Ohio

This State Offers Grants to Police to Pay for Extradition of Wanted Suspects

In Ohio, some law enforcement agencies said the cost to extradite was too high. To help agencies cover the costs, the governor’s office has made $500,000 in grant funding available.

This State Found $117,000 in Double Payments Through Data Analytics

Ohio developed a tool to review all state agencies’ payment transactions from January through September and found 56 duplicate payments worth more than $117,000.

Ridesharing Companies Urge Ohio to Bring Back the Front License Plate

Uber and Lyft support a proposed bill that would require motorists in Ohio to have both a front and rear license plate. Lawmakers got rid of the front plate in April as part of a transportation budget package.

Ohio Establishes ‘Cyber Reserve’ to Combat Ransomware

The civilian unit of the National Guard will be on call to assist local governments that come under cyberattack.

After Ohio Opioid Settlement, Local Governments Could Be Skeptical of State AG Agreement

Attorneys for cities and counties that brought litigation against drug companies say the size of a settlement brokered this week for two Ohio counties could encourage others to opt out of a broader agreement touted by state attorneys general.

Preventing Student Violence Through Education

A proposal in Ohio would require public middle and high schools to teach an annual class about suicide and violence prevention.

Cities Defend State Law that Prohibits People from Carrying Guns While Drunk

Six cities in Ohio filed a legal brief supporting a state law that makes it illegal for anyone to use a gun when intoxicated in response to claims that the policy is unconstitutional.

Ohio Governor Wants to Fix 'Flaw' in Gun Background Check Reporting

Under Gov. Mike DeWine's proposal, state law enforcement agencies would be required to report open warrants and domestic violence convictions to federal authorities for inclusion in the gun background check system.

Envisioning What’s Next for a Dead Stretch of Downtown Freeway

Akron’s planning director says there’s a chance that what’s now a “concrete trench” could one day become a park.

Ohio Governor Urges State to Seize 'Window of Opportunity' on Gun Laws

Two days after a mass shooting in Dayton, Gov. Mike DeWine called for the state legislature to pass a “red flag” law, toughen background checks, and improve access to the state’s mental health system.

'Do Something!': Republican-led States Grapple with Responses to Mass Shootings

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he’d be open to discussing gun control proposals, while Texas Gov. Greg Abbott emphasized the need to address mental health issues.

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Two Mayors on the Mass Shootings in Dayton and El Paso

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State Lawmakers Seek to Close Marital Rape Prosecution Loopholes

Marital rape is technically illegal in all 50 states, but some have legal exemptions that make it difficult to prosecute offenders.

Requiring High Schools to Name Valedictorians

After three Ohio schools did away with selecting valedictorians and salutatorians, a state legislator introduced a bill to mandate high schools continue the tradition.

Denver Voters Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms

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A State Considers How to Help Local Governments Pay for Expensive Murder Trials

A bill in the Ohio legislature would allow counties to ask for state financial support for large capital murder cases.

Shelter Animals Become Official State Pets

To highlight the availability of adoptable animals at shelters, lawmakers in several states are giving them a special status.

A Mayor’s Perspective: Women and Automation on the Rise

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley reflects on the changing conversation around technology and why executive roles in politics have been particularly difficult for women to obtain.

Ohio Governor Says Raising State’s Gas Tax Is Unavoidable

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What the Mayor of Youngstown Wants From Trump

“Cities like ours in northeast Ohio are in desperate need of federal funds,” Mayor Jamael Tito Brown wrote in a letter to the White House.