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Ohio Bail Reform Legislation
Alan Smith & Lisel Petis

Background
Cash bail acknowledging a presumption of innocence for persons accused of crimes has always been a feature of the judicial process in America. An amount of money is set by a court to…

Flavor bans might keep youth from vaping, but could also hurt smokers who are trying to quit
Pritika C. Kumar

Columbus, Ohio, lawmakers are considering a flavor ban on tobacco products. While this proposed ban is aimed at preventing youth tobacco use, it may harm adult smokers who struggle to quit…

Birth Control Access in Missouri
Courtney Joslin
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Letter in support of allowing part-time lawyers to be admitted to practice law in Tennessee
Shoshana Weissmann

Dear Mr. Hivner,

We at the R Street Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization focused on advancing limited, effective government in a variety of areas, write in support of the…

, Detroit News
Michigan’s Independent Redistricting Commission: A model for other states
Ryan Williamson

In 2018, Michigan voters approved Proposal 2, creating the state’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Tasked with creating the U.S. congressional and state legislative districts for the…

Strengthening Electric Reliability Through Markets in the Midwest
Devin Hartman

Every year, the Midwest electricity grid operator conducts an auction to secure enough resource capacity to meet its reliability target for the year ahead. But this year was different. For the first…

Criminal Justice Reform Efforts and Rise in Crime: Spotlight on City of St. Louis, Mo.
Lisel Petis

This is the third in a series of posts on the subject. Scroll to the end to see the most recent posts in the series.

Introduction
The nation has been captivated by reports of rising crime and the…

Ohio Needs a Better Way to Draft Candidates
Matt Germer

Recently, we’ve seen the best and worst of Ohioans moving onward and upward.

Starting with the best, 19 players from Ohio universities were selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Buckeye State…

, Duluth News Tribune
Clumsy regulation could create new privacy, 1st Amendment concerns
Josh Withrow

Lawmakers responding to concerns about how digital content may harm some users have become increasingly fixated upon regulating the algorithms that organize online content — especially with respect…

, The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio’s outdated election system disenfranchises voters, fuels division
Marc Hyden

Come November, a barrage of TV ads, campaign mailers, and robocalls will urge Ohioans to head to the polls to determine the state’s elections. But in reality, most general election voters will…

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