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Legal abortion supporters protest outside the Ohio Statehouse

Ohio House committee considers bill to ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) An Ohio House committee heard from supporters of HB598, a bill that would ban abortion immediately if the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling that overturns Roe v. Wade. A leaked draft opinion earlier this month indicated the majority of justices were ready to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling that… Read More

With baby formula shortage, Whaley says Ohio could do more to help families

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) As families struggle with the nationwide baby formula shortage, the Democratic nominee for Ohio governor wants to know why the state has not done more to relieve the stress — particularly for low-income Ohioans. Nan Whaley, Democratic nominee for Ohio governor, said other states saw the formula shortage happening earlier… Read More

Ohio Democratic lawmakers propose a constitutional amendment to protect abortion rights

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Democratic members of the Ohio House and Senate say about two-thirds of Ohioans agree women themselves should have the choice to decide whether to get an abortion. Yet they say Republicans — who dominate the Ohio Legislature by about a two-thirds majority in both chambers — have passed abortion restrictions in recent years and could… Read More

LaRose denounces ‘Great Replacement’ but reiterates support for Vance

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Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican, said he still thinks U.S. Senate Republican nominee J.D. Vance is the “right person for the job” when asked to respond to comments, made by Vance, supporting the “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory. Vance, who won the Republican nomination less than two weeks after receiving the endorsement of former… Read More

Voters cast ballots at the Franklin County Voting Center

Some Ohio voters who think they are independent might be shocked to learn they are not

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — If you ask people what their party affiliation is, they might tell you they are an independent or unaffiliated voter but that might not be true in some cases. People who consider themselves independent-thinking, unaffiliated voters are sometimes surprised to find they are actually listed on the Ohio Secretary… Read More

A person casts a vote in Grove City, just south of Columbus.

Ohio elections chief rejects claim of election problems by failed gubernatorial candidate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Joe Blystone, who came in third place in last week’s primary, is questioning the integrity of the May 3 election. But Ohio’s top elections chief said he’s confident the election was legitimate. Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican, said the primary vote is still being… Read More

Abortion Rights protestors outside of the statehouse

Abortion could have played a key role in Ohio’s gubernatorial campaign

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The leak of a U.S. Supreme Court majority opinion to overturn the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade came one night before Ohio’s primary, and it may have played a key role in how Ohioans voted on Election Day. Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, has signed every abortion bill… Read More

Abortion opponents (front row) and abortion rights supporters (dressed as handmaids in back) listen to testimony on an abortion bill in a committee at the Ohio Legislature

What could happen in Ohio if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — It appears the U.S. Supreme Court might be on its way to overturning the landmark decision that allowed abortion as a constitutional right throughout the country. A decision on a Mississippi case is expected this summer. But Monday night brought stunning news, with Politico releasing a draft of the… Read More

Abortion advocates unfurl a banner and shut down a vote in the Ohio Senate on an abortion bill, September 28, 2021

Ohio State University study calculates travel, cost for procedure if Ohio bans abortion

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — An Ohio State University study examined what the result could be for people seeking an abortion if it were not an option in Ohio. The study comes as lawmakers consider a bill that would make abortion illegal if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. The bill under… Read More

Protestors denounce abortion bills under consideration at Ohio Statehouse on Dec 4, 2018 at Ohio Statehouse

Bill would ban abortion in Ohio if U.S. Supreme Court allows states to decide the issue

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle unloaded several questions about a bill — that would outlaw abortion in Ohio if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade — during its first House committee hearing. Medical personnel would face prison time and fines under the bill which contains… Read More

John Cranley, former mayor of Cincinnati, responds to a question in the Ohio Gubernatorial Democratic Primary Debate with Nan Whaley, former mayor of Dayton, at the Paul Robeson Cultural & Performing Arts Center at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio

Democrats running for Ohio governor pitch their approach to pressing issues

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — When Democrats in Ohio cast their primary ballots for governor in this May 3 election, they’ll have to choose between two southwest Ohio former mayors. Nan Whaley, the former mayor of Dayton, is facing off against John Cranley, the former mayor of Cincinnati. The candidates were once colleagues as… Read More

A leaf from a cannabis plant

Efforts to legalize marijuana in Ohio get new life but faces opposition from top leaders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Some Ohio lawmakers are throwing their support behind an initiated statute that would legalize marijuana for Ohioans ages 21 and older — giving new life to the proposal on 4/20, a day when cannabis enthusiasts celebrate the plant. Rep. Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) said it’s time for Ohio lawmakers to pass… Read More

A Franklin County poll worker sets up a machine for an early in-person voter at the county's Early Vote Center

Early voting for Ohio’s May 3 primary is lagging behind 2018’s primary turnout

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Despite hotly contested races on the Republican and Democratic primary ballots, the turnout for early voting in Ohio is down nearly 30% compared to the number of ballots cast at this point in the 2018 primary four years ago. There are two weeks to go before the May 3… Read More

Early voters at the Athens County Board of Elections on Oct. 6, 2020

Leaders of Ohio’s elections say the second primary should be held on August 2

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A coalition of elections officials from around Ohio are underlining their call for a second primary to happen August 2 — and no later. Early voting is under way for Ohio voters to cast their ballot for statewide, congressional, and local races for the May 3 primary. But state… Read More

A generic tax bill

School leaders say a bill to change the property tax appeal process could hurt most Ohio taxpayers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State lawmakers have sent to Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) a bill that would limit the role of school districts and cities in the property tax challenge process. School districts contend if those changes are signed into law, the result will be tax shifting that will hurt the majority of… Read More

A Delaware County Board of Election worker sits at desk to check voters in during the November 2020 election

New Ohio bill resurrects old idea that requires voters to show a state-issued photo ID

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Throughout the past decade, various Republican Ohio lawmakers have backed bills to require voters to show their driver’s licenses or state-issued identification cards before casting ballots. It’s a controversial idea that has lost steam in previous legislatures. But Republican Sen. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) hopes this time will be… Read More

The Ohio Redistricting Commission in a meeting at the statehouse

Time is ticking for the Ohio Redistricting Commission as it decides whether to pass new legislative

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Today is the deadline for the Ohio Redistricting Commission to pass a fourth set of legislative maps to satisfy the Ohio Supreme Court. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he thinks the maps should be passed by midnight tonight. “The court order says we are supposed to approve a map…. Read More

A health worker grabs at-home COVID-19 test kits

Ohio’s health leaders say not to panic but prepare for another COVID variant

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Get those at-home rapid test kits ready. Make sure you are current on your COVID vaccines and boosters. Those are just a couple of the warnings from Ohio’s top health leaders when it comes to the next possible wave of the Omicron variant. Ohio Department of Health Director Dr…. Read More

Vaccine mandate opponents pray over Republican Rep. Jennifer Gross at Ohio Statehouse

Opponents of vaccine mandates in Ohio say they are not giving up after the latest rejection

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Attorney General Dave Yost has rejected the latest petition summary submitted by the group that wants a ban on mandatory vaccines – either enacted by lawmakers or, if they don’t pass it, by voters. This is the fourth time Yost has rejected the group’s language. He issued this statement… Read More

A person pulls a gun from the back of their pants. Their trigger discipline leaves something to be desired as their finger is brushing up against the trigger. They could easily Pelexico Burress themselves

DeWine signs bill to make it easier for people to carry concealed guns

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Over the objection of police groups and gun control advocates, Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) has signed into law a bill that would allow Ohioans to carry a concealed gun without first having to obtain a permit or take a training course. DeWine was in a precarious position with this… Read More

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff

Ohio is changing the way it reports COVID-19 data as the state heads into an endemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Department of Health is changing the way it reports data on its COVID website. Agency Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said the changes are in order since the state appears to be going into an endemic – meaning the virus is regularly found in the population. Vanderhoff said… Read More

Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey speaks about her opposition to an Ohio bill that would allow concealed carry without a permit on a video chat

Gun safety advocates urge DeWine to veto a controversial gun bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A group of gun control advocates is urging Republican Gov. Mike DeWine to veto Sub Senate Bill 215, legislation that would allow Ohioans to carry concealed weapons without a permit or training requirements. Hamilton County Sheriff Charmaine McGuffey is one of the law enforcement officials urging the veto. And… Read More