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Legal Aid Society of Columbus

Columbus City Council last night approved legislation reducing the penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana. 

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.

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. 

More than 150,000 Ohio Medicaid beneficiaries who had their coverage dropped at the beginning of this year will now be reinstated. 

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. 

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.