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Democratic Ohio House Members Are Furious About How COVID19 Issues Are Being Handled

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republican House Speaker Larry Householder’s office is reinstituting its work from home policy. This comes after at least one House employee was put on administrative following testing positive for COVID-19. And some Democratic members are furious, saying they’ve been kept in the dark. Ohio House Representative Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park)… Read More

Red paint used by protestors in a demonstration against police brutality in June took several days to remove.

Bill Would Allow Attorney General To Prosecute Those Who Damage State Buildings

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Recent vandalism to the Ohio Statehouse and other high- profile government buildings has prompted an outcry from some of the state’s top leaders. Now, Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow the Ohio Attorney General to go after those who damage public buildings. Republican Rep. Jeff LaRe… Read More

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Some Unemployment Will Be Extended In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — An extra 20 weeks of unemployment compensation will be made available to eligible Ohioans once they have exhausted their other benefits. Bret Crow with Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the state’s unemployment is high enough that some Ohioans will be able to get an extension. “This… Read More

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Residential Real Estate Market In Ohio Robust Despite Pandemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The COVID19 pandemic has hurt a lot of businesses but not the residential real estate market in Ohio. And there are a couple of factors that are at play here. Ohio Board of Realtors President Chris Reese says she’s never seen a real estate market like this one. “Low, low… Read More

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Planned Parenthood To Use Telehealth To Provide Some Of Its Services

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Many of Ohio’s doctors are already using telehealth to connect to their patients, especially during this pandemic. Now, Planned Parenthood says it is going to do the same thing for some of its services. Laurel Powell with Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio says the group will be using telehealth… Read More

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Despite Attempts From Some Ohio Lawmakers, Backyard Fireworks Are Still Illegal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Sales of backyard fireworks are booming, at least partly because the pandemic has canceled public fireworks shows. But it’s still technically illegal to set them off here because a bill has stalled in the Senate. Ohio law requires people who purchase fireworks here to transport them out of the… Read More

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Central Ohio Pediatrician Seeing New Trends In Coronavirus Pandemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — During the past couple of weeks, the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus has increased. And some doctors say they are seeing some other trends. Pediatrician Rachael Morocco says she’s seeing more  children coming into her practice with COVID like symptoms. “We’ve also seen an uptick in asymptomatic… Read More

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New Study Says Lack Of Good Childcare Is Hurting Businesses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A new report from a group of business leaders shows many Ohio companies cannot get back on their feet because their employees no longer have affordable day care options. Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Jed Metzger says businesses in his area of the state are telling him… Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling On Abortion Doesn’t Affect Ohio’s Similar, Yet Different, Law

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled a Louisiana law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital is an undue burden and unconstitutional. But abortion rights activists say the ruling doesn’t affect a similar law in Ohio. Ohio’s law requires abortion clinics to have transfer agreements with nearby hospitals. It’s different… Read More

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Ohio Has A New Law To Allow Religious Expression By Public School Students

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Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a law that allows students in public schools to express their religious beliefs. Republican Sen Matt Huffman (R-Lima) says if the choir can announce there’s practice after school, a religious based club will be allowed to do the same. But he says there are limits. “Students couldn’t get on the p.a. to say… Read More

Lawmaker Wants Slavery Clause Removed From Ohio’s Constitution

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  Ohio’s constitution bans slavery except for one reason. And at least one Black lawmaker wants that exception stripped from the state’s governing document. Democratic Sen. Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) said the clause that allows slavery as the punishment for a crime needs to be removed from the state constitution. When the Ohio Constitution was ratified in 1851,… Read More

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Group Gathering Petitions For Voter Reform Ballot Issue Gives Up Its Effort

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A group that wanted to put voter reforms such as guaranteed 28 days of early voting, same day registration and voting and automatic registration at the BMV on the fall ballot has dropped its effort. Getting more than 440,000 valid signatures needed by July 1 to put an issue on the November ballot… 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.

Elections Officials Need Poll Workers Now For November Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Voter turnout in Ohio has been around 70 percent in presidential election years, and elections officials think turnout will be high this year as well. But with lingering concerns related to the pandemic, they say it’s going to be important to get as many Ohioans as possible to vote early this November. The… Read More

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Ohio’s Broadband Bill Passes House But Still Needs Approval From The Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Nearly one million Ohio households lack reliable broadband service and of that, there are 300,000 that don’t have any service at all. The Ohio House has passed a bill that would help bring broadband to those area. It’s now up to Senators to pass the plan. Republican Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Westerville) says his bill… Read More

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Court Dismisses Charges Against Restaurant Over Reopening After COVID19 Shutdown

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A court in eastern Ohio has dismissed a case that brought criminal charges against the owner of a diner in Cambridge for failing to comply with rules set forth in the state’s reopening plan for restaurants. This was the outcome the state’s Attorney General had requested. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost admits the owner of the National Road… Read More

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Ohio Lawmakers Reject Amendment That Would Have Banned Sale Or Display Of Confederate Flag At Fairs

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lawmakers in a House committee rejected a proposed amendment that would have banned the sale and display of the Confederate flag at county fairs in Ohio. Democratic Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) wanted to add the amendment to a bill that allows county fairs to hold events during the COVID19 pandemic…. Read More

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Ohio Sues Two Companies For Making Illegal Robocalls

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio has joined six other states in suing a pair of Texas-based businesses, saying they have blasted Ohioans with more than 59 million illegal robocalls offering extended car warranties and health care services. Attorney General Dave Yost says the companies have illegally used spoofing – making the call look like it’s… Read More

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Food Stamp Recipients Can Now Use EBT Cards For Online Payment For Groceries

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Shortly after COVID-19 shut down much of Ohio, Gov. DeWine announced food stamp recipients would be allowed to use the drive-up grocery shopping service provided by many stores. Now, there’s another option available to those who want it. Bret Crow with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said… Read More

Voters cast their ballots on Election Day in McArthur, Ohio.

Two Different Plans To Address Potential Problems In November’s Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has formed a task force with local and statewide elections officials to prepare for the November election. He’s pushing legislation that would make changes for November but Democrats have their own bill to do that. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says the Ohio… Read More

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Federal Appeals Court Stays Lower Order Allowing Group More Time to Collect Petition Signatures

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A federal appeals court has dealt a blow to a group that’s trying to put changes to voting laws on this fall’s ballot. A federal court stayed a lower court ruling that gave the group more time and allowed for electronic signatures. The court’s order means the group will have to collect… Read More

Voters cast their ballots on Election Day in McArthur, Ohio.

Groups Call for Election Reforms Before the November Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — COVID-19 closed down the March primary election, and lawmakers extended the absentee ballot deadline to late April.  Voter rights groups are asking state lawmakers to reform voting laws now, to avoid confusion before the November election. But they are not necessarily on the same page when it comes to which… Read More