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The seven-member Ohio Redistricting Commission is made up of five Republicans - co-chair Speaker Bob Cupp, Gov. Mike DeWine, Auditor Keith Faber, Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Senate President Matt Huffman. There are two Democrats on the commission: co-chair Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and House Minority Leader Emiilia Sykes (D-Akron).

A Lawsuit Has Been Filed Over Maps That Preserve Republican Supermajorities In The Ohio House And Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As expected, a lawsuit has been filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Ohio against the new four-year Ohio House and Senate district maps, which experts say are gerrymandered to preserve Republican supermajorities in both chambers. The lawsuit… Read More

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Presidential Race, Change In Suburbs Key Elements In General Assembly Races

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As always, the Ohio ballot features the presidential and Congressional races at the top, and next up are those for the state legislature. The entire Ohio House and half the Senate, both of which are controlled by Republicans, are up this year, as the presidential race is close. And… Read More

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House Again OKs ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban; Senate Fate Dim

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A ban on most abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat has once again cleared the Ohio House, leaving the rest of the two-year session for advocates to lobby the bill’s opponents in the Ohio Senate. Wednesday’s approval followed a startlingly emotional floor debate in which one veteran female lawmaker revealed she’d been raped and… Read More

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Ohio Bill Would Allow Workers’ Compensation For Police PTSD

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Emergency responders with post-traumatic stress disorder could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits even if they don’t have physical injuries under an Ohio proposal. The legislation considered Tuesday by an Ohio Senate committee would apply to police, other peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians with PTSD arising from work. One sponsor, Democratic Sen. Edna… Read More