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A high-profile domestic violence bill is gaining momentum in the Ohio House. The bipartisan piece of legislation looks to overhaul the way communities and law enforcement respond to reports of assault.

State Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) said she and other interested parties are working on making slight changes to offset concerns voiced by opponents - including adding more input from the Ohio Supreme Court.

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There were 21 bills that state lawmakers managed to the governor's desk for his signature. However, there are many other bills that received a lot of attention this year but are still waiting in the wings for 2020. Here's a look at the bills that did not pass in 2019.

Sentencing reform
Coming into the new General Assembly, lawmakers made tackling drug sentencing laws a top priority after encouraging voters to reject Issue 1 on last November's ballot.

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A retired Stark County judge sentenced Lance Mason to life in prison today.

Mason is a former Cuyahoga County judge who assaulted and fatally stabbed his ex-wife, Aisha Fraser, late last year. Mason had previously pleaded guilty to the murder and other charges.

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Former state lawmaker and Cuyahoga County judge Lance Mason is facing a life sentence next month after pleading guilty Tuesday to the fatal stabbing of his ex-wife Aisha Fraser in November.

Her murder prompted a bipartisan bill that seeks to better protect victims of domestic violence. But some key parts of the bill have earned it high-profile opposition. 

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, August 21:

Former state legislator and Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Lance Mason pleaded guilty Tuesday to the brutal murder of his ex-wife, Aisha Fraser, last November.

He faces life in prison without parole.

Mason was to be tried on six felony counts, including aggravated murder, murder and felonious assault, in the stabbing death of Fraser, a Shaker Heights teacher. He also faced three other charges, including grand theft and felonious assault of a peace officer. While fleeing, Mason rammed a Shaker Heights police cruiser and injured patrol officer Adam Flynt.


The murder of a Shaker Heights teacher, allegedly at the hands of her estranged spouse, has prompted an effort to overhaul the way Ohio deals with domestic violence cases.

A new bill calls for activating a network of support and resources once a call is made to police. 

Rep. Janine Boyd points out that domestic violence tends to be something that repeats and escalates over time. So Boyd proposes a three-pronged system.

Once police are called to the scene of a domestic violence complaint, law enforcement conducts a screening.

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, December 5:

A Stark County judge will preside over the case of a former Cuyahoga County judge charged with murder.

Former state legislator Lance Mason has pleaded not guilty to several charges including murder, aggravated murder, violating a protection order, grand theft, and felonious assault. Mason is accused of fatally stabbing his estranged wife Aisha Fraser last month in Shaker Heights, then allegedly ramming a police cruiser while fleeing the scene.

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Nov. 30:

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, November 19: