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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

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

Ohio House Elects Bob Cupp As Speaker After Householder’s Removal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — State Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) will take over as Ohio House Speaker following the removal of Larry Householder. The Ohio House reconvened Thursday afternoon to conduct the vote. Cupp, a former Ohio state senator and Ohio Supreme Court justice, was nominated for the position by state Rep. Timothy Ginter (R-Salem). “I’ve come… Read More

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to reporters after session on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Ohio House Votes To Remove Larry Householder As Speaker

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — The Ohio House voted unanimously to remove Larry Householder as Ohio House Speaker, just minutes after a federal grand jury indicted Householder and four others in a $60 million racketeering conspiracy connected to last year’s nuclear bailout bill. With Householder absent, speaker pro tempore Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) called the Ohio House into session. Proceedings… Read More

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

AG Says House Needs Law To Remove Speaker, Not Just Majority Vote

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — With a vote set to remove House Speaker Larry Householder tomorrow morning, there’s apparently a disagreement among Republicans on how that can happen. House Republicans say their rules indicate a simple majority of 50 votes can remove Householder as speaker, though the motion to remove Householder will be one that all… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Joins Call For Dark Money Transparency

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The effort to shed more light on campaign contributions is gaining momentum with the support of Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio). He says these so-called dark money groups that donate millions of dollars into political expenditures need more transparency. As DeWine points out, it’s not against the law for independent expenditure groups to make political… Read More

In this July 18, 2016 file photo, Speaker of the Ohio House Larry Householder speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Ohio GOP Sets Course To Remove Speaker Accused Of Bribery

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican state representatives in Ohio signaled their intent Tuesday to remove the disgraced House speaker arrested last week in connection with a $60 million federal bribery probe, in a secret vote prompted by Larry Householder’s refusal to voluntarily give up the seat. The House will meet Thursday to consider a resolution… Read More

Petitioner gathering signatures for HB6 referendum

Lawmakers Set Sights On Dark Money Transparency

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lawmakers are introducing bills that require more transparency when it comes to dark money groups in political campaigns. The bills are in reaction to an alleged racketeering scheme involving a dark money organization and Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford). One bipartisan bill, HB737, would create reporting requirements for entities that make political… Read More

Larry Householder

State Leaders Considering Next Steps After Householder’s Arrest

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republican lawmakers say they’re working on how to move forward given the recent arrest of House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford), who now faces federal racketeering charges. This could set up a new fight to become the next speaker. If Householder were to resign or be removed, his second-in-command Rep…. Read More

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina, left) stands alongside Gov. Mike DeWine during DeWine's first State of the State speech in March.

DeWine Says He’ll Call Special House Session To Replace Speaker If Necessary

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After Larry Householder’s arrest on racketeering charges, his future as Ohio House Speaker may be cloudy – though he hasn’t said clearly if he will resign. Gov. Mike DeWine has called for Householder to quit, and says he’ll consider taking action if his fellow Republicans in the House do… Read More

Perry Nuclear Power Plant

Lawmakers Crafting Legislation To Repeal HB6

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State lawmakers are quickly putting a proposal together that would repeal the energy laws created through House Bill 6. It’s a sweeping energy bill that bailed out two nuclear power plants along with making other big changes. However, the bill is now at the center of a federal racketeering… Read More

Ohio House of Representatives

Some State Leaders Calling For Speaker Householder To Resign Following His Arrest

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — It’s been just over 24 hours since Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder was arrested and charged with bribery and racketeering. And since that time, the chorus calling for his resignation has grown. It didn’t take long for Householder’s fellow Republicans Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. John Husted, and Attorney General Dave Yost to… Read More

became HB6, sparking a long debate on nuclear, coal, and green energy.

Nuclear Power Plant Bailout At The Center Of Federal Corruption Case

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) has been arrested in connection to a $61 million public corruption racketeering conspiracy case. He and four other defendants are alleged to have been critical players in the push to pass a controversial piece of legislation that upended the state’s energy policy. U.S…. Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Vetoes Limit On Penalties For Health Order Breaches

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed a bill Friday, as promised, that would have prohibited criminal penalties for violations of state or local health orders related to the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation, which was sponsored by state Sen. Theresa Gavarone, a Bowling Green Republican, would instead have allowed fines of not more… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse

Democratic Ohio House Members Are Furious About How COVID19 Issues Are Being Handled

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republican House Speaker Larry Householder’s office is reinstituting its work from home policy. This comes after at least one House employee was put on administrative following testing positive for COVID-19. And some Democratic members are furious, saying they’ve been kept in the dark. Ohio House Representative Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park)… Read More

A couple of fireworks

Despite Attempts From Some Ohio Lawmakers, Backyard Fireworks Are Still Illegal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Sales of backyard fireworks are booming, at least partly because the pandemic has canceled public fireworks shows. But it’s still technically illegal to set them off here because a bill has stalled in the Senate. Ohio law requires people who purchase fireworks here to transport them out of the… Read More

Sen. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City)

Senate President Rebukes Huffman’s Comments, Calls For Bias Training

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The top leader of the Ohio Senate, Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), has rebuked the racist comments made by Sen. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) during a committee hearing. Huffman drew sharp criticism after using the term “colored population” during a committee hearing on a resolution, SCR14, that would declare racism as… Read More

The end of an Ethernet cable

Ohio’s Broadband Bill Passes House But Still Needs Approval From The Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Nearly one million Ohio households lack reliable broadband service and of that, there are 300,000 that don’t have any service at all. The Ohio House has passed a bill that would help bring broadband to those area. It’s now up to Senators to pass the plan. Republican Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Westerville) says his bill… Read More

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) talks with reporters following an Ohio Senate session through a teleconference from his office.

State Lawmakers Approve CARES Act Funding Distribution

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State lawmakers approved hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding to help local governments recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The vast majority of Ohio House and Senate members approved a bill, HB481, that includes $350 million from the federal CARES Act. The money will go to local townships and municipalities. Senate President Larry… Read More

Sen. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City)

State Sen. Under Fire For Racially Insensitive Question At Hearing On Racism

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A Republican state senator from the Dayton area has lost his job as an emergency room doctor after asking a racially insensitive question at a hearing on a resolution to declare racism a public health crisis. Sen. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) has issued a statement saying his question was “unintentionally… Read More

Office of Budget and Management director Kimberly Murnieks

Ohio Handles One Budget Shortfall, But Another Deficit Is Looming Soon

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Using three quarters of a billion dollars in cuts and some reserve cash and federal Medicaid funding, the state of Ohio has staved off a budget deficit for the fiscal year that ends on June 30. But there’s a huge shortfall ahead for the year that begins on July 1…. Read More

A Confederate shirt at a county fair.

Ohio Lawmakers Reject Amendment That Would Have Banned Sale Or Display Of Confederate Flag At Fairs

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lawmakers in a House committee rejected a proposed amendment that would have banned the sale and display of the Confederate flag at county fairs in Ohio. Democratic Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) wanted to add the amendment to a bill that allows county fairs to hold events during the COVID19 pandemic…. Read More

This Aug. 1 2018 photo shows a board at Harrah's casino in Atlantic City, N.J., listing the odds on pro football games in the first week of the NFL season. Resorts casino will begin taking sports bets in person on Wednesday, Aug. 15, becoming the fifth Atlantic City casino to do so.

Sponsors Of Ohio Sports Betting Bills Optimistic On A Deal

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Sponsors of Ohio’s legislative efforts to make sports betting legal believe the House and Senate can work out a compromise despite differences on who would regulate it. The House overwhelmingly approved legislation in late May to put the Ohio Lottery Commission in charge of sports betting and give much of the tax… Read More

The sponsors of the Senate resolution, Sen. Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) and Sen. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) offer proponent testimony. The lone Republican who signed on, Sen. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton, bottom left) is among those looking on.

Resolution Declaring Racism A Public Health Crisis Gets First Hearing

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than 50 people were signed up to speak out at the first hearing in the Ohio Senate for a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. They were some of the more than 130 people and groups who provided written testimony in support of the proposal backed by eight Senate… Read More