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Ohio law taking effect requires cigarette buyers to be 21

Oct. 16, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new Ohio law taking effect Thursday raises the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. Ohio is one of 18 states that have raised the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products. The law signed in July by Republican Gov....

Ohio governor reminds travelers of need of updated license

Oct. 15, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is reminding travelers they have less than a year to obtain federally compliant driver's licenses and IDs needed for future air travel. State officials say fewer than one in three Ohioans have obtained the beefed-up identification, which requires extra documents...

Is Ohio in play? GOP tilt working against Democrats

Oct. 14, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Chris Gagin says he hasn't changed much politically, even as so much around him has. The attorney from rural Belmont County, Ohio, became a Republican in 2013 after Democrats embraced environmental policies that he believed were detrimental to the area's coal mining and fracking...

Editorials from around Ohio

Oct. 14, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Red flag to pink slip The Toledo Blade Oct. 13 Gov. Mike DeWine has been clear about what is necessary to improve gun laws in Ohio and make the public safer. He was clear as a candidate, even though it meant contradicting the National...

GOP House leader still concerned about Ohio gun proposals

Oct. 12, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican who leads the Ohio House remains hesitant about GOP Gov. Mike DeWine's proposed changes to address gun violence, even after the governor backed off pushing for a so-called "red flag law" and background checks on nearly all gun sales. The Columbus Dispatch reports House...

Ohio House votes to repeal state sales tax on tampons

Oct. 11, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal repealing Ohio's sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products has cleared the Ohio House. Republican State Rep. Niraj Antani (nih-RAJ' ahn-TAH'-nee), of Miamisburg, calls Thursday's unanimous vote "a victory for all women in Ohio." Antani and Democratic state...

Ohio: $31M to aid families of children with behavioral needs

Oct. 10, 2019 1:25 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says it will provide $31 million in new funding to support families of Ohio children with behavioral needs who need help from multiple systems. The funding for fiscal year 2020 includes $8 million in direct aid to help parents avoid having to surrender custody of their...

GOP Ohio governor's gun plan doesn't include 'red-flag' law

Oct. 7, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike DeWine's new proposals to address Ohio gun violence in the wake of the Dayton mass shooting don't include background-check requirements for gun sales or a so-called red-flag law to restrict firearms for people perceived as threats, despite his earlier support of...

Ohio governor asks lawmakers to ban flavored vape products

Oct. 1, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has asked lawmakers to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette products as concerns grow about the health effects of vaping. DeWine, a Republican, said Tuesday the ban is needed to protect children from addiction. Although other states have issued emergency bans,...

DeWine calls for change at state psychiatric hospitals

Sep. 30, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's 17-point plan to address gun violence in the state following the recent mass shooting includes freeing up space at state psychiatric hospitals for people threatening violence or suicide. The Republican governor called on lawmakers to create a process that would...