Shannon Hardin

Columbus City Council has scheduled a public hearing this  evening on its goal of lowering the criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana. 

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Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin says he is working on a proposal to reduce the criminal penalties for marijuana possession.

Columbus City Council last night chose its first openly gay president. 

Columbus City Council is considering legislation creating tougher penalties for people who tether their dogs out-of-doors.

Columbus City Council last night held the first public hearing on the Columbus Charter Review Committee's recommendations to change how council members are elected.

Three Democratic Columbus City Council incumbents will face two other Democrats and one Republican challenger in November after winning yesterday's primary election.

A panel of people selected by Columbus City officials is scheduled to hold its final meeting this afternoon to discuss plans to change the structure of City Council.

The attorney for former Columbus City Council member Michelle Mills says she will plead guilty this morning to a misdemeanor ethics charge for failing to properly disclose the value of a 2014 trip to an Ohio State football game with other elected officials and a convicted lobbyist.

The 2015 Columbus Mayoral race between Democrats Andy Ginther and then-Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott created divisions in the county Democratic party.

The City of Columbus is launching a study to determine whether minority- and women-owned businesses are getting their fair share of municipal contracts. 

The Ohio Ethics Commission says four current or former Columbus City Council members paid less than they should have to watch an Ohio State football game in a luxury suite with a lobbyist.

Columbus City Council last night approved a resolution prohibiting municipal employees from making non-essential trips to North Carolina in response to that state’s law requiring people to use bathrooms based on the gender on that person's birth certificate.

Columbus City Council tonight is scheduled to consider a ban on unnecessary travel by city employees to North Carolina in protest of that state's recently enacted law mandating which public restrooms transgender people are allowed to use.

City Hall sources tell WCBE the Ohio Ethics Commission is investigating Columbus City Council president and mayoral candidate Andy Ginther and three other current or former council members for a lobbyist-funded trip they took to the Big Ten Championship game last December.

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19 people have applied to fill a soon-to-be vacant seat on Columbus City Council.

Columbus City Council last night appointed a former member of Mayor Michael Coleman's staff as the next council member.