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Perspectives from Ohio’s Legislative Leaders at the 2018 Post Election Confernece

October 3, 2018 |

This year at the Post Election Conference, we will have four of Ohio’s legislative leaders reflect on statewide politics and policy. This year’s event will feature: Senate President Larry Obhof, House Speaker Ryan Smith, Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko, and House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn. Each caucus leader will offer  brief comments in Union Station…

2018 Post Election Conference: Budget Panelists Announced

October 1, 2018 |

As the 2018 Post Election Conference nears, we are excited to announce the panelists for “Ohio’s Budget Outlook: What’s on the Horizon for Fiscal Years 2020-2021.” Impact Ohio has invited legislators from across the state to discuss Ohio’s budget plan and to share their ideas on creating an efficient budget that works to improve the…

Political Panel Announced for the Post Election Conference

September 27, 2018 |

The opening plenary session of the 2018 Post Election Conference will be “A Reflection on Campaign 2018: The Political Analysis.”  In this session, two of Ohio’s mayors and some of Ohio’s top political consultants will reflect on the 2018 campaign season, the outcome of Election Day, and where Ohio is headed. The session will take…

2018 Post Election Conference Media Panelists Announced

September 18, 2018 |

As the 2018 Impact Ohio Post Election Conference nears, we are excited to announce the panelists for the “Election 2018: The Media’s Observations.” Impact Ohio has invited experts in journalism and reporting to share their thoughts on Election Day results and what role media has played in the 2018 election season. “Election 2018: The Media’s…

Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program Misses September 8 Deadline

September 13, 2018 |

House Bill 523 legalized medical marijuana in 2016, allowing those with qualifying medical conditions to access medical marijuana from certified physicians. Years later, Ohio is still grappling with its medical marijuana program. Creating a program surrounding a substance that was once entirely illegal and finding experienced practitioners has proven difficult. The current program has certified…

Ohio’s New Plan for K-12 Education: “Each Student, Our Future”

September 7, 2018 |

The Ohio Department of Education recently announced its decision to roll out a new, five-year plan to transform the state’s approach to K-12 education. “Each Student, Our Future” was developed over the past year by various interest groups including educators, parents, business leaders, and state legislators to better prepare students for success after graduation. The…

Dock-less Electric Scooters Appear in Ohio Cities Seemingly Overnight

August 27, 2018 |

Bird Rider’s electric scooters appeared on the streets of Columbus in early July and immediately began drawing attention. Bird currently operates in Downtown Columbus, the Arena District, and the Short North.  The electronic scooters have also been introduced in Cincinnati. Bird dropped scooters in Cleveland in early August, but they were later pulled from the streets after…

The 2018 Post Election Conference has a New Location!

August 16, 2018 |

The 2018 Post Election Conference will have a new location. We will still be at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), but the event will be held in a different ballroom and different breakout rooms than previous years. The majority of the conference will take place in the Union Station Ballrooms at the GCCC.  All…

A look at Issue 1: An Amendment to Reduce Penalties for Crimes of Obtaining, Possessing, and Using Illegal Drugs

August 15, 2018 |

Concern about overcrowding in Ohio’s prisons from non-violent drug offenders has led a group to propose a ballot initiated constitutional amendment. Backed by a coalition of civic, law enforcement, faith and business leaders, the initiative will appear on the ballot as Ohio Issue 1 this November.  The initiative’s sponsors were able to secure the necessary…