A state lawmaker from the Columbus area is introducing legislation to end underage drinking under adult supervision.
Details of the bill introduced by Senator Tina Maharath show it changing Ohio’s law to align more with neighboring states like Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia that ban all drinking by those under 21-years-old.
Under current Ohio law, anyone under 21 is allowed to consume alcohol as long as they are supervised by an adult parent or guardian.
The City of Dublin has already created a total ban on underage drinking after the 2013 death of a teenager who crashed after drinking at an adult-hosted party.
A federal judge is hearing arguments on whether Toledo’s voter-approved Lake Erie Bill of Rights is constitutional.
According to the Toledo Blade, the hearing is a pivotal one for the future of the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, which Toledo voters approved by an overwhelming 61-39 percent majority in a special election last February.
Hours after the outcome was announced, Drewes Farms, in Wood County, announced it would sue the city, claiming the measure was unconstitutional.
The State of Ohio would later join the farms’ case, pitting the state against the City of Toledo in the case.
A ruling is expected at a later date.
People in favor of the measure lined the sidewalks and filled the federal courtroom to show their support for a clean Lake Erie.
A Findlay High School student took 3rd place in a national speech competition at Ashland University.
Summer Neds competed in the “Speaking Out for Freedom” competition and spoke on the importance of the self-evident truths.
Neds competed against other students from across the U.S. and had to write and videotape her speech.
Neds’ teacher Jessee Hankins said he is very proud of his student.
In her essay, Summer wrote that: “The American Idea … brings the country together during politically divisive times because, although there are different opinions and beliefs, the citizens will carry on the history of the nation and remember the tragedies and triumphs of their country. This is important because the world is changing and constantly facing new obstacles. During these obstacles, it is only right for the American people to remember their country, the history, and the rocky road their country has taken to get to the point that it is at today.”