The drive to the fall ballot is underway for union organizers and volunteers, who want voters to decide whether the controversial collective bargaining reform law should stay or go. Meanwhile, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services said the law will save the state $191 million, and could save local governments more than a billion dollars. But a Democratic lawmaker says it's a flawed study. Another report out this week shows the governor's budget could cost 51,000 jobs in Ohio, which the governor's office disputes.
Gov. John Kasich has rejected mercy for Clarence Carter, who's scheduled to die next week for beating to death a fellow jail inmate in Cincinnati in 1988. The Ohio Senate has voted on a ban on abortions after it's determined that the fetus could survive outside the body. School districts that were struggling with how to make up all those snow days this winter will get two more days that don't have to be made up this year. The Ohio Supreme Court will be the first state supreme court in the nation to take up the legality of a statewide smoking ban. And a sad note - former state senator John Mahoney, deputy director of the Ohio Municipal League, died this week.
Now that Senate Bill 5 has been signed into law, the attention of many lawmakers who'd been fixed on that has now turned back to the budget. Two longtime lawmakers with very different perspectives share their thoughts - Rep. Bob Hagan (D-Youngstown) and Rep. Jay Hottinger (R-Newark).