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Ohio House supports cyberstalking bill
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:09

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Victims of cyberstalking and other technology-based harassment would get better protection under a bill that is winning overwhelming support in the Ohio House.

House Bill 74 would make it illegal to urge or incite menacing by stalking through any form of written communication, including electronic communication. It includes any written or verbal graphic gestures.

The bill also would prohibit a person from knowingly causing someone to think the offender will cause his or her immediate family physical or mental harm. The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/IFgHM6) reports that Ohio prosecutors and the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio support it.

State Rep. Marlene Anielski, a Republican from Walton Hills, on Wednesday shared the story of a constituent who suffered through electronic harassment by a neighbor without any legal recourse.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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Ohio panel alerts jobs board of possible conflicts
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Thursday, 26 September 2013 09:52

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Ethics Commission is preparing to release details of potential conflicts of interest it has identified among board members, employees and other associates of Gov. John Kasich's oft-criticized job-creation agency, JobsOhio.

Executive Director Paul Nick said he expects the information to be released Thursday.

The possible conflicts were flagged during routine review of dozens of confidential financial disclosure that employees and board members of Ohio boards, commissions, agencies and schools file annually.

Nick said the commission alerts individuals to ties to businesses whose dealings with the state may run up against ethics restrictions. No wrongdoing is implied.

Transparency issues surrounding the unique structure of JobsOhio and its private-sector governing board have been the subject of political debate and a lawsuit.


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Ohio to disclose estimated value of tax credits
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 15:22

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's development agency says it will now provide the estimated value of state tax credits for businesses following concerns from Gov. John Kasich  that the information be publicly available.

The Development Services Agency's reversal comes after it said it recently began encouraging reporters to calculate the potential value of the credits on their own, rather than providing them with the estimate as it had previously done.

The estimates are for future tax credits that new or expanding businesses receive based on performance. They show the credits' potential value. Public information is used to calculate the figure, under terms agreed to by the Tax Credit Authority.

Spokeswoman Lyn Tolan said the agency believed it provided the tools for people to make the estimates, but it will provide calculations upon request.


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