Ohio House

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Ohio senators debating a medical marijuana bill passed by the Ohio House have made some changes to the plan.

A Senate committee wants to put the state’s pharmacy board in charge of the medical marijuana plan – not the Department of Commerce as was designated in the House-passed plan. It also wants to loosen requirements on doctors who recommend marijuana and put them under the oversight of the board that already governs them – the Ohio State Medical Board.

photo of Rep. Gary Scherer

The House has overwhelmingly passed a bill that would allow for expanded use of in-car breathalyzers for those convicted of driving while intoxicated – including first-time drunk drivers. 

The bill would expand the use of what are called ignition interlock devices even for those convicted of their first drunk-driving offense. Republican Rep. Gary Scherer of Circleville is the sponsor.

Photo of Ohio Rep. Jeff Rezabek

A new system that prevents absentee students from being thrown out of Ohio schools is moving forward.

The Ohio House has passed a bill requiring schools to create intervention teams that would step in when a child is consistently absent. That team will meet with students and their parents to try to fix the situation to avoid going to court.

Ohio House to Hear Medical Marijuana Proposal

May 5, 2016
Kirk Schuring announcing the task force

An Ohio House committee has approved a medical marijuana bill. The legislation now moves to the full House.

The bill would allow medical marijuana in edibles, oils and other products, but it would not allow patients to smoke or grow marijuana plants.

Public universities in Ohio have mixed feelings about a bill that would grant voting power to their student trustees. But a lawmaker is proposing a compromise that he believes would gain their support. 

Republican Rep. Niraj Antani of the Dayton area says the new version of his bill would allow the universities to decide if student trustees should have voting power. The previous version made it mandatory.

“If universities aren’t in favor of the bill or at least neutral, some of my colleagues will not vote for it. So, this is a compromise in order to get the bill passed.”