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Rep. Scott Wiggam (R-Wooster) speaks in favor of SB22 on the House floor at the Ohio Statehouse.

Ohio Lawmakers Send DeWine Bill Limiting His Own Health Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House and Senate have passed a bill to limit states of emergency and health orders issued by the governor. Supporters say the change would allow for more accountability between the executive and legislative branches. The bill, SB22, allows lawmakers to revoke states of emergency and health orders. House Republicans say… Read More

Rep. Marilyn John (R-Shelby) at the House State and Local Government Committee.

House Holds Hearing On Bill Allowing Limits To State Health Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House has scheduled a possible committee vote on a bill that would limit states of emergency issued by the governor and allow legislators to rescind health orders. Supporters of the bill, SB22, say DeWine’s health orders are hurting small businesses and quality of life. They also say the… Read More

Sen. Matt Huffman explains his bill to reporters

State Senate President Calls Unemployment Issues ‘Catastrophic Government Failure’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The top leader of the Ohio Senate says the issues with the state’s unemployment compensation system represent a catastrophic government failure. Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) says Ohio’s unemployment compensation fund has been plagued by insolvency, technical issues and long wait times. “This catastrophic government failure is the result… Read More

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)

Brown Wants To Take On The Racial Homeownership Gap

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said systemic racism in home lending is one of the top priorities for the banking committee he now chairs. He wants to make racial equity a priority for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. His goal is to look at the… Read More

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

Lawmakers Propose Several Bills To Repeal, Change HB6

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Several bills have been introduced in the Ohio House and Senate to tackle the controversial nuclear power plant bailout bill, HB6. The measures range from a complete repeal of the bill at the center of a bribery investigation to repealing portions of the legislation. Rep. Dick Stein (R-Norwalk) proposed… Read More

A person is vaccinated at a clinic in Ohio

DeWine Threatens To Stop School Staff Vaccines If Students Don’t Return To Classroom

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is sending a warning to any school district thinking about not honoring its commitment to return to some form of in-person learning by March 1. He said the state might withhold vaccines if they don’t bring kids back to the classroom. DeWine said a large… Read More

COTA bus driving through downtown Columbus

State Budget Proposal Recommends 90% Cut To Public Transportation Fund

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The latest budget proposal from Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) includes cutting a public transportation fund by tens of millions of dollars. Public transit advocates say this puts the state headed in the wrong direction. The budget recommends a funding line for public transportation be cut from $70 million a… Read More

A row of desks in a classroom with a backpack hanging up on the back wall

Teachers Union Wants COVID-19 Education Plans To Consider Resources

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — School districts and communities are working on creating plans to improve student success and address the disrupted learning created by the COVID-19 pandemic. These plans could include a range of changes such as longer school years and additional tutoring, which could put a strain on teachers. Gov. Mike DeWine… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)

DeWine Adding Gun Regulations Into Budget Proposal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is bringing back his proposal to create more gun regulations which he says will reduce crime around the state. These were measures that failed to gain traction with lawmakers last year. DeWine’s so-called “Strong Ohio” plan expanded the ability to perform background checks on gun sales,… Read More

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

DeWine Previews Change Coming For Unemployment Filing System

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — People around Ohio are lodging complaints about the state’s unemployment compensation filing portal. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says an unprecedented influx of people applying for benefits continues to weigh down the system. DeWine says the state will soon be entering into a partnership with the private sector to help run… Read More

COVID-19 vaccine

School Teachers, Staff Report Issues Trying To Schedule COVID-19 Vaccine

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than 91,000 school teachers and staff around the state are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. But some educators say they ran into slow and unresponsive system while trying to sign up for the shot. School districts in 12 Ohio counties are able to sign up for the… Read More

ODJFS Building

State Working On Plan For Private Sector To Help Run Unemployment Filing System

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Thousands of Ohioans says they’re struggling to file unemployment claims through the state’s system that is slow and unresponsive. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says the state is doing a complete overhaul to address the issue. The high number of people in Ohio filing for unemployment, the extension of unemployment benefits,… Read More

Rob Portman

Portman Joins Most GOP Senators In Failed Attempt To Dismiss Impeachment Trial

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says forgoing a run for re-election does not change his approach to the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Some believe not running for another term takes political pressure off of Portman if he wanted to vote to convict Trump in the… Read More

Power lines

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

Mike DeWine wearing mask

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

Gov. Mike DeWine

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

A row of desks in a classroom with a backpack hanging up on the back wall

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

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

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

The Ohio Statehouse in December 2020

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

The Ohio Statehouse

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

Senators Portman and Brown

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