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FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Ohio GOP Lawmakers Favor Remake Of Tainted Energy Bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There appears to be consensus among Republican lawmakers to replace a bill tainted by an alleged bribery scandal to provide $1 billion in subsidies to two Ohio nuclear plants. Some say they support most of what’s in the bill known as HB6 but want its replacement to include audits proving the… Read More

Gov. DeWine signs unemployment overhaul

Auditor Will Look Into Unemployment Application Process Under New Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A new law that sends $650 million in federal CARES Act money to Ohio communities to help with pandemic-related costs also includes a potential overhaul for the process to apply for unemployment benefits. The law requires Auditor Keith Faber to review and make recommendations on the efficiency of the unemployment… Read More

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West Virginia Delegate Resigns After Slurs Appear Online

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia House Speaker Roger Hanshaw says a Republican House delegate has resigned after homophobic messages attributed to him circulated online. John Mandt Jr.’s resignation from the West Virginia House of Delegates was effective at the end of Saturday, Hanshaw said in a statement. Mandt, a Republican from Cabell County, was… Read More

Attorney General Dave Yost

Judge: Energy Company Can Continue Donations To Lawmakers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge rules that Ohio’s attorney general’s effort to block an energy company and its affiliated entities from donating to lawmakers is an infringement of First Amendment rights. A Franklin County judge denied Attorney General Dave Yost’s attempt to stop campaign contributions to Ohio lawmakers from First Energy while the House… Read More

FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Committee Adjourns On Eve Of Deadline To Repeal Bailout Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House committee set up to determine the fate of the law now tainted by a $60 million federal bribery investigation adjourned for the coming weeks with no immediate plans for repeal in place. Lawmakers left Wednesday’s hearing of the House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight with no… Read More

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DeWine Says He Will Sign Bill That Prevents Local Bans On Things Like Plastic Bags And Styrofoam

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Legislature has passed a controversial bill that bans communities from passing bans on containers like plastic bags or Styrofoam.  Gov. DeWine, who once opposed the idea, is signaling he’ll sign this bill into law. The bill preventing cities from passing bans on plastic bags and single use containers… Read More

Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) takes the oath as Speaker after his election to that office on July 30.

House Speaker’s ‘Boy Scout’ Reputation Comes With Murky Past

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There were some whispers among the Republican caucus that Bob Cupp should be the person to lead the Ohio House. It was 2018. The federal investigation into the previous House speaker had left the dais empty for months and the chamber at a standstill. But Cupp, who has served in all three branches… Read More

Rep. Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati) during Ohio House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight.

House Dems Say HB6 Repeal Taking Too Long

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House is planning another hearing on a potential repeal of HB6, the legislation that which big changes to Ohio energy laws and bailed out nuclear power plants. Opponents of HB6 are growing frustrated with the process saying it should be repealed now. HB6 is at the center… Read More

Rep. Grendell addresses the House following her election to the 76th district seat

Republican Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Cancel COVID State of Emergency

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A Republican representative who’s been critical of Ohio’s response to coronavirus has proposed a bill to cancel the state of emergency order from March – the foundation of many of the state’s COVID restrictions. Rep. Diane Grendell (R-Chesterland) said things could, in her words, “go back to normal” with no state of… Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Opponents Say Poll Shows Little Support For HB6

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A group calling for the repeal of a sweeping energy law that bailed out nuclear power plants says they have public opinion on their side. The coalition of organizations against HB6 says polling shows little support for the legislation at the center of a federal corruption investigation. A group of environmentalists, government watchdogs… Read More

The Statehouse building

Top Leaders In Ohio Senate Under Quarantine After One Tests Positive for COVID-19

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Sen. Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House), the Ohio Senate President Pro Tempore, has tested positive for COVID-19. Peterson, along with Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) have placed themselves under quarantine. A spokesperson for the Senate Majority Caucus says Peterson is doing “ok.” Peterson even participated in Monday’s virtual meeting of… Read More

Rep. Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) testifies before the Ohio House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight.

Ohio House Holds Hearings On HB6 Repeal Proposal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House has started hearings on a potential repeal of HB6, the sweeping energy law that bails out nuclear power plants. A federal investigation alleges the bill is at the center of a large corruption scheme involving then-House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford). A key argument in the debate… Read More

Perry Nuclear Power Plant

House Committee To Hold 1st Hearing On Repeal Of Bailout Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — House lawmakers planned a Thursday hearing to begin repealing and replacing a nuclear plant bailout law. The law is at the center of a $60 million federal bribery probe and which led to the ouster of the former GOP House speaker. Newly elected House Speaker Bob Cupp created the House Select… Read More

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) speaks to reporters after session on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

Ohio Senate President Says He Favors “Straight Repeal” Of Nuclear Bailout Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) has appointed the members of a committee that will consider the nuclear bailout law at the center of a $61 million federal bribery case that led to the ouster of former Speaker Larry Householder.  Democrats say Republicans are slowing down the repeal process with a new committee. But in… Read More

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

Ohio House Speaker Calls On Indicted Predecessor To Resign

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The GOP speaker of the Ohio House on Tuesday called for his predecessor, a fellow Republican under federal indictment in a $60 million bribery scheme, to resign his seat and leave the General Assembly. Newly elected Speaker Bob Cupp called Rep. Larry Householder’s return to the Statehouse following his July 21… Read More

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to reporters before session on September 1. It was the first time he was back in the House since being stripped of his speakership in July.

Indicted Former Speaker Returns To Work, Defending Himself And Nuclear Bailout Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House came back to work Tuesday. And Republican Rep. Larry Householder did too, for the first time since he was ousted as speaker after he was indicted in an alleged bribery scheme involving the nuclear bailout law he championed. “I’m not going to cause any problems here. I mean, I’m just coming here… Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Ohio House Creates New Committee For Nuclear Bailout Repeal Debate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republican leaders in the Ohio House have announced the creation of a new committee to hold hearings on the potential repeal of HB6, a nuclear power plant bailout bill at the center of an alleged $60 million corruption scheme. Newly-elected House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) says the House Select… Read More

Larry Householder leaving federal court after arraignment

Former Ohio House Speaker Needs More Time To Find Lawyer

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The former speaker of the Ohio House says he needs more time to find a lawyer to defend him against a conspiracy charge related to an alleged $60 million bribery scheme. Republican Rep. Larry Householder and four others are accused of shepherding $60 million in energy company money for personal and… Read More

Larry Householder leaving federal court after arraignment

Bill Would Require Ohio Lawmakers Convicted Of A Crime To Make Restitution

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — While Ohio House members removed former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder from his leadership post amid a public corruption investigation into his activities, he remains an active member of the general assembly. Now, some of his colleagues are now pushing a bill that could make him pay restitution for his… Read More

Handguns in a display case

Review Finds Mentally Incompetent Ohioans Have Current Gun Licenses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohioans who have been deemed by a court to be mentally incompetent are not allowed to possess firearms or have concealed carry licenses. Yet a recent cross-check of databases by the state’s Attorney General showed more than three dozen mentally ill Ohioans still had active concealed carry permits. Ohio Attorney General Dave… Read More

Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) takes the oath as Speaker after his election to that office on July 30.

Who Is Speaker Bob Cupp? Lawmakers Weigh In

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Two weeks ago, Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) was arrested on a federal racketeering charge related to the nuclear bailout law he championed, and wouldn’t say if he would resign. His House colleagues unanimously stripped him of his leadership and the GOP majority installed a new speaker, the third in two years. And… Read More

A mask above an eviction notice

Ohio Bill Aims To Help Ohioans Being Evicted Due To COVID19 Income Losses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As COVID-19 related job losses continue to affect thousands of Ohioans, many are in danger of losing their homes. A bill that’s been introduced by a Democratic state representative could help some of them. David Leland (D-Columbus) is sponsoring a bill that would set aside 10% of the state’s rainy-day fund, about… Read More

Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima, left) laughs with Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) after session on July 30, as Rep. Todd Smith (R-Farmersville) looks on. Cross is among the Republicans who have proposed bills to push back on Gov. Mike DeWine's public health orders.

New Ohio House Speaker Must Work To Unite GOP Caucus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — While all but three Republicans voted for him publicly, sources say Bob Cupp (R-Lima) he beat House Speaker Pro Tem Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) by just one vote in a private session. One thing Cupp will have to deal with some Republican lawmakers’ continuing concerns over the state’s response to… Read More

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) is congratulated after his election as Speaker of the Ohio House in January 2019.

FBI Agents Search Ex-Ohio House Speaker’s Statehouse Office

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal authorities have executed a search warrant in the Statehouse office of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder. The search for Householder’s personal belongings took place Friday, a day after the chamber he formerly led voted to strip him of his leadership role. Householder, a Republican, has been implicated in a… Read More

A bottle of hydroxychloroquine

Ohio Pharmacy Board Reverses Decision On Hydroxychloroquine

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state pharmacy board changed its decision to ban the use of hydroxychloroquine for treating COVID-19. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) called for a more thorough investigation into the drug. DeWine says Ohio’s pharmacy board should have held a full hearing before ruling that hydroxychloroquine cannot be used to treat… Read More