Ohio Senate

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Feb. 8:

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio is the only midwest state that’s had a sales tax holiday for the last three years. And now the Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would guarantee it would be an annual event.

The sales tax holiday for school items up to $20 and clothing up to $75 has been scheduled in early August since 2015. Republican Sen. Kevin Bacon of Columbus sponsored the permanent holiday, so lawmakers don’t have to keep passing bills on it.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio's state Senate plans to deliver the final blow to what are known as Ohio’s green energy standards. These standards require utilities to get a certain amount of energy from renewable sources. A bill to toss out those requirements could move first thing next year.

Republican Senate President Larry Obhof is resolute that he plans on moving a bill in January that would get rid of the green-energy requirements, though he admits he’d like to see a few changes first.

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, November 29th:

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Editor's note:  Last night, a panel of Republican senators voted to recommend Rep. Robert McColley to fill Hite's empty Senate seat. The full Senate Republican Caucus must now hold a vote to make McColley's selection to serve the remaining 13 months of Hite's term official.  

Republicans in the Ohio Senate are regrouping after allegations of sexual harassment forced a high-ranking member to resign. 

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