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Ohio Supreme Court rejects request to suspend state’s six-week abortion ban

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Supreme Court has denied a request to suspend the state’s new six-week abortion ban just two days after the group of abortion providers filed the lawsuit. In an unsigned decision, the Republican-dominated court rejected the effort to stop the ban that went into effect last week following… Read More

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Ohio cities face ‘snowballing effect’ with growing trend to work from home

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A group representing cities across Ohio is calling on state legislators to take a close look at the struggles municipalities face now that more people work from home. A report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that, at the end of 2021, 11.1% of employees continued to… Read More

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ACLU of Ohio study highlights growing issue for women incarcerations

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The ACLU of Ohio has released a report that said there is a disproportionate amount of women in prison for drug offenses compared to men. The report said, of the women sent to prison in 2020, 39% were for drug-related offenses. Researchers noted that 26% of the women prison… Read More

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What are Ohio economic analysts keeping an eye on as inflation grows?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Analysts in Ohio are keeping a watchful eye on certain decisions made on the federal level to address the problem of inflation, with the concern that an overreaction could cause more economic issues. The Consumer Price Index report for May showed that inflation in the U.S. increased by 8.6%… Read More

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Ohio House Democrats slam language in trans athlete ban as ‘state-sanctioned sexual abuse’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Democratic lawmakers in Ohio are blasting language in a proposed House bill that would require a student athlete to get an invasive exam if someone lodges a complaint questioning their sex. The bill, HB151, was amended to include a ban on transgender athletes from participating in women sports both… Read More

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Ohio lays out time frame to launch sports betting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State regulators have laid out the time table over the next seven months in order to be prepared for one of the largest simultaneous launches of sports gaming in the country. Ohio will have three different types of sports betting licensed, and all three are scheduled to go into… Read More

Erin Merryn, survivor of child sexual abuse and author, testifies at Ohio Senate Primary and Secondary Education Committee.

Survivor of child sexual abuse speaks out in Ohio Senate committee

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Senate Primary and Secondary Education Committee heard testimony from a survivor who has made it her life’s work to tour the country and put an end to child sexual abuse. Erin Merryn stood before the Senate committee holding her newborn baby in one arm and her childhood… Read More

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Ohio House approves bill allowing doula services to be covered by Medicaid

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A bill to expand access to doula services is moving to the Ohio Senate after receiving a near unanimous vote out of the Ohio House. Doulas are professional labor assistants who work with pregnant people to provide physical and emotional support throughout pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. The proposed law,… Read More

Ohio House and Ohio Senate district maps adopted by the Ohio Redistricting Commission by a vote of 4-3 on February 24, 2022

Federal court intervenes in Ohio redistricting, orders state to implement unconstitutional district

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio has been ordered by a federal court to implement maps that were found unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court and hold a primary for those candidates on August 2. A three-judge panel from the U.S. District Court’s Southern District of Ohio issued an order Friday for the state… Read More

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Opponents to GOP-drawn maps consider next moves as federal redistricting intervention looms

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) There is an array of activity among the groups fighting against unconstitutional, Republican-drawn state legislative district maps which are set to go into effect — by federal intervention — on Saturday. Since the Ohio Supreme Court rejected the fifth round of proposed maps from the Ohio Redistricting Commission, a federal… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court rejects proposed legislative district maps for fifth time

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The Ohio Supreme Court invalidated the latest proposal for new state legislative districts, which was a resubmission by the Ohio Redistricting Commission of maps that were already rejected two months ago. In a 4-3 decision, the supreme court said the proposed Ohio House and Ohio Senate district maps were unconstitutional and gave Republicans an unfair… Read More

Advocacy group gives new voice to formerly incarcerated people in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) As he stood in a hallway just outside of a hotel conference room in downtown Columbus, William Miller considered what the future holds. “Power, equality, justice, reform,” Miller listed off. That’s because inside that hotel conference room was a new group of advocates ready to push for changes to Ohio’s… Read More

Proposed ban on gender transition procedures for minors gets hearing in Ohio House

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) Supporters of a bill that bans gender transition procedures for minors testified at a House committee hearing, while LGBTQ advocates gathered outside the Ohio Statehouse to voice their opposition. The bill, HB454, would prohibit physicians and other medical health care professionals from providing gender transition procedures to any person under… Read More

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Repercussions of FirstEnergy bribery scandal continue with board overhaul

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Shareholders have voted to replace six members on FirstEnergy’s board of directors which signals the continued aftermath of the company’s nuclear bailout bribery scandal. The move was part of a settlement in a lawsuit between FirstEnergy shareholders and FirstEnergy executives. That agreement concluded that the six board members who served for at least five years… Read More

Ohio’s legal marijuana issue is back in the hands of lawmakers, for now

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A House Democratic lawmaker said an issue to legalize marijuana for personal use in Ohio could have resulted in a large turnout of voters, that is until Republican leaders settled to move the voter initiative to 2023. A settlement reached by Republican legislative leaders and a group petitioning for legal marijuana stated that the potential… Read More

Ohio redistricting commissioners make their arguments against being held in contempt

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The Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission are asserting that the Ohio Supreme Court does not have the authority to hold them in contempt of court while their Democratic counterparts on the commission argue otherwise. The Ohio redistricting commissioners filed their motions in court after petitioners – who are objecting to the latest round… Read More

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Ohio voters won’t decide on initiative to legalize marijuana until at least next year

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Ohio voters won’t weigh-in on a proposed ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for personal use until at least next year. That comes out of a settlement between state leaders and a group seeking to make pot legal for Ohioans over 21. Representatives of the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol sued to get a proposal… Read More

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A timeline of Ohio’s redistricting saga

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — An Ohio redistricting process that began in August 2021 to draw new state legislative district maps has seen many twists and turns that eventually entangled all three branches of government. The process to draw Ohio’s 99 House seats and 33 Senate seats, was overhauled by a constitutional amendment approved… Read More

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Several bail reform measures on the table for Ohio lawmakers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There are five different pieces of legislation in the Ohio General Assembly that would make significant changes to the state’s laws on bail, which includes a proposed statewide ballot issue. The topic of bail reform has been discussed in the Ohio Statehouse for years, but it gained renewed interest… Read More

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From constitutional reform to crisis, Ohio redistricting saga nears federal intervention

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A saga that began nine months ago to implement Ohio’s new redistricting process is now heading towards a federal court decision that could dash the hopes of advocates fighting against partisan gerrymandering. On August 6, 2021, the seven members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission convened and took the oath… Read More

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Failing to adopt new maps, Ohio Redistricting Commission resubmits unconstitutional plan

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to adopt new state legislative district maps Thursday evening and instead opted to resubmit a set of maps already invalidated by the Ohio Supreme Court. Democratic members of the commission made a motion to accept a new draft of… Read More

Advocates chant “fair maps now” in a House committee room after the Ohio Redistricting Commission adjourns without making plans for new state legislative district maps.

Ohio Redistricting Commission reconvenes with looming court-ordered deadline

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republican and Democratic members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission disagreed over how to go about drawing a new set of House and Senate district maps. The commission has until May 6 to adopt new maps, a deadline ordered by the Ohio Supreme Court in their latest ruling. Sen. Vernon… Read More

U.S. Senate Republican candidate J.D. Vance answers a question during Ohio’s U.S. Senate Republican Primary Debate at Central State University

J.D. Vance wins Republican nomination in Ohio’s U.S. Senate primary

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — J.D. Vance has won the Republican nomination in his bid for Ohio’s open U.S. Senate seat, according to the unofficial results. Seven Republicans competed in what became a turbulent and expensive U.S. Senate primary. They’re running to fill the seat left open by U.S. Senator Rob Portman, a Republican,… Read More