Legal Aid Society of Columbus Columbus Council Lowers Pot Possession Penalties, Approves North Market Expansion Plan By Jim Letizia • Jul 23, 2019 Columbus City Council last night approved legislation reducing the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana. New Columbus Law On Retaliatory Evictions Taking Effect By Jim Letizia • Jan 8, 2019 An updated ordinance passed by Columbus City Council in December to protect renters from being evicted by their landlord for complaining about code violations takes effect Wednesday. Study: Local Program Helping Renters Avoid Eviction By Jim Letizia • Nov 27, 2018 The Legal Aid Society of Columbus says its Tenant Advocacy Project created last year helped people stay in their homes 240 percent more often than those who were not assited by the program. Lawsuit Settlement Will Put Over 150,000 Low-Income Ohioans Back On Medicaid By Ohio Public Radio • May 13, 2015 More than 150,000 Ohio Medicaid beneficiaries who had their coverage dropped at the beginning of this year will now be reinstated. Judge Orders State To Restore Some Medicaid Benefits By Jim Letizia & Associated Press • Apr 3, 2015 State of Ohio A federal judge has ordered state officials to reinstate Medicaid benefits for plaintiffs in a lawsuit, while denying a request to expand benefits to others being terminated from the program. Civil Rights Suit Filed Against Kasich Over Unequal Benefits Requirements By Associated Press • Aug 18, 2014 Legal advocates for the poor have filed a civil rights complaint with the federal government over Ohio's move to waive work requirements for food stamp beneficiaries in certain counties while enforcing them in most.