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Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) at a press conference with other Ohio House Democrats in 2019.

“Worker Protection Act” Proposed to Help Those Who are at Risk from Working Conditions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As Ohio opens for business again, many workers have qualms about returning to their jobs. Some Democrats are proposing a bill they say will protect those workers. Rep. David Leland sat on the House committee that heard from business owners who wanted to reopen. But he says the panel never heard from… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio National Guard Deploys to Test Nursing Home, Congregate Care Staff and Residents for COVID-19

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio National Guard will deploy across the state beginning this week to help expand COVID-19 testing at Ohio’s 960 nursing homes. Gov. Mike DeWine announced the effort during his regular coronavirus briefing. Guard members would work as part of more than a dozen so-called Congregate Care Unified Response teams… Read More

House Minority Caucus Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)

State Lawmaker says ‘Root’ of Racial Health Disparity Must Be Addressed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — House Minority Caucus Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) is criticizing the state’s plan to address racial health disparities during the coronavirus pandemic saying the strategy Gov. Mike DeWine is taking is good but not enough, calling it “too little, too late.” Sykes says Ohio could have been targeting resources and culturally… 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

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DeWine: Wearing Masks Shouldn’t be Political Issue

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says wearing masks while in public during the coronavirus pandemic should not be a political issue. DeWine was reacting on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday to North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s call for “support and encouragement” for those wearing masks since they may be protecting someone vulnerable… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Minority Strike Force Team Unveils First Recommendations

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WVXU) — Cincinnati Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman, a member of Ohio’s Minority Strike Force team assembled during the COVID-19 pandemic, joined Gov. Mike DeWine’s Thursday briefing to reveal the first steps the team is taking to combat inequalities in the state’s response. “We’ve all been working incredibly hard,” Smitherman said. “The recommendations being formulated,… Read More

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Ohio State Fair Canceled for 2020 Due to Coronavirus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — This summer’s Ohio State Fair is the latest event to be scuttled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Ohio Expositions Commission voted unanimously on Thursday morning to cancel the 2020 fair, which was scheduled for July 29-August 9 at the fairgrounds in Columbus. Members say it would be too difficult to adhere to social… Read More

A gym with no one in it

Lake County Judge Rules Gyms Can Open Now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci has issued a preliminary injunction against the state’s public health order closing gyms and fitness centers. The attorneys representing gyms say this ruling has wider implications. Lucci called the Ohio Department of Health’s orders to close gyms “oppressive” and “arbitrary” in his ruling that… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse

Senate Rejects House Attempt to Scale Back Health Director Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Senate unanimously rejected an Ohio House measure that would’ve scaled back the power of state public health orders. Senators blasted the House amendment, saying it undermined health experts and created too many unintended consequences. Both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate criticized the House amendment, which would have… Read More