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Ohio farmers who want to sell their property to a younger farmer in their family might soon get a tax incentive to do that. 

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would give older farmers a tax incentive when they sell their farms to younger members of the family. State Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) says this bill will help make sure the land continues to be farmed instead of being developed for another purpose.


State representatives plan on returning to Columbus to vote on the payday lending bill. The legislation, if passed, would overhaul the way the industry is regulated in Ohio.

The Ohio Senate made a few big changes to the payday lending bill but nothing to dismay the support of consumer advocates.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Kyle Koehler, was also happy with the changes. He said he believes they have enough votes in the House to concur with the Senate’s version.

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The Ohio House has passed a controversial payday-loan bill meant to close loopholes those lenders use to charge high interest rates. The vote occured as a reported probe into activities involving the former Speaker and payday lending lobbyists continues.

Republican Kyle Koehler says passage of the bill will help many Ohioans who tell him the interest they pay on their payday loans is so high that they can’t afford basics like groceries.

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A citizens group is trying to put an issue on the ballot that would cap the interest rates of payday loans at 28 percent without the loopholes in current law. The ballot measure is in reaction to lawmakers failing to move on a similar bill. But House leaders say they’re ready to move forward.

Republican Rep. Kirk Schuring of Stark County says lawmakers are close to rolling out a revised bill, but it’s unknown how closely it will resemble the current bill to cap interest rates, which have reportedly skyrocketed to 590 percent.

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A bill requiring abortion clinics to either bury or cremate fetal remains got its first hearing in an Ohio House committee.

Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.


The bill is in response to an investigation by Attorney General Mike DeWine, which found that Ohio’s Planned Parenthood clinics were not selling fetal parts, but some remains did end up in landfills.