Keith Faber

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A bipartisan committee created to be the top state prisons watchdog is coming under fire, as lawmakers from different parties have different ideas on what should be its fate.

 

The Correctional Institution Inspection Committee conducts reviews of the state’s prisons and juvenile correctional facilities, and its director agreed to resign last year after a series of critical reports.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

State lawmakers are back home after spending two weeks passing dozens of bills in the lame-duck session. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports they’re now waiting for Gov. Kasich’s next move and any possible vetoes.

In the early morning hours after a marathon session, Senate President Keith Faber talked about the possibility of Gov. John Kasich vetoing one of the bills passed by the General Assembly.

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JO INGLES / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

The Ohio Legislature has passed one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the United States. The House and Senate yesterday both approved a ban on abortion at the point at which a fetal heartbeat can be detected – which can be in as little as six weeks into pregnancy.

Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports, the bill will likely face a court challenge if Gov. John Kasich signs it.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Cleveland officials hoping state lawmakers will block a plan to increase the minimum wage might not get any help from the Senate. 

Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger of Clarksville has suggested that a plan to stop cities from raising the minimum wage might pop up during lame duck. But Republican Senate President Keith Faber of Celina says an opinion filed by Attorney General Mike DeWine has already answered that question.

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PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OF OHIO

A top utilities watchdog, nominated to that spot by Gov. John Kasich, has stepped down after the GOP-dominated Senate rejected that appointment. 

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