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The Ohio House and Senate are preparing for a busy week of legislating in Columbus with a couple of controversial measures up for debate.

The hotly-contested Heartbeat Bill which bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected is back in committee.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich
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A recent report shows Ohio leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths. Now there are big changes coming with how Ohio deals with powerful painkillers and drug-addiction treatment.

Gov. John Kasich’s newly approved opiate addiction initiative requires pharmacy technicians to register and get background checks. It requires doctors, veterinarians and dentists who possess controlled substances to get a license from the state pharmacy board.