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Federal Lawsuit Over COVID Closures Dropped As Backers Change Legal Strategy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Opponents of Gov. Mike DeWine’s COVID restrictions and shutdowns have dropped their federal lawsuit they filed last fall, asking for the removal of the state of emergency that was declared in March. But that doesn’t mean the end of the legal fight is over. Attorney Robert Gargasz says the lawsuit was withdrawn due to a change in… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine gives a coronavirus update from his home on August 20, 2020.

Battle Between DeWine, Legislature Over Health Orders Is Set With Pending Veto

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) plans to veto a bill that would limit the scope of any state of emergency coming out of the governor’s office. This sets up a battle between DeWine and a possible override by the legislature. DeWine said the bill that would allow Ohio lawmakers to… Read More

Rep. Scott Wiggam (R-Wooster) speaks in favor of SB22 on the House floor at the Ohio Statehouse.

Ohio Lawmakers Send DeWine Bill Limiting His Own Health Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House and Senate have passed a bill to limit states of emergency and health orders issued by the governor. Supporters say the change would allow for more accountability between the executive and legislative branches. The bill, SB22, allows lawmakers to revoke states of emergency and health orders. House Republicans say… Read More

Rep. Marilyn John (R-Shelby) at the House State and Local Government Committee.

House Holds Hearing On Bill Allowing Limits To State Health Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House has scheduled a possible committee vote on a bill that would limit states of emergency issued by the governor and allow legislators to rescind health orders. Supporters of the bill, SB22, say DeWine’s health orders are hurting small businesses and quality of life. They also say the… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in December 2020

New Bill Would Take Away Consequences For Businesses That Violate COVID Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio lawmakers will look over yet another measure to pull back on Gov. Mike DeWine’s power to issue health orders. A new bill proposed by one of his fellow Republicans would take away penalties slapped on business owners cited for violating coronavirus orders. Republican Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova) said the Ohio Legislature has passed… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in December 2020

Bill To Limit DeWine’s Health Orders Passes In Ohio Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican lawmakers passed through the Senate the latest legislative action aimed at limiting the emergency powers of Ohio’s governor. A Senate bill introduced last month by lawmakers would establish “checks and balances” on fellow GOP Gov. Mike DeWine’s ability to issue and keep in place executive action during an emergency. The… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse

Republicans Propose Committee To Oversee, Strike Down Governor’s Health Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State lawmakers are starting their new session with an issue that dominated much of last year – the governor’s power to issue health orders that legislators might not like. Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) said his bill creates a bipartisan committee of lawmakers which could strike down an order from the… Read More

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Ohio Bill To Limit Power Of Governor Passes Legislature But Could Face Veto Fight

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine says he will veto a bill that’s headed for his desk that would restrict his authority to shut down businesses statewide in a future health order. The bill strips the governor’s authority to shut down businesses in health orders like the one DeWine did earlier this year…. Read More