Senate Democratic Leader Eric H. Kearney sent a gift to Governor Kasich urging him to veto portions of the state budget including a prohibition against Mediciad expansion.

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Senator Gentile Visits Bright Beginnings Preschool


Senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) recently visited the Ohio Valley Educational Service Center's (OVESC) Bright Beginnings Preschool class at Belpre Elementary to learn more about the service that early childhood programs provide in Ohio. 


Senators Brown And Gardner Honor The Life Of Former Toledo Mayor And House Democratic Leader Jack Ford


During Senate session on March 25th, Senators Edna Brown (D-Toledo) and Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) honor the life and legacy of former Toledo Mayor and Ohio House of Representatives Democratic Leader Jack Ford who passed away at the age of 67 on March 21, 2015. 


Editorial: Mandatory Submission Of Rape Kits For DNA Testing Is Smart Legislation


The state legislature should be commended for taking a tougher stance on the submission of untested rape kits for DNA analysis.

Under a law passed last year that took effect on Monday, law enforcement agencies are now required -- rather than "encouraged" -- to comply with a statewide protocol established by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine for processing the kits, which contain genetic evidence of sexual assault.


Senator Tavares Testifies On Bills To Remove Barriers To Healthcare Improvements In Ohio


Columbus – Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) gave sponsor testimony today in the Ohio Senate Medicaid Committee on two bills that would remove barriers to healthcare improvements for Ohioans.  Senate Bill 32, The Telehealth Act, would require insurance companies and Medicaid to cover telehealth services in Ohio.  Under the proposal, telemedicine service is defined as a medical service that is delivered by a physician through the use of any communication, including oral, written, or electronic communication.