registered to vote when conducting business at state Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices were cleared Thursday to begin a statewide signature gathering process. The proposal announced earlier this year would also require early voting...

Latest Ohio opioid deal aims to appease cities, counties

Feb. 20, 2020 2:57 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Local governments would get more authority over how Ohio's share of a national opioid settlement is spent — but their guaranteed percentage would remain at 30% — under an updated draft of the deal for divvying up the money that is being negotiated with the governor and...

Panel: Add new license photos to facial recognition database

Feb. 20, 2020 1:39 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Additional and better quality driver's license photos would be added to Ohio's facial recognition database under a task force recommendation released Thursday. The database, used by law enforcement officers to identify both crime suspects and crime victims, currently includes driver's...

Retired Air Force Col. Guion Bluford discusses his career as a fighter pilot in Vietnam and later as the first black astronaut in space at a news conference on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Bluford, 77, was presented with the Ohio Distinguished Service Medal, the state's highest non-combat decoration for service, by Gov. Mike DeWine. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

Retired colonel, astronaut honored for lifetime achievement

Feb. 20, 2020 1:30 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday presented the state's highest non-combat decoration for service to a retired fighter pilot and astronaut. Col. Guion Bluford of Westlake in suburban Cleveland flew 144 combat missions in South Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force and later earned a...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 1962, file photo, provided by NASA, astronaut John Glenn pilots the

Fans seek John Glenn statue to mark milestones at Statehouse

Feb. 19, 2020 4:47 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fans of the late astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn are working to bring a statue of his likeness to the Ohio Statehouse to mark major future milestones, such as his birthday and the anniversary of his famous space flight. Thursday marks 58 years since Glenn became the first American...

File-This April 22, 2004, file photo shows Gregory Lott being interviewed at the Mansfield Correctional Institution, in Mansfield, Ohio. The latest request for mercy from a death row inmate in Ohio comes as executions have ground to a halt and the future of capital punishment in the state is being questioned by an unlikely lawmaker, the conservative Republican House speaker. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

Conservative group seeks end to death penalty in Ohio

Feb. 19, 2020 2:03 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A newly formed conservative group is seeking an end to the death penalty in Ohio at a time when executions have ground to a halt in the state and the House speaker has questioned whether capital punishment should be reconsidered. Ohio Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty,...

Ohio governments working to craft unusual opioid bargain

Feb. 19, 2020 1:27 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor, attorney general and dozens of local governments are nearing agreement on divvying up proceeds of a potentially huge settlement with the opioid industry, hoping to avoid mistakes made with the national tobacco settlement. The so-called “One Ohio”...

In assault cases, parents must show discipline is reasonable

Feb. 19, 2020 12:58 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It's up to parents or caregivers charged with injuring a child to prove their actions were a form of reasonable discipline, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a victory for prosecutors bringing such charges. At issue before the court was the 2017 domestic violence and assault...