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Legal abortion supporters protest outside the Ohio Statehouse

A controversial amendment has been added to an Ohio abortion bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — An amendment has been added to a bill sponsored by Republicans in the Ohio Senate that would create a new penalty of “abortion manslaughter” that could be used to prosecute doctors who fail to provide medical care to a fetus after an incomplete abortion. Democratic Sen. Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati)… Read More

Signs advertising candidates for Columbus School Board dot the landscape outside of the Franklin County Board Of Elections on Morse Road in Columbus.

Many of Ohio’s local school board candidates getting large contributions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Not only are there more candidates running for school boards in Ohio this year, but they are also spending more on their campaigns. And it’s difficult to find out exactly how much more. Follow the money. That’s the mantra from reporters and good government groups who are trying to… Read More

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Ohio Department of Health

New quarantine guidance for Ohio’s K-12 schools means students can stay in class

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is changing its guidance on quarantining kids who have been exposed to COVID in a school setting. The change comes after a pilot program in Warren County showed students could stay in school, wearing masks, without spreading the virus. And this is meant to keep kids learning in… Read More

Advocates for foster children on Zoom, talking about the bill

Ohio bill would give foster children a “bill of rights”

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Two Democratic Ohio lawmakers are sponsoring what’s being called the “Foster Youth Bill of Rights” that they say will give at least 15,000 children in the state’s custody more knowledge about their options and give them more of a voice in their care. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports the… Read More

Students hold their backpacks supporting school choice legislation.

A Proposed Bill Would Allow All Ohio Kids To Attend Private Schools Using State Dollars

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — About 35,000 Ohio K-12 students currently receive state-funded vouchers to attend private schools under the EdChoice program. But there’s a new bill that would make it possible for all of the state’s students to get vouchers if they want them. Columbus resident Ben Douglass said his second-grade daughter was… Read More

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Ohio Democrats Want A Cybersecurity Investigation Into Fraudulent Jobless Claims

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Some of the victims whose identities were stolen for fraudulent unemployment claims say they are getting notices to pay back that money from the state agency that handles those payments. Some Democratic lawmakers say they want that agency to focus its energy on figuring out how the fraud happened instead…. Read More

Supporters of a controversial vaccine mandate ban bill rally at Ohio Statehouse

Watered-Down Version Of Vaccine Mandate Ban Is Introduced In Ohio Legislature

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The sponsor of a controversial bill all mandatory vaccines (HB 248) is trying to force it to the House floor for a full vote. Rep. Jennifer Gross (R-West Chester) has pulled a discharge petition that would put it on the floor for a full vote in the Ohio House… Read More

Refugees from Afghanistan, Syrian and Balkan Countries board a train in Munich, Germany.

Refugees Are Coming To Ohio. Here’s Why And How They’re Doing It

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio received 855 refugees from Afghanistan so far. More could be coming in the future. Gov. Mike DeWine’s spokesman Dan Tierney said refugees themselves might want to go with family members that live in certain states. But Ohio doesn’t get to pick and choose refugees to come here. “This… Read More

Hospital Hallway

Some Ohio Hospitals Are At Or Nearing Capacity Right Now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Some Ohio hospitals are reeling from the recent uptick in COVID cases on top of already existing staffing shortages. Two Southern Ohio hospitals have already hit their ICU capacity and he fears others could do the same soon, according to the Ohio Hospital Association’s John Palmer. The problem, he… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in Spring

Ohio Redistricting Commission Gets An Earful At Weekend Hearing On Proposed Legislative Maps

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Members of the panel that will approve new maps for Ohio House and Senate districts were lambasted Sunday by Ohioans who attended a public hearing in Dayton that went on for more than four hours. Overwhelmingly, those who spoke said the maps being considered are hyper-partisan. Connie Sheets, a… Read More

Hospital Hallway

The Number Of Children With COVID In Some Major Ohio Pediatric Hospitals Is Increasing

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At least 20 kids are hospitalized at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and a quarter of them are in the facility’s intensive care unit. Dr. Rustin Morse, the chief medical officer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, says the number of kids being hospitalized continues to grow. “It is concerning to see that the pediatric… Read More

College Classroom

Public Education Leader Says “Critical Race Theory” Is Not Being Taught In Ohio’s K-12 Schools

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Protestors have descended on public school board meetings throughout Ohio to protest critical race theory – a concept taught in graduate schools that explores racism in history and policy. The head of the state’s largest teacher union says there’s a lot of misinformation out there about it and he wants to set the record straight…. Read More

Concerns Over Ohio’s New Redistricting Process: Is It Happening As Voters Intended?

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When the current lines were drawn for Ohio House and Senate and Congressional districts ten years ago, much of that work was done by a handful of Republican lawmakers behind closed doors. Since then, Ohioans have passed new rules for the redistricting process to make it more open and accountable. But there are, once again,… Read More

graphic reading education

School Choice Backers Want Legislation To Compel More Public School Districts To Allow Open Enrollment

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A Christian conservative group is among those advocating for school choice, and they say many good suburban schools throughout Ohio are not allowing open enrollment. They are working to get a bill that would change that. The Buckeye Institute’s Greg Lawson says current law allows people to enroll their kids in neighboring public school districts…. Read More

A technician from the Findlay College of Pharmacy fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Reynoldsburg, February 2021.

Lawmakers To Hear Testimony On A Controversial Anti-Vaccine Bill

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An Ohio House Committee will hear testimony later this morning on an anti-vaccination bill that would ban businesses, schools, and other entities from requiring any vaccines. The bill (HB 248), sponsored by Rep. Jennifer Gross (R- West Chester) would not only prevent mandates on COVID vaccines but also shots for childhood illnesses like measles. It… Read More

Ohio on a map

Ohio Hospitals Are Seeing More Children With Respiratory Viruses Right Now

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Doctors with children’s hospitals in Ohio say they are seeing an increase in respiratory viruses right now, at the same time COVID cases are increasing. Dr. Michael Forbes with Akron Children’s Hospital says they normally see cases of the dangerous respiratory virus known as R-S-V in the winter months. But not right now at the… Read More

In this March 21, 2018, file photo, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley listens during a city council meeting in Cincinnati. Cranley has made it official: he's running to be governor of Ohio. With the launch of his campaign, he joins his friend, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, in the Democratic field.

Cincinnati Mayor Officially Enters The Race For Governor

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CINCINATTI (Statehouse News Bureau) — Cranley has been saying he’s running for governor for months. But now, he’s making it official. Cranley said Cincinnati was going through some tough times when he became mayor. But he said he brought the city back and wants to do the same for Ohio. “Ohio needs a comeback and… Read More

A poll worker helps a voter to a machine at Franklin County's early voting center in Columbus on Sunday, March 15. In-person voting for the March 17 primary was cancelled the next day and the mail-in deadline was extended to April 28.

Voters To Decide Primaries For Congressional 11th And 15th Districts Today

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Early voting has ended for special election primaries in Ohio’s 11th and 15th Congressional districts. Election day is Tuesday. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said low turnout is pretty common in August special elections like this one because many people are on vacation and not thinking about voting…. Read More

A mask up sign on a trash can on Court Street in Athens

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