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Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton holds up a mask as she gives an update at MetroHealth Medical Center Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Cleveland, on the state's preparedness and education efforts to limit the potential spread of a new virus which caused a disease called COVID-19. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, watches.

Amy Acton Steps Down As DeWine’s Chief Health Adviser

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Dr. Amy Acton, the chief health adviser to Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), is officially leaving the administration. This is another transition for Acton who resigned as director of the Ohio Department of Health in June, concluding a long, high-profile journey. When it came time for newly-elected governor DeWine to form his… Read More

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High School Sports Officials Requesting Changes To Health Order

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A revised health order continues to state that contact sports teams cannot conduct games with other teams, and cannot allow spectators at their scrimmages. High school sports officials say they’re working with state leaders to make changes. The latest health order limits contact sports in Ohio to inter-team scrimmages, with no spectators, and… Read More

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Ohio Alcohol Sales Restricted As COVID-19 Cases Remain High

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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

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Ohio Pharmacy Board Reverses Decision On Hydroxychloroquine

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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

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DeWine Joins Call For Dark Money Transparency

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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

Then-Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) walks journalists through the latest changes to a bill that rolled back clean energy mandates in 2016.

Lawmaker Says HB6 Benefits Ratepayers With ‘Lower Electric Costs’

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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

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Lawmakers Set Sights On Dark Money Transparency

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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

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FirstEnergy CEO Reacts To Racketeering Investigation, Says Company Acted Properly

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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

Larry Householder

State Leaders Considering Next Steps After Householder’s Arrest

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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

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Lawmakers Crafting Legislation To Repeal HB6

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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

Battelle employees process N-95 masks in the Critical Care Decontamination System.

State Seeks To Build Up PPE Supply With Grant Program

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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

Secretary of State Frank LaRose joins Seventh Son Brewery and Rhinegeist Brewery for new collaboration toast

Ohio Toasts New Voter Registration Initiative With Craft Breweries

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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

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Group Proposes Bolstering Kinship Care To Improve Children Services

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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

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Brown, Portman Support Expanding Broadband Access

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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

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How Schools Can Help Students Experiencing Racial Trauma

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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

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Advocates Call For Unemployment Compensation System Reform

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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

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Ohio Schools Make Pandemic Preparations For New School Year

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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

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DeWine Warns Of Flare Up In COVID-19 Cases In Southwest Ohio

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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

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

From Recruitment To Reviews, DeWine Proposes Changes To Law Enforcement

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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

Sen. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City)

Senate President Rebukes Huffman’s Comments, Calls For Bias Training

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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

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) talks with reporters following an Ohio Senate session through a teleconference from his office.

State Lawmakers Approve CARES Act Funding Distribution

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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