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Lt. Gov. Jon Husted

Husted defends Ohio private school voucher program facing legal challenge

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (R-Ohio) said the EdChoice voucher program began as a way to help students in struggling school districts and he said it’s still effective today. Husted, who was Ohio House speaker when EdChoice passed in 2005, said families continue to support the vouchers today. “When we… Read More

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DeWine signs sports betting bill into law

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) has signed a bill into law that legalizes sports betting in Ohio but it will take some time for the many provisions of the legislation to go into effect. DeWine’s signature caps years of debate over how to create a regulated sports betting industry in… Read More

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Ohio doctors address challenges of ‘workplace violence’ for overloaded hospital staff

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Hospital leaders around the state are pleading for unvaccinated people to get the COVID-19 shot. They say medical facilities are getting crushed by a wave of COVID patients and the vast majority are unvaccinated. Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Ohio Department of Health director, underscored the severity of the latest COVID… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court sets the stage for battle over the new Congressional district map

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The sides have been preparing for the court battle ever since Republican lawmakers approved a map that gives the GOP a large advantage in Ohio’s 15 Congressional districts. National and local relators, which are plaintiffs in supreme court cases, say the Congressional district map goes against the anti-gerrymandering reforms… Read More

Governor Mike DeWine and Fran DeWine visit Heritage Hall College of Medicine on Monday, April 12, 2021, in Athens, OH.

DeWine is deploying Ohio National Guard members to hospitals around the state

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) —Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) announced Friday that he is ordering 1,050 members of the Ohio National Guard to hospitals around the state that need help dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Of those 1,050 members, 150 will be medical personnel and the other 900 will help with other needs. DeWine says… Read More

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Legislators are on break with legal cannabis issue looming in 2022

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House is on break until after the new year, but there are several issues that lawmakers are expected to tackle when they return. That includes potentially addressing two bills to legalize marijuana for personal use, with an issue that could go before voters next year. A group… Read More

Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) introduces the G.R.O.W. Act geared towards growing and retaining Ohio’s college student population.

Lawmaker wants Ohio’s workforce to grow with scholarships and tax breaks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) said the G.R.O.W. Act — Graduating and Retaining Ohio’s Workforce — is a multi-pronged approach to ramp up the state’s population. Cross said the state needs to work on policies that bring more people to Ohio and keeps them in the state. The concern is partially… Read More

Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) presents a new Congressional district map, drawn by the Senate Republican Caucus.

Voter rights groups file challenge to new Ohio Congressional map

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A coalition of voter rights groups has filed a challenge to the state’s new Congressional district map in the Ohio Supreme Court. The ACLU of Ohio, League of Women Voters, and the A. Philip Randolph Institute filed the lawsuit in the Ohio Supreme Court, along with other individuals named… Read More

Voter rights advocates scrutinize the Congressional district map proposed by Republican lawmakers.

DeWine approves new Ohio Congressional map that gives GOP advantage in most districts

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — In a statement released Saturday, DeWine said “When compared to the other proposals offered from House and Senate caucuses, both Republican and Democrat, the map in S.B. 258 makes the most progress to produce a fair, compact, and competitive map.” DeWine goes on to tout the map’s city and county… Read More

The seven-member Ohio Redistricting Commission is made up of five Republicans - co-chair Speaker Bob Cupp, Gov. Mike DeWine, Auditor Keith Faber, Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Senate President Matt Huffman. There are two Democrats on the commission: co-chair Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and House Minority Leader Emiilia Sykes (D-Akron).

Ohio House sends Congressional district map to DeWine

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — It’s now up to Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) whether to sign off on a new Congressional district map that gives Republicans an advantage in 12 of Ohio’s 15 districts for four years. In that House vote, every Democrat and four Republicans voted against the plan. Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland)… Read More

Voter rights advocates scrutinize the Congressional district map proposed by Republican lawmakers.

Ohio Senate approves new Congressional district map

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A Republican-drawn Congressional district map is moving forward after the Senate approved the plan by a party-line vote. Senate Republican leaders say their new Congressional map creates six districts that heavily favor Republicans, two that favor Democrats, and seven “competitive” seats. Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) said that political breakdown… Read More

Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) presents a new Congressional district map, drawn by the Senate Republican Caucus.

Ohio GOP lawmakers unveil Congressional map proposals

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State Republican lawmakers are introducing two proposals, one from the House and one from the Senate, for new Congressional district maps. The roll-out comes with confusion over how exactly the maps break down, with voter rights groups arguing a lack of transparency in the process. The maps were presented… Read More

The KFC in Athens is just one on many business looking for employees.

Lawmakers want to let teens work later on a school night

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The bill would allow 14- and 15-year-olds to work until 9pm on a school night. Current law says those teenagers have to stop working at 7pm when they have school the next day. Sen. Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) said the bill, SB251, requires approval by parents. “They’re still not able… Read More

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Lawmakers Are Considering Dropping Training Requirements To Carry Concealed Weapons

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Many witnesses lined up to testify on a bill in the Ohio House that would remove training requirements to carry a concealed weapon. Laura Robertson-Boyd with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was among the 100 opponents to submit testimony against the bill that would strip the… Read More

Rep. Jamie Callender (R-Concord) stands at a podium

Republicans Have Offered Their Own Proposal To Legalize Cannabis In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — House Republicans are introducing a bill to legalize marijuana for personal use for adults ages 21 and up. Rep. Jamie Callender (R-Concord) says this is the first time someone from his party has proposed a bill to legalize marijuana for personal use. He says a challenge to getting the… Read More

Ross McGregor, Ohio Manufacturers' Association, testifies against HB435

A House Committee Will Hear Up To 14 Hours Of Testimony On Vaccine Exemptions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio lawmakers are preparing for two days of testimony on a bill, HB435, that creates exemptions in state law for people who don’t want to comply with COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The bill would allow students and employees in the public and private sector to claim COVID-19 vaccine mandate exemptions,… Read More

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Kids As Young As 5-Years-Old Will Be Eligible For Ohio’s Vaccine Lottery

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is launching another COVID-19 vaccine incentive program to give out scholarships to winners of a sweepstakes if they get the shot. But there’s a catch in this new lottery plan. That means the “Vax-2-School” lottery will be postponed, in hopes that approval happens by the end of the… Read More

Debbie Dalke came to the Ohio Statehouse from Wood County to rally for "fair congressional districts."

Legislature Misses The Deadline For New Congressional Map

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission is going back to work, this time drawing a new Congressional district map after state lawmakers failed to agree on one before the constitutional deadline. The state legislature was required to create a new Congressional district map by the end of September. Now that they’ve… Read More

Ohio Statehouse

A Plan To Fast-Track Exemptions To COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Stalls

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The bill, HB435, allows students and employees to opt out of getting the COVID-19 vaccine, even if it’s required at school or work. The measure was voted out of committee Tuesday evening after one hearing and was set for a full House vote on Wednesday. But House Speaker Bob… Read More

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Advocates Remain Hopeful Ohio Will Abolish The Death Penalty

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) –– Ohio lawmakers are back in session with a list of bills to consider, including measures that would abolish the death penalty in the state. Anti-execution advocates say they’re getting closer and closer to accomplishing their goal. There are bipartisan bills in the Ohio House and Senate to end the… Read More

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says it's 20 years since the last time changes have been made to the Supplemental Security Income program.

Brown Wants To Update A Benefit Program For Older Adults And People With Disabilities

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — Brown is calling on Congress to update the federal program that helps older adults and people with disabilities. The U.S. Senate held a hearing on possibly raising the asset limit for people who receive Supplemental Security Income. Brown said the SSI is to help people meet basic needs, such… Read More

The Ohio House

House Republicans Have Encouraged Yost To Challenge Biden’s Vaccine And Testing Rule

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State lawmakers are sounding off on President Joe Biden’s proposed rule for businesses to require employees either get the COVID-19 vaccine or be tested for the virus weekly. Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) said nearly 60 Republican House members have signed the letter. Koehler said the Biden rule amounts to… Read More

Ohio Redistricting Commission meets late at night on the final day of the constitutional deadline to pass maps.

Commission Approves Final District Maps That Appear To Retain GOP Supermajorities in House, Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Just after the clock struck midnight, the Ohio Redistricting Commission approved new Ohio House and Ohio Senate district maps, that are likely to guarantee a Republican supermajority for the next four years, by a vote of 5 to 2. The two Democrats on the panel voted against the plan…. Read More

Attorney General Dave Yost

Yost Reviewing Biden’s Vaccine Mandate On Businesses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio) is looking into possible action against President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees. Yost, who got the COVID-19 vaccine, says the President of the United States doesn’t get to force people into getting vaccinated. Yost says Biden is acting… Read More