Ohio Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus) explained the goals of Senate Bill 167 (SB 167), her proposal to repeal state “zero-tolerance” policies enforced in public schools, during the bill’s first hearing before the Senate Education Committee on December 3.
Ohio Representative Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) introduced House Bill 231 (HB 231) to reduce the number of what he calls “unarmed victim zones,” areas where law-abiding Ohioans with concealed handgun licenses are prevented from carrying firearms, on July 11.
Ohio Representative Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) introduced public employee workplace freedom legislation House Bill 152 (HB 152), which would allow Ohio’s government workers to opt out of paying union bosses without being fired, on May 2. Maag recently discussed HB 152 with Media Trackers.
The Ohio Office of the Inspector General released findings on June 27 from an investigation of Bureau of Workers’ Compensation official Michael Travis, who is accused of teaching classes at a community college during times when he was being paid to work for BWC in addition to misusing state resources.
Representatives of Canadian anarchist organization Idle No More (INM) performed aboriginal dances and songs for roughly 20 onlookers in the annual Community Festival’s “Peace Village” tent in Columbus the final weekend in June. This year’s “ComFest,” a celebration of “cooperation and collective activity rather than competition and individual profit,” was attended by nearly 25,000.
The Ohio House approved House Bill 69 (HB 69), which would restrict the use of automated traffic cameras, before the General Assembly left for its summer recess. If passed by the Ohio Senate and signed by Governor John Kasich, the bill would generally forbid state and local law enforcement from using automated cameras for traffic surveillance.
Former Ohio Department of Public Safety Community Engagement Director Omar Alomari is suing the State for racial and religious discrimination, in addition to a Franklin County civil suit against the City of Columbus and a private intelligence-gathering firm.
State Senator Joseph Uecker (R-Miami Township) introduced Senate Bill 60 (SB 60), legislation to revoke the journalist exception to state privacy laws surrounding concealed handgun permits, in March. Accessing said records is a felony in Ohio if committed by anyone not defined as a journalist under current law.
State Representative Ron Hood (R-Ashville) recently introduced House Bill 200, which supporters say would help women make informed medical decisions by requiring an ultrasound and a meeting with a doctor 48 hours prior to any non-emergency abortion procedure.
Representative Rex Damschroder (R-Fremont) introduced House Bill 207 (HB 207) on June 12 to restrict aerial drone surveillance in Ohio as a “pre-emptive strike against the erosion of our Fourth Amendment rights,” he told Media Trackers in a recent interview.