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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine has issued an executive order limiting alcohol sales in bars and restaurants to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. DeWine signed the order Friday, July 31, and it took effect the same day. The governor’s order bans alcohol sales after 10 p.m. and the consumption of… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state pharmacy board changed its decision to ban the use of hydroxychloroquine for treating COVID-19. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) called for a more thorough investigation into the drug. DeWine says Ohio’s pharmacy board should have held a full hearing before ruling that hydroxychloroquine cannot be used to treat… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The effort to shed more light on campaign contributions is gaining momentum with the support of Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio). He says these so-called dark money groups that donate millions of dollars into political expenditures need more transparency. As DeWine points out, it’s not against the law for independent expenditure groups to make political… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As the calls for a repeal of the state’s nuclear power plant bailout grow louder, there are legislators who are standing by the law that made sweeping changes to Ohio’s energy policy. One vocal supporter says the bailout is still what’s best for Ohioans. The laws created through HB6 set up nuclear and coal subsidies paid for by new charges… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lawmakers are introducing bills that require more transparency when it comes to dark money groups in political campaigns. The bills are in reaction to an alleged racketeering scheme involving a dark money organization and Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford). One bipartisan bill, HB737, would create reporting requirements for entities that make political… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse) — FirstEnergy held an earnings call Friday, just days after federal agents subpoenaed the company as part of a racketeering investigation. The allegations say millions of dollars went into a dark money organization that ended up benefitting House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford). The federal investigation accuses Householder of profiting from a bribery scheme, starting… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republican lawmakers say they’re working on how to move forward given the recent arrest of House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford), who now faces federal racketeering charges. This could set up a new fight to become the next speaker. If Householder were to resign or be removed, his second-in-command Rep…. Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State lawmakers are quickly putting a proposal together that would repeal the energy laws created through House Bill 6. It’s a sweeping energy bill that bailed out two nuclear power plants along with making other big changes. However, the bill is now at the center of a federal racketeering… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After weeks of urging Ohioans to wear masks, and then ordering those in hotspot counties to wear them, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is issuing a statewide mask mandate starting Thursday evening. Ohio has recorded nearly 3,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, and each day since July 7, the number of new… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state is pumping millions of dollars into the production of more person protective equipment to help people prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (R-Ohio) says will also help Ohio’s economic recovery. Ohio is making $20 million available for manufacturers to build up the supply… Read More
State officials are pushing back against the false claim that COVID-19 cases are being counted more than once. The Ohio Department of Health says this derives from people misreading the reporting data.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Secretary of State Frank LaRose, the state’s top elections official, is working with craft breweries to help increase the number of registered voters in Ohio. He says this is just one way to reach eligible voters. More than 30 craft breweries in Ohio are working with the initiative to ramp up… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A group of children services experts from around Ohio are putting together recommendations to improve the system. They say their mission must keep moving forward even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Gov. Mike DeWine’s Children Services Transformation Advisory Council is proposing ways to encourage kinship care, when a relative or a close family… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s U.S. senators are calling on Congress to expand broadband around the country noting the growing importance the internet has played during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) are backing a piece of legislation that would build-up internet access in underserved areas like rural… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — With protests shining a light on deeply rooted racial inequities, school leaders are being asked to be on the lookout for racial trauma when students return to class. Kadee Anstadt, superintendent for Washington Local Schools, says they’re preparing to make sure students feel safe on a number of levels. She… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Drivers are no longer required by law to have license plates on the front of their cars. The change ends a long debate over the use of front plates. Opponents argue that front plates are unnecessary and cost the state about $1.4 million to manufacture. Alicia Reece, a former… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A collection of health and human services advocates are urging state leaders to immediately work on revamping the unemployment compensation system in order to avoid another backlog in the future. The groups, which include the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, Ohio Organizing Collaborative, and Policy Matters Ohio are calling on… Read More
As the state continues to see a sharp increase in cases of COVID-19, Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohioans must take social distancing seriously and wear masks before things get worse. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.
The state’s more than 600 school districts are waiting for the Ohio Department of Education to release its COVID-19 guidance on how to operate in the new school year. But with the first day of classes less than two months away, many districts are making their own plans as they wait. The Reynoldsburg City School District east of Columbus has about… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says the state as a whole has seen a steady trend in decreasing cases of COVID-19, but he’s warning of possible trouble in southwest Ohio which is not following that trend. Health officials are following what DeWine calls “worrisome” trend lines in the region with flare ups in COVID-19 cases… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is proposing changes to the law enforcement process when it comes to recruitment, training, and oversight in response to the anti-racism protests. But other state leaders say the proposals continue to ignore what they see as the root problem of policing. DeWine’s proposals include mandatory psychological… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The top leader of the Ohio Senate, Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), has rebuked the racist comments made by Sen. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) during a committee hearing. Huffman drew sharp criticism after using the term “colored population” during a committee hearing on a resolution, SCR14, that would declare racism as… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State lawmakers approved hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding to help local governments recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The vast majority of Ohio House and Senate members approved a bill, HB481, that includes $350 million from the federal CARES Act. The money will go to local townships and municipalities. Senate President Larry… Read More
The Ohio National Guard is returning to the state after being called to Washington, DC to secure demonstrations there. However, members of the guard are still in some Ohio cities as protesters continue to demonstrate against the deaths of George Floyd and other black people killed by police. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.
The state has suspended a member of the Ohio National Guard after allegedly sharing “white supremacist ideology” online. The FBI is investigating and the member faces permanent removal from the guard. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.