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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

Governor Mike DeWine and Fran DeWine visit Heritage Hall College of Medicine on Monday, April 12, 2021, in Athens, OH. DeWine toured the facility and watched as three OU students were given the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and then spoke to the media about the vaccination efforts and supply in Ohio. "Our way to get back to normal is the vaccine, it's the only way to get back."

DeWine Calls Biden’s Vaccine Mandate A ‘Mistake’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) said President Joe Biden’s move to mandate vaccinations at businesses is a mistake saying a federal requirement is not the right approach. Biden announced businesses with more than 100 workers must require COVID vaccinations or regular testing of staff. DeWine has been touting the effectiveness… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse

Redistricting Commission Adopts District Maps That Appear To Retain Republican Supermajority

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Redistricting Commission has adopted an official proposal for the new state House and Senate district maps. Now leaders will go to different parts of the state to hear public comment on the maps that were drawn by the Republican caucuses. The majority caucuses in the House and Senate… Read More

A sign outside of the Nelsonville voter precinct lets people know where they can vote.

Ohio Redistricting Commission Sets Two Meetings In One Day, Republicans Will Propose Maps

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Majority caucus leaders in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate have been working behind the scenes on a new state legislative district map for the 99 seats in the Ohio House and 33 seats in the Ohio Senate. Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) said he’s looked over the maps with… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine gives a coronavirus update from his home on August 20, 2020.

Ohio Opens $250M Grant Program For Broadband Expansion Projects

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state is now accepting submissions for broadband expansion projects to reach regions of Ohio that don’t have reliable access to the internet. The millions of dollars in broadband expansion money was approved in the FY22-23 state budget. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted (R-Ohio) has said connecting people to reliable internet… Read More

Sykes Says Redistricting Commission Should Be Drawing Maps

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It was revealed at the last redistricting commission meeting that different caucuses in the House and Senate were working on their own to present maps to the commission. But the top Democratic leader in the House says that’s not what’s mandated by the constitution. House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) says the Ohio Redistricting Commission,… Read More

Gavel leaning against a row of law books

Housing Advocates Turn To Local Judges After SCOTUS Ends Eviction Moratorium

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Housing advocates are calling on local judges around Ohio to prevent evictions by giving tenants more time to file for rental assistance. They say delaying eviction proceedings is crucial now that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a national eviction moratorium. The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO), says preventing evictions not only… Read More

Coalition Endorses ‘Unity’ Maps Submitted To Redistricting Commission

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A coalition of community groups are touting a map with newly drawn district lines for state lawmakers. The citizen-led redistricting advocacy group, Ohio Citizens’ Redistricting Commission, used input from more than 2,000 drafts to put out its rendering of new Ohio House and Ohio Senate districts. Desiree Tims is a member of the Equal Districts… Read More

Ohio State University Requiring Students, Staff To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

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Ohio State University is requiring all students and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the first public university in the state to do so after the Food and Drug Administration gave full approval to Pfizer’s shot. OSU President Kristina Johnson made the decision through advice from a team of medical professionals from the College… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in Spring

Lawmakers Wrestle with Impact Policies Have on Criminal Justice System

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AKRON, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — When it comes to reforming Ohio’s criminal justice system, changing the laws tends to start at the state-level. But while lawmakers look at shifting sentencing from prison to treatment, there’s also an urge by officials to increase penalties, resulting in what can be a contrasting approach to reform. Ray… Read More

In this March 31, 2021 file photo, a nurse fills a syringe with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine at the Vaxmobile, at the Uniondale Hempstead Senior Center, in Uniondale, N.Y.

Health Committee Reconvening Early For Bill Banning Vaccine Mandates

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Some members of the Ohio House will be returning to the Statehouse earlier than expected to continue hearings on a bill, HB248, that would ban vaccine mandates for most entities. Republican leadership in the House granted approval for the health committee to reconvene at the request of committee chair… Read More

Sam Randazzo, now-former PUCO chair, testifies in the House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight

Lawmaker Disputes DeWine’s Claim That Randazzo’s FirstEnergy Ties Were Clear

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — FirstEnergy said it paid a bribe of more than $4 million dollars to Sam Randazzo before he became chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says he didn’t know about the bribe until late 2020, but insists that Randazzo’s past work with FirstEnergy was common… Read More

A technician from the Findlay College of Pharmacy fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Reynoldsburg, February 2021.

DeWine Signs Bill Banning Schools, Colleges From Mandating COVID-19 Vaccine Under Emergency Use

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COLUMBUS (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) has signed a bill into law that prohibits public K-12 schools, colleges, and universities from requiring people to get a vaccine if that vaccine does not have “full approval” by the Food and Drug Administration. This applies to the COVID-19 vaccine, which has been approved by the FDA through… Read More

Quicken Loans Arena, now Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, during 2016 NBA Finals

Sports Betting Awaits Ohio Lawmakers After Summer Break

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COLUMBUS (Statehouse News Bureau) — With the budget bill signed into law, legislators are looking ahead for the next big issues to be tackled after summer break. Among the conversations that’ll take place between now and when lawmakers return will be the future of sports betting in Ohio. While approaching the June 30 budget deadline, the… Read More

David DeVillers

Ohio On The Hunt To Recover $465M In Unemployment Fraud

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COLUMBUS (Statehouse News Bureau) — After nearly a year of dealing with massive fraud, Ohio is launching a multi-agency operation to search for the people who bilked the state out of hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment claims. Leaders say the probe will likely find scammers within Ohio and around the world. David DeVillers, former… Read More

A technician from the Findlay College of Pharmacy fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Reynoldsburg, February 2021.

Ohio COVID-19 Case Rate Drops Below Original Goal To Lift Health Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The COVID-19 case rate in Ohio has dropped to the lowest it’s been in a year. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) used the decreasing case numbers to call on people to get their vaccinations. The state saw a two-week average of 49.5 cases per 100,000 people. That’s the first time since… Read More

Jonathan Carlyle, 40, winner of the $1M "Ohio Vax-A-Million" Lottery.

Father Of Newborn Wins Second Vax-A-Million Sweepstakes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The latest winner of Ohio’s million-dollar vaccine lottery says the sweepstakes was the extra motivation he needed to go get the COVID-19 shot. Jonathan Carlyle, 40, was finishing a shift of delivering packages for Amazon when he found out he won $1M. Carlyle, father of a five-month-old baby, says winning… Read More

Mike DeWine wearing mask

Ohio Ending Mask Mandate For Vaccinated People Along With Compliance Enforcement

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — In a move to conform Ohio health orders with federal guidance, Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) announced people in Ohio will no longer need to wear masks except for certain situations. The new health order will allow people to stop wearing masks as long as they have received the COVID-19 vaccine…. Read More

A sign lists COVID symptoms

Ohio COVID-19 Case Ratio Drops For Two Consecutive Weeks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The metric the state is using to determine if health restrictions can be lifted continues to trend in the right direction. The state’s ratio of COVID-19 cases dipped again this week. The two-week average of cases per 100,000 people in Ohio is now at just over 155. That’s down from… Read More