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DeWine Rejects List Of PUCO Nominees

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is asking for a new list of candidates to potentially chair the state’s utilities regulatory agency. The former chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio resigned after the FBI raided his home. DeWine rejected the four candidates named by the PUCO Nominating Council. But he… Read More

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DeWine Asks Biden For More COVID-19 Vaccine, National Strategies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The transition from a Trump to Biden administration means changes for the nation’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says there’s one glaring issue the state needs help with moving forward. President Joe Biden and his staff have reached out to states to find out what changes… Read More

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DeWine Signs ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill Into Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) has signed the so-called “Stand Your Ground” bill, SB175, which removes the requirement for a person to retreat before shooting a person in self-defense. The move comes as DeWine has pushed for more gun regulations. DeWine signed the bill saying it improves Ohio’s self-defense law…. Read More

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Ohio Loosens K-12 Quarantine Restrictions For Students

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio students in K-12 schools no longer have to quarantine if they’re considered a close contact of another student who’s tested positive for COVID-19. For the first months of the school year, students were sent home for 14 days if they spent more than 15 minutes within 6 feet of… Read More

2020 Year In Review – Pandemic, Leadership Shake Up Leaves Bills On Cutting Room Floor

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio General Assembly has wrapped up one of the most tumultuous years in state history, with a pandemic, economic downturn, and bribery scandal all playing out at the same time. With so many moving pieces, there are hundreds of bills left on the table. At the beginning of… Read More

Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) introduces Aisha's Law in 2019.

Aisha’s Law Falls Short Of Passing Ohio Legislature In 2020

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A bill in the Ohio legislature that toughens penalties for domestic abuse and creates more protections for victims will not pass the General Assembly by the end of the year. The bill’s sponsor says she plans to reintroduce what’s known as Aisha’s Law in the new year. House Bill 3 is… Read More

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2020 Year In Review – Despite Nuclear Bailout Scandal, Republican Leaders Keep HB6

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House finished the bulk of its work with the Republican speaker saying the chamber will not take any action on HB6. The sweeping energy law that bails out nuclear power plants has been linked to the biggest alleged scandal in Ohio politics. In the course of seven… Read More

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House Passes ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill During Late-Night Session

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOUB) — The controversial gun law that removes the “duty to retreat” requirement before a person can use lethal force in self-defense was passed by the Ohio House. The debate over the so-called “Stand Your Ground” law happened late into the night Thursday. Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) proposed the amendment which was attached… Read More

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Ohio House Leaders Push One-Year Delay For Nuclear Bailout Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — House Republicans are moving a bill that delays nuclear power plant bailout, just months after leadership said they wanted a full repeal of the controversial law. The latest measure delays the $1 billion in subsidies for one year. The bill passed the House Select Committee on Energy Policy and… Read More

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Portman, Brown Pushing For New Round Of Federal COVID-19 Relief

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s two U.S. Senators are among the congressional leaders calling for passage of a new economic relief package. The senators say the bipartisan proposal can target areas hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says Congress should act now to pass the relief package which would… Read More

Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima, left) laughs with Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) after session on July 30, as Rep. Todd Smith (R-Farmersville) looks on. Cross is among the Republicans who have proposed bills to push back on Gov. Mike DeWine's public health orders.

Ohio Senate Cancels Voting Session After House Unable To Meet

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Senate cancelled a voting session for tomorrow, after the House scrapped its session for Wednesday. But the Republican House Speaker is refusing to say a COVID-19 outbreak among House members happened during committee meetings. Two House Republicans and two House Democrats have announced they’ve tested positive for… Read More

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Opponents Of HB6 Say Nuclear Bailout Freeze Is Not Enough

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — New charges are set to appear on everyone’s electric bills in Ohio to support a nuclear power plant bailout. While that bailout is linked to an alleged bribery scheme, House Republicans seem poised to freeze the law rather than repeal it. House leadership is signaling a freeze to the… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in December 2020

House, Senate Prepare For More than 100 Bill Hearings This Week

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House and Ohio Senate will be busy with more than 20 different committee meetings for more than 100 bill hearings as the legislature nears the end of lame duck session. Among the bills receiving a hearing is SB3, a criminal justice reform bill that changes drug sentencing laws… Read More

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Ohio Hospitals Running Low On Staff As COVID-19 Surges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Hospital officials from around the state of Ohio are laying out a dire situation as COVID-19 cases continue to increase in record numbers. While preserving hospital space and equipment is a challenge, the doctors said there’s a much more pressing concern at the moment. Hospitals around Ohio are running… Read More

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Sam Randazzo Resigns As PUCO Chair To Avoid Being A ‘Distraction’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s top utilities regulations official has resigned just days after FBI agents searched his home in an early morning raid. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) announced the departure of PUCO Chair Sam Randazzo, thanking him for his service. Along with the FBI raid, FirstEnergy filed an SEC report Thursday saying former… Read More

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FirstEnergy Execs Fired For $4M Payment To Entity Connected to Unnamed State Regulator

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — FirstEnergy’s filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission says former senior management members were fired after an internal investigation discovered certain executives made a $4 million payment to an entity with ties to an unnamed state regulator. FirstEnergy says the $4 million was payment to terminate a consulting agreement with… Read More

Rep. Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) presents his bill, HB772, to Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee.

Legislature Looking At Different Routes For Potential HB6 Repeal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — An Ohio Senate committee held a hearing on two different pieces of legislation that address the sweeping energy law, HB6, which creates more than $1 billion in subsidies for nuclear and coal plants. Legislators now have three options in front of them to deal with the bill connected to a… Read More

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Ohio GOP Leaders Call For Patience As States Count Votes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — While Ohio’s election results show a big win for President Donald Trump, leaders are voicing their support for other states as they continue to count votes in the presidential race. That includes some of the state’s top Republican officeholders. Trump spent the day after the election calling on officials… Read More

FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Execs Say Racketeering Investigation Poses ‘Challenge’ To FirstEnergy Earnings Objective

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — FirstEnergy held its first earnings call since announcing the departure of CEO Chuck Jones who was ousted as the result of an internal review related to a federal racketeering investigation. The utility says, although the company is under investigation in possible connection to a bribery scheme, earnings are still up…. Read More

Chuck Jones, FirstEnergy Corp CEO, after testifying before a Senate committee in May 2017.

FirstEnergy Fires CEO Chuck Jones After Internal Investigation

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The FirstEnergy Board of Directors has fired its CEO Chuck Jones after an internal investigation into the ongoing federal racketeering case. The announcement came just hours after two defendants in that case entered a plea agreement in court saying they’re guilty of the accusations. A statement from FirstEnergy says… Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Defendants File Plea Agreements In HB6 Corruption Case

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Federal court documents in the $61 million racketeering case shows two defendants are looking to change their “not guilty” pleas, which means they’ve reached a deal with federal prosecutors and are admitting to their roles in the alleged scheme. The investigation into the sweeping energy bill, HB6, alleges former House… Read More

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Columbus, Cincinnati File Lawsuit To Stop New Electric Bill Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Leaders in Columbus and Cincinnati have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop new charges from appearing on electric bills next year created through HB6, which is at the heart of an alleged corruption scandal. Federal prosecutors say a bribery scheme helped get HB6 passed into law. The bill,… Read More

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OSU Doctor Gives Tips For Best Home Ventilation To Mitigate COVID-19

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is rolling out updated guidelines for businesses and organizations to operate in the colder months to come and medical experts are sharing advise on how people can prepare for indoor visits that can still mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Dr. Mark Weir is director of… Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

FirstEnergy Says Yost’s Civil Case Does Not Have ‘Legal Merit’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — FirstEnergy is responding to a civil case filed against the company by Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio) saying the utility company plans to “vigorously” defend itself. FirstEnergy spokesperson Jennifer Young says the company has followed the law when it comes to making political contributions. “The attorney general’s lawsuit unjustly targets… Read More