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Criminal investigators in Ohio are getting help from the feds to solve crimes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Attorney General Dave Yost, a Republican, said the state’s crime fighting efforts are improving thanks to a partnership that can help law enforcement analyze ballistic evidence faster. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) will now have a direct link to the National Correlation and Training Center — a… Read More

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DeWine signs $3.5B Ohio capital budget noting a key difference from past spending measures

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, has signed the $3.5 billion capital budget into law. Like previous capital budgets, this one includes money for improvements to public facilities and waterways but this one is different in one significant way. DeWine said the state normally issues bonds to cover many of the… Read More

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Ohio House Democrats slam language in trans athlete ban as ‘state-sanctioned sexual abuse’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Democratic lawmakers in Ohio are blasting language in a proposed House bill that would require a student athlete to get an invasive exam if someone lodges a complaint questioning their sex. The bill, HB151, was amended to include a ban on transgender athletes from participating in women sports both… Read More

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Ohio lays out time frame to launch sports betting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State regulators have laid out the time table over the next seven months in order to be prepared for one of the largest simultaneous launches of sports gaming in the country. Ohio will have three different types of sports betting licensed, and all three are scheduled to go into… Read More

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Coalition representing low-income and working Ohioans unveils plans for election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A coalition of groups representing Ohio workers and low-income residents has kicked off a campaign to promote a progressive agenda in the Buckeye State. After launching its campaign at the Ohio Statehouse, the coalition intends to take its message statewide before the November election. All In For Ohio pulls… Read More

Erin Merryn, survivor of child sexual abuse and author, testifies at Ohio Senate Primary and Secondary Education Committee.

Survivor of child sexual abuse speaks out in Ohio Senate committee

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Senate Primary and Secondary Education Committee heard testimony from a survivor who has made it her life’s work to tour the country and put an end to child sexual abuse. Erin Merryn stood before the Senate committee holding her newborn baby in one arm and her childhood… Read More

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Ohio lawmakers condemn Canadian government in House while granting lucrative deal in Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — On the same day the Republican-dominated Ohio House voted for a resolution to put Canada on the religious freedom watch list, the Ohio Senate passed a bill to reward an exclusive deal to a Canadian business to run the state’s lottery. The Senate bill, SB269, lays out the authority… Read More

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Ohio House approves bill allowing doula services to be covered by Medicaid

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A bill to expand access to doula services is moving to the Ohio Senate after receiving a near unanimous vote out of the Ohio House. Doulas are professional labor assistants who work with pregnant people to provide physical and emotional support throughout pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. The proposed law,… Read More

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Republicans on Ohio Redistricting Commission ignore supreme court order for new maps by Monday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republicans on the panel charged with drawing new House and Senate district maps said they will ignore an order from the Ohio Supreme Court to produce a sixth attempt at new maps by Monday. The decision comes as the state gets ready for an August primary for legislative districts after… Read More

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Republicans in the Ohio House vote to put Canada on a federal watch list

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House passed a resolution (House Resolution 194) late Wednesday night that urges the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to add Canada to a religious freedom watch list. Republican Rep. Tim Ginter (R-Salem) backed the resolution for the way Canada handled lockdowns of churches and actions it… Read More

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In late night, last minute move, Ohio House passes ban on transgender athletes in girls sports

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — It was after 11 p.m. Wednesday when members of the Ohio House of Representatives voted to attach an unrelated, controversial amendment to a bill that provided resources and mentorship opportunities for new teachers. That education bill had bipartisan support until the amendment, which would prevent trans athletes from participating… Read More

Hundreds of nurses concerned over staffing levels and workplace violence during the COVID-19 pandemic rallied at the Statehouse for more legal protections.

Democratic Ohio lawmaker planning for bill to protect nurses from being attacked at work

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The COVID-19 pandemic brought an escalation of attacks against medical professionals, including nurses, at work. The American Nurses Association reports a quarter of nurses say they’ve been attacked while at work, but it’s estimated half of those workplace violence issues go unreported or unnoticed because of inadequate tracking. At… Read More

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Several bail reform measures on the table for Ohio lawmakers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There are five different pieces of legislation in the Ohio General Assembly that would make significant changes to the state’s laws on bail, which includes a proposed statewide ballot issue. The topic of bail reform has been discussed in the Ohio Statehouse for years, but it gained renewed interest… Read More

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Ohio Democratic Party sues DeWine over FirstEnergy, nuclear bailout law records

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration, saying they’re breaking the state’s public records law in turning over documents with information blacked out. The lawsuit demands those documents related to the House Bill 6 corruption scandal be turned over without the redactions.Democrats are searching… Read More

Nan Whaley, former Dayton mayor, announces Cheryl Stephens as her running mate in the 2022 Ohio gubernatorial race.

Nan Whaley wins the Democratic nomination in Ohio gubernatorial primary, AP says

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DAYTON, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley won the nomination in the state’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, according to a projection by The Associated Press. Whaley is the first woman to win a major party’s nomination in an Ohio gubernatorial primary. She defeated former Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley in a race that… Read More

Governor Mike DeWine and Fran DeWine visit Heritage Hall College of Medicine on Monday, April 12, 2021, in Athens, OH.

Ohio Gov. DeWine wins GOP nomination for 2nd term in office

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has won his party’s nomination for governor. DeWine on Tuesday topped three far-right opponents, including ex-U.S. Rep Jim Renacci. The four-way Republican primary played to DeWine’s advantage as voters upset with his strict pandemic policies split their support among his challengers. DeWine will be a favorite… Read More

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Ohio legal marijuana backers sue over disputed petition deadline

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of recreational marijuana legalization in Ohio have sued state legislative leaders in an anticipated dispute over whether a referendum can appear on the state ballot in November. Ohio’s secretary of state submitted petitions on behalf of Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol to the Legislature Jan. 28, giving lawmakers four… Read More

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Bill would ban abortion in Ohio if U.S. Supreme Court allows states to decide the issue

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle unloaded several questions about a bill — that would outlaw abortion in Ohio if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade — during its first House committee hearing. Medical personnel would face prison time and fines under the bill which contains… Read More

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School leaders say a bill to change the property tax appeal process could hurt most Ohio taxpayers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State lawmakers have sent to Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) a bill that would limit the role of school districts and cities in the property tax challenge process. School districts contend if those changes are signed into law, the result will be tax shifting that will hurt the majority of… Read More

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New Ohio bill resurrects old idea that requires voters to show a state-issued photo ID

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Throughout the past decade, various Republican Ohio lawmakers have backed bills to require voters to show their driver’s licenses or state-issued identification cards before casting ballots. It’s a controversial idea that has lost steam in previous legislatures. But Republican Sen. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) hopes this time will be… Read More

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Ohio Senate leader suggests COVID funds could pay for second primary after maps are approved

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A primary for just Ohio House and Senate races will be set later this year, after Republicans on the redistricting commission failed to pass maps that the Ohio Supreme Court found constitutional. Ohio House and Senate races are not included in early voting now going on for the May… Read More

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Lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment to change Ohio’s bail system

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House is holding hearings on a resolution that would require courts to consider public safety and a person’s criminal record when determining that defendant’s bail. The measure has become a hot button topic in the legislature with disagreement among members on both sides of the aisle as… Read More

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House Republicans introduce Ohio version of the so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lawmakers are proposing legislation in Ohio that would ban schools from teaching about “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” to students kindergarten through third grade. The bill, HB616, is similar to language used in a Florida measure which came to be known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. It is also legislation… Read More

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Advocates for low-income, minority Ohioans call on House speaker to stop “divisive concepts” bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Advocates for low-income and minority Ohioans are blasting a Republican-backed bill that goes beyond banning the teaching of so-called “divisive concepts” or what some call “critical race theory” in just K-12 schools. And they want a key Republican leader to halt the bill entirely. House Bill 327 would prevent K-12… Read More

State Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) was elected the Speaker of the Ohio House following the removal of Larry Householder.

Federal judges considering Ohio redistricting lawsuit, but lawmakers have no plans to move primary

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Early voting starts next week for the May 3 primary, but right now it’s unknown when voters will decide Ohio House and Senate races. They’re not on that ballot because there are no constitutional district maps. And state lawmakers are waiting on a panel of federal judges to make… Read More