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Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) takes the oath as Speaker after his election to that office on July 30.

Who Is Speaker Bob Cupp? Lawmakers Weigh In

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Two weeks ago, Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) was arrested on a federal racketeering charge related to the nuclear bailout law he championed, and wouldn’t say if he would resign. His House colleagues unanimously stripped him of his leadership and the GOP majority installed a new speaker, the third in two years. And… Read More

A box to drop off absentee ballots sits in the parking lot of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland.

Could Additional Ballot Drop Boxes Prevent Lines On Election Day?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Groups representing voters say they fear possible consolidation of polling places this November due to coronavirus concerns will lead to long lines, similar to those many Ohioans experienced when they voted in 2004. The head of Ohio’s Democratic Party is recommending using more drop boxes. Ballot drop boxes look… Read More

Mike DeWine wearing mask

Students In Ohio’s K-12 Schools Must Wear Masks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday added another statewide health order requiring all children in grades K-12 to wear masks while in school, with certain exceptions. The previous order was for third graders and older. DeWine said the aim is providing safe schools for students and employees when schools return to in-person classes…. Read More

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Ohio Bill Aims To Help Ohioans Being Evicted Due To COVID19 Income Losses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As COVID-19 related job losses continue to affect thousands of Ohioans, many are in danger of losing their homes. A bill that’s been introduced by a Democratic state representative could help some of them. David Leland (D-Columbus) is sponsoring a bill that would set aside 10% of the state’s rainy-day fund, about… Read More

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High School Sports Officials Requesting Changes To Health Order

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A revised health order continues to state that contact sports teams cannot conduct games with other teams, and cannot allow spectators at their scrimmages. High school sports officials say they’re working with state leaders to make changes. The latest health order limits contact sports in Ohio to inter-team scrimmages, with no spectators, and… Read More