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Local senator and Lorain Rep. named Legislators of the Year

Local senator and Lorain Rep. named Legislators of the Year<BR>

It’s an annual award handed out by the Ohio Association of Election Officials (OAEO) to one Republican and one Democratic legislator demonstrating an exceptional commitment to improving Ohio’s election process.
In 2015, the OAEO selected Ohio Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Copley Township) and Rep. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) as Legis ... (full story)


Shkreli neither the problem nor the solution

With his performance in front of a Congressional committee, Martin Shkreli has become the face of the problem of escalating prescription drug prices. Shkreli, who made headlines when his firm acquired the rights to Daraprim, a drug used to treat the AIDS-related parasitic infection toxoplasmosis, and raised the prices by hundreds of ... (full story)


State


Appeal denied for man who set fire to ex-girlfriend's home

An attempted arson conviction out of the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas was recently affirmed when a court of appeals reviewed the case of Leon Hayes.
A three-judge panel in the 6th District Court of Appeals ruled that Hayes entered valid Alford pleas to two counts of attempted aggravated arson and he was properly sentenced t ... (full story)


Review IDs safeguards against future fraud at Ohio treasury

Review IDs safeguards against future fraud at Ohio treasury

COLUMBUS (AP) — Other individuals inside Ohio's treasury knew or should have known that a former deputy treasurer was committing fraud, according to the findings of an independent review that suggested a host of safeguards against future wrongdoing.
The 60-page report by BakerHostetler LLC released last Friday addresses act ... (full story)


Ohio bill would allow guns to be removed by protective order

Ohio bill would allow guns to be removed by protective order

COLUMBUS (AP) — FBI data analyzed by The Associated Press shows 185 people shot to death in Ohio in domestic violence cases in the past decade. An Ohio lawmaker plans to reintroduce legislation aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of alleged domestic abusers once a protective order has been issued. The goal is joining mo ... (full story)


Report finds enforcement gap in seclusion, restraint policy

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio schools have gaps in the way they enforce a rule limiting the seclusion and restraint of students whose behavior affects order in schools, a disability rights group said in a report released Monday.
The report from Disability Rights Ohio concluded that the state's Department of Education needs to better ... (full story)


Technology


Ohio Supreme Court decides ‘distance’ voting case

The Ohio Supreme Court keeps finding itself making decisions involving technology, whether it wants to or not.
The latest, State ex rel. Holwadel v. Hamilton Cty. Bd. of Elections, Slip Opinion No. 2015-Ohio-5306, involves very interesting, and very modern, issues of distance working/ telecommuting and residential voting requirem ... (full story)