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Many Ohio Businesses Won’t Likely Require Masks To Deal With Delta Strain Of COVID

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Now that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has advised all Americans, vaccinated or not, to wear masks indoors to prevent spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant, what will Ohio businesses and government do? In a written statement, the Ohio Department of Health reiterated Gov. Mike DeWine’s earlier comment that… Read More

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Ohio Department of Health

Top Doctors Issue A Dire Warning For Unvaccinated Ohioans

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After falling to levels not seen in over a year, COVID-19 cases in Ohio have more than doubled in the past couple of weeks due to the latest highly contagious Delta variant. And doctors are warning unvaccinated people that they, and their unvaccinated children, are at great risk of catching… Read More

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

Portman Says Infrastructure Bill Is Needed And Thinks It Is On Track For Passage

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — After lots of back and forth, Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator says he thinks the bipartisan infrastructure deal he’s been working on with President Biden’s administration will happen. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says he and fellow lawmakers in the bipartisan working group realize the need for money for roads and… Read More

Remnants of the COVID-19 Pandemic are seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

New Bill Would Ban Or Limit Mask Mandates In Ohio’s Schools And Businesses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s COVID-19 rates are on an upward trend, and less than half of the state’s residents have been vaccinated. Still, some lawmakers want to make sure Ohioans who don’t want to get vaccinated or don’t want to wear masks won’t feel compelled to do so. The latest bill would keep schools… Read More

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

New Bill Would Repeal Election Changes Made In New Budget

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COLUMBUS (Statehouse News Bureau) — There’s an effort underway to repeal provisions in the new two-year state budget that non-profit groups say will prevent them from educating Ohioans about the voting process. Gov. Mike DeWine and Sec. of State Frank LaRose, both Republicans, said they don’t think the language in the budget will prevent public-private collaboration on… Read More

A display of fireworks in a store in central Ohio

Bill To Legalize Fireworks In Ohio Implodes As DeWine Vetoes It

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COLUMBUS (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine has vetoed a bill that was passed by a large majority of legislators that would have allowed Ohioans to set off the big fireworks they can legally purchase here in Ohio. The bill would have allowed Ohioans who now must promise to take fireworks out of state to… Read More

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Unemployed Ohioans Want Representation On State Unemployment Panel

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Late last month, Ohio ended the extra $300 unemployment benefit that had been coming from the federal government, saying it would encourage Ohioans to get back to work quicker. Advocates for unemployed and low-income Ohioans disagree, saying that decision is shortsighted and hurts families. The Executive Director of the… Read More

Gov. DeWine signs Name, Image & Likeness Executive Order

DeWine Signs Order To Allow Name, Image & Likeness When Ohio Legislature Failed To Pass Bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After a bill that would allow college athletes in Ohio to profit from their name, image or likeness became ensnared in Statehouse politics last week, Governor DeWine has taken the issue in his own hands by signing an executive order. Ohio State University lobbied hard for the bill that would allow… Read More

One of three students receives a Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during Gov. Dewines visit Monday, April 12.

State Issues Urgent Appeal To Prevent Johnson & Johnson Vaccines From Expiring

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There are 200,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Ohio that will expire later this month. Gov. Mike DeWine has issued an urgent communication to vaccine providers to ask them to distribute as many doses as possible as quickly as possible. If you have been wanting the… Read More

Dr. Patty Manning-Courtney, Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Docs Say Children, Their Parents, And Some Adults Should Continue To Wear Masks

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s statewide pandemic health orders have expired. And while the mask mandate has also been lifted, doctors said there are people who should still be wearing masks. Dr. Patty Manning-Courtney with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital said there are children there right now who are quite sick with COVID. And since kids 11 and under… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine signs SB263 into law on January 6, 2021.

Gov. DeWine Signs Bill To Provide Housing Assistance To Low-Income Ohioans Hurt By Pandemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Governor Mike DeWine has signed into law a $465 million bill meant to help lower-income Ohioans pay for rent and mortgages. The new law (HB 167) has widespread support and passed through the Ohio Legislature without opposition. DeWine said it will help Ohioans who are facing eviction because of the pandemic…. Read More

John Kennedy shows his vial of insulin to reporters on Zoom call

State Dems Urge Congress To Pass Bill To Lower Drug Prices

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There’s a bill in Congress Democrats say would help lower the price of prescription drugs. Some state representatives here are pushing to get it passed. In 2019, the Democrat-led Congress passed a bill to give Medicare the power to negotiate for lower drug prices. It went nowhere. But John… Read More

Stephanie McCloud, director Ohio Department of Health

New Health Orders For Facilities That Serve Senior Citizens

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Department of Health director has signed some new orders dealing with the care of older Ohioans. ODH Director Stephanie McCloud signed an order that reopens senior day cares and senior centers, and another that amends testing requirements for staff at residential care facilities and nursing homes. Now, fully vaccinated staff… Read More

Rep. Tim Ryan

Congressman Tim Ryan Makes It Official – He’s Running For The Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After months of speculation, Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Niles) has made it official – he’s running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman. Ryan has been in Congress since 2003, though his district has been moving to the right in recent… Read More

Nurse administers shot at Columbus clinic

Vaccine Privilege: Public Health Experts Say Wealthier Ohioans Have It

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — If you look at Ohio’s vaccination dashboard right now, you’ll see many of Ohio’s highest income counties and those with the highest education levels have the higher vaccination rates. Public policy health leaders say that’s just what they’d expect right now. Dr. Ayez Hyder, assistant professor  at the College of Public… Read More

The lobby of a medical cannabis dispensary.

Ohio Increasing The Number Of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state will soon more than double the number of medical marijuana dispensaries. And it’s also changing the process for granting licenses for dispensaries. Businesses can apply for 73 new dispensary licenses, bringing the total allowed to 130 statewide. The new licenses will be awarded through a lottery process after… Read More

Annes Kitchen, Powell, Ohio

Restaurants Statewide Having Trouble Finding Enough Staff For Summer

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s restaurant and bar owners say they expect business to pick up this summer. But they are worried about having enough employees to handle the business. Ohio Restaurant Association President John Barker said restaurant and bar owners are telling him they’re having a hard time trying to hire enough staff… Read More

The Ohio State Fair

No Ohio State Fair For The Public This Year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — If you’ve had a hankering for the deep fried doughnut hamburger you weren’t able to get on the Ohio State Fair midway last year, you will have to wait a little longer. The Ohio Expositions Commission said members are concerned about public health and don’t know what the COVID-19… Read More

A graphic for abortion legislation

Another New Ohio Abortion Law Is Temporarily Put On Hold

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — For the second time this week, a new Ohio abortion law has been put on hold. This one affects the use of telemedicine in abortions. A Hamilton County judge temporarily blocked the law that prevents doctors from using telemedicine to write prescriptions for medical abortions. The hold lasts until… Read More

A campaign ad for Bernie Moreno

Cleveland Car Dealer Bernie Moreno Running For U.S. Senate

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Cleveland area car dealer Bernie Moreno is the latest Republican to throw his hat in the ring to run for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Sen. Rob Portman. A campaign video by Moreno says “radical ideology” is rising in America. “If we are going to protect this country… Read More

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New Abortion Law Won’t Be Enforced For Now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A law that requires burial or cremation of fetal tissue from an abortion will not go into effect Tuesday as planned. An Ohio judge granted a preliminary injunction, stopping enforcement of the new law requiring fetal remains from an abortion be buried or cremated. Abortion clinics had requested this delay,… Read More

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Bill Would Allow Ohio Nursing Home Residents To Have Security Cameras

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Many Ohioans have security cameras inside their homes but Ohio law prohibits residents who live in assisted living or long-term care nursing facilities from having them. A bill has been proposed in the Ohio Legislature to change that. Democratic State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) said her bill would allow residents… Read More

Ohio Department of Aging Director Ursel McElroy joined Gov. Mike and Fran DeWine for the first COVID vaccine among Ohio nursing home residents, at the Crown Point Care Center in Columbus in December.

Ohio Posts List Of Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Sites Not Disclosing Vaccine Info

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There have been more than 6,900 COVID deaths in Ohio nursing homes – 38% of all the deaths in the state. Now Gov. Mike DeWine made public a list of nursing homes and assisted living facilities that have not asked for the vaccine or said their staff and residents… Read More

The Sigma Pi house

Collin Wiant’s Mother Backs State, Federal Anti-Hazing Legislation

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The death of 20-year-old Stone Foltz, a Bowling Green State University sophomore who died this month after an alleged fraternity hazing incident, has renewed calls for change at the state and federal level. Kathleen Wiant’s son, Collin, died at an Ohio University off-campus fraternity house in 2018. “For the last weeks of Collin’s… Read More