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House Minority Caucus Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)

State Lawmaker says ‘Root’ of Racial Health Disparity Must Be Addressed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — House Minority Caucus Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) is criticizing the state’s plan to address racial health disparities during the coronavirus pandemic saying the strategy Gov. Mike DeWine is taking is good but not enough, calling it “too little, too late.” Sykes says Ohio could have been targeting resources and culturally… Read More

A gym with no one in it

Lake County Judge Rules Gyms Can Open Now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci has issued a preliminary injunction against the state’s public health order closing gyms and fitness centers. The attorneys representing gyms say this ruling has wider implications. Lucci called the Ohio Department of Health’s orders to close gyms “oppressive” and “arbitrary” in his ruling that… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse

Senate Rejects House Attempt to Scale Back Health Director Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Senate unanimously rejected an Ohio House measure that would’ve scaled back the power of state public health orders. Senators blasted the House amendment, saying it undermined health experts and created too many unintended consequences. Both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate criticized the House amendment, which would have… Read More

unemployment

State Reports Data Breach for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Applicants

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Deloitte, a consulting company contracted by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), is investigating a data breach in the system launched last week to pay benefits to 1099 and self-employed workers. A mass message was sent to applicants letting them know that their personal information was left unconcealed for… Read More

Lake Erie

Uncertain Future for Fund Dedicated to Cleaning Lake Erie

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The latest round of state budget cuts to offset the economic impact of COVID-19 has caused many departments to reevaluate their programs, this includes the H2Ohio fund which sets money aside to keep Lake Erie, and other water sources, clean. H2Ohio is a $172 million program to help reduce… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Forms Working Groups for Next Reopening Phase

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is taking the first step in slowly reopening businesses, beginning with health care procedures and work at dentists’ and veterinarians’ offices. Gov. Mike DeWine says companies following strict safety measures is not only in the best interest of public health but for the future of their business. The state’s coronavirus response moves… Read More

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted

More Changes Underway for Ohio’s Unemployment System

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state is preparing to release the new unemployment numbers Thursday as the agency that processes jobless claims continues to experience challenges. But leaders say a new round of improvements is coming. People trying to file for unemployment say they’re experiencing long wait times, having trouble filing their claims… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks to reporters

DeWine says Ohio is Collaborating with White House on Plans to Reopen State

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Part of Ohio’s response to COVID-19 is planning how to begin allowing businesses to reopen after the Stay At Home order is set to expire on May 1. As Gov. Mike DeWine has been discussing how those plans look in Ohio, President Donald Trump suggests the decision comes from… Read More

The U.S. Capitol

Brown, Portman Talk Next Steps in Federal COVID-19 Response

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The federal government is in the process of sending out checks to most Americans as part of the stimulus package responding to the economic fallout of the coronavirus. U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) talk about some of the next steps they’d like to see from Congress…. Read More