Latest Ohio State General Assembly News

Abortion bill suggests doctors reimplant ectopic pregnancies

Dec. 4, 2019 1:36 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio proposal aimed at outlawing abortions would present some doctors with the choice between facing potential criminal prosecution or attempting a procedure considered medically impossible: the reimplantation of an ectopic pregnancy. A doctor who terminates a pregnancy could face...

Black victims underrepresented in named violent crime laws

Dec. 3, 2019 1:35 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The slayings of Reagan Tokes and Alianna DeFreeze had much in common. Both were abducted, raped and killed in Ohio in 2017. Tokes was a 21-year-old college student, DeFreeze a 14-year-old seventh grader. Both their killers were previously convicted sex offenders. Yet only one victim got a...

Black victims underrepresented in named violent crime laws

Dec. 3, 2019 1:31 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — The slayings of Reagan Tokes and Alianna DeFreeze had much in common. Both were abducted, raped and killed in Ohio in 2017. Tokes was a 21-year-old college student, DeFreeze a 14-year-old seventh grader. Both their killers, previously convicted sex offenders, were subsequently found...

Ex-Ohio lawmaker sentenced on fraud charge eyes Trump pardon

Nov. 30, 2019 8:31 AM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio lawmaker headed to prison after pleading guilty to mail fraud says he did nothing wrong and will seek a presidential pardon. Democratic ex-state Rep. Clayton Luckie, who is black, told the Dayton Daily News pardoning him would be a good way for Republican President Donald...

Correction: XGR-Gun Laws-Ohio story

Nov. 25, 2019 12:58 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In a story Nov. 23 about so-called stand-your-ground gun legislation in Ohio, The Associated Press erroneously reported the first name of a state senator. His name is Sen. Terry Johnson, not Sen. Ron Johnson. A corrected version of the story is below: Ohio GOP lawmakers pursuing...

Residents want Ohio to allow them to decide on wind farms

Nov. 20, 2019 4:27 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A group of residents opposed to wind farms in northern Ohio want state lawmakers to give them a chance at the ballot box to block new turbines from being built near their homes.  Legislation being debated in Columbus would allow township residents to circulate petitions for voter...

Lawmaker: Ohio State should do ‘right thing’ for abused men

Nov. 20, 2019 11:43 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives says he wants Ohio State University to “do the right thing” for men who say they were sexually abused decades ago by a team doctor while school officials turned a blind eye. Republican Speaker Larry Householder told...

Former Ohio lawmaker sentenced on federal fraud charge

Nov. 16, 2019 3:37 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio lawmaker accused of defrauding programs intended for disadvantaged businesses has been sentenced in federal court. Former Democratic State Rep. Clayton Luckie, of Dayton, received four months in prison Friday after a judge rejected a probation recommendation from the U.S....

Ohio bill would erase time limits, loophole in cases of rape

Nov. 16, 2019 12:17 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State senators in Ohio are debating a proposal to lift the statute of limitations on rape. It would also close a loophole that allows rape inside marriage to go unpunished. During Senate hearings that began Wednesday, Democratic co-sponsor Sen. Nickie Antonio, of Lakewood, said...

Measure introduced in Ohio would ban abortion outright

Nov. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of conservative lawmakers in Ohio has introduced a bill to outlaw abortion outright except to save the pregnant woman’s life. State Rep. Candice Keller, a Republican from Middletown, says the bill’s backers are tired of taking an incremental approach to ending...