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Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina, left) stands alongside Gov. Mike DeWine during DeWine's first State of the State speech in March.

DeWine Pours Out Details of H2Ohio Water Quality Program

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Gov. Mike DeWine has released details of his plan to improve water quality in Ohio, starting with preventing toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie.  The H2Ohio program will start in the Maumee River watershed near Toledo but he wants to eventually broaden it to rest of the state. DeWine said agricultural runoff is the biggest contributor… Read More

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DeWine Says Addressing Increase in Uninsured Children is a Priority

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There are about 133,000 children in Ohio that do not have health care insurance, according to a report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The study analyzed census data from 2016 to 2018 and found Ohio had the fifth largest rate of increase of uninsured children. Researchers found this was a national trend with… Read More

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DeWine Orders Review of Parole Board Policies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered a review of the state parole system following the alleged involvement of a recently released offender in a crash that killed two 6-year-old-cousins. Defendant Raymond Walters has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to 22 charges including murder in the August crash. Police say… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

DeWine Suggests no Executions at all in Ohio This Year

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For the first time in three years, there likely won’t be an execution in Ohio this year. That’s according to Gov. Mike DeWine, who says an execution planned for December probably won’t go forward. James Galen Hanna is set to die for a Toledo murder in 1978 on Dec. 11. But DeWine has doubts. “No, I… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine delivers his first State of the State address

DeWine Signs Law Enhancing Ohio Efforts Against Cyberattacks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a bill aimed at enhancing Ohio’s resilience to cyberattacks, including those aimed at its election systems. The measure signed Friday adds a chief information security officer at Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office who will work to enrich both state and county election security technology efforts…. Read More

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DeWine Declares ‘Positive Start’ to Talks Over Opioid Money

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says about 100 lawyers and other interested parties have made a “positive start” on deciding how the state ultimately might spend millions of dollars it could receive from settlements in the national opioid litigation. The Republican governor told The Associated Press he hopes the meeting he convened… Read More

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Ohio Governor Convenes Talks With Lawyers in Opioid Lawsuits

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he has convened a meeting with the state attorney general and lawyers for cities and counties involved in the national opioid litigation to discuss how millions in settlement dollars might be spent. The Republican governor told The Associated Press he expects about 90 people… Read More

Sen. Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) talks about the state budget last year.

Sponsor Of DeWine’s Gun Bill Defends Proposal, Saying It Will Pass

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The sponsor of Gov. Mike DeWine’s gun violence proposal said it’s a plan that can pass – though it’s getting criticism for not including mandatory background checks or a red flag gun seizure law. Sen. Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) said there’s a simple reason the required background checks plan DeWine called for right after the Dayton mass shooting isn’t… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at a press conference

DeWine Stands Strong On Gun Violence Package, Even After Mixed Reviews

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Gov. Mike DeWine says he’s confident his STRONG Ohio gun violence package will be enacted into law, in spite of the chilly reception he’s gotten from both Republicans and Democrats. DeWine pushed back at Democrats’ criticism that the STRONG Ohio plan is weak, saying it wasn’t written by the gun lobby. He also defends not including required background checks, which he… Read More

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GOP Ohio Governor’s Gun Plan Doesn’t Include ‘Red-flag’ Law


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s new proposals to address Ohio gun violence in the wake of the Dayton mass shooting don’t include background-check requirements for gun sales or a so-called “red-flag” law to restrict firearms for people perceived as threats, despite his earlier support of those ideas. Instead, his administration on Monday… Read More