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KSU freshman Thomas Jahnke is tested for COVID-19 in October at the KSU Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement. Health Departments will receive rapid antigen tests that can be administered at home under a deal announced Thursday by Gov. Mike DeWine.

State Launches Partnership to Provide Rapid, In Home COVID-19 Testing; Curfew Will be Extended

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — Ohio’s public health departments are getting something Gov. Mike DeWine says they’ve wanted for a long time: rapid, in-home COVID-19 tests. DeWine today announced a partnership the state is entering with Abbott Labs and digital health care company, eMed to administer the rapid antigen tests. The state will spend $50 million CARES… Read More

Study Says Ohio Needs To Reinstate Corporate Income Tax

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is one of only six states in the country that doesn’t have an income tax on corporate profits. A liberal leaning think tank that studies public policy says that needs to change. Zach Schiller, Policy Matters Ohio research director, says while the pandemic has hurt many small businesses, big… Read More

A small dog is attended to at an outdoor vet event

New Law Meant To Help Vets And Pets

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A new law signed over the weekend aims to help pets and the veterinarians who care for them. It’s no secret that veterinarians often have a lot of student loan debt. And shelters throughout the state often are full because of overpopulation. Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) says this law will help pets and vets. “Vets can… Read More

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo Kimberly Hall, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, looks over a photo display outside her office, in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio Unveils Limited Plan To Pay Relatives Caring For Kids

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has unveiled its plan to aid people who take custody of children they’re related but who aren’t licensed foster parents. The program addresses a gap between payments to non-licensed relatives and licensed foster care parents. Ohio has been under pressure from child advocates to follow a 2017 court ruling ordering… Read More

Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) introduces Aisha's Law in 2019.

Aisha’s Law Falls Short Of Passing Ohio Legislature In 2020

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A bill in the Ohio legislature that toughens penalties for domestic abuse and creates more protections for victims will not pass the General Assembly by the end of the year. The bill’s sponsor says she plans to reintroduce what’s known as Aisha’s Law in the new year. House Bill 3 is… Read More

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

2020 Year In Review – Despite Nuclear Bailout Scandal, Republican Leaders Keep HB6

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House finished the bulk of its work with the Republican speaker saying the chamber will not take any action on HB6. The sweeping energy law that bails out nuclear power plants has been linked to the biggest alleged scandal in Ohio politics. In the course of seven… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in December 2020

Legislature Passes Legislation To Prevent Costly Surprise Medical Bills

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Late Tuesday night, the Ohio Senate passed a plan that would stop Ohioans from receiving surprise medical bills from out of network providers. The plan, which had passed the House earlier, is now on its way to Gov. Mike DeWine. The president of the Ohio Association of Health Plans,… Read More

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina)

Ohio Senate Adjourns Without Overriding Gov. DeWine’s Veto Of Controversial Bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Senate adjourned without overriding Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto of a bill that restricted his ability to issue health orders to shut down businesses. Senate President Larry Obhof says his members have been working out differences with DeWine, his fellow Republican. And Obhof says another bill (Sub HB609) the Senate passed late… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Anti-Death Penalty Advocates Pleased DeWine Says Lethal Injection Appears “Impossible”

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Anti-death penalty advocates are reacting to comments from Gov. Mike DeWine, who said in an Associated Press interview that lethal injection “appears to us to be impossible from a practical point of view”. DeWine stopped executions after he took office last year, after a federal judge found Ohio’s lethal injection method… Read More

Construction on Licking Heights High School last year. That is among many school building projects funded by the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission, which gets money from the capital budget.

Ohio Lawmakers Get First Look At Long-Delayed Capital Budget

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lawmakers are finally getting a look at the $2.5 billion state capital improvements budget, delayed for months by the pandemic. State budget director Kim Murnieks told the House Finance Committee the state’s infrastructure and construction budget prioritizes the needs of state government, K-12 and higher education with projects that create… 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.

Ohio Senate Cancels Voting Session After House Unable To Meet

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Senate cancelled a voting session for tomorrow, after the House scrapped its session for Wednesday. But the Republican House Speaker is refusing to say a COVID-19 outbreak among House members happened during committee meetings. Two House Republicans and two House Democrats have announced they’ve tested positive for… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse building

Finance Committee Chair: Ohio School Funding Overhaul Is Dead In Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A key Republican lawmaker says the Cupp-Patterson school funding plan that passed the House overwhelmingly is dead in the Senate. Senate Finance Committee chair Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) said he applauds those from both parties who spent years on the Cupp-Patterson plan, which was discussed extensively before being formally introduced in… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in December 2020

House, Senate Prepare For More than 100 Bill Hearings This Week

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House and Ohio Senate will be busy with more than 20 different committee meetings for more than 100 bill hearings as the legislature nears the end of lame duck session. Among the bills receiving a hearing is SB3, a criminal justice reform bill that changes drug sentencing laws… Read More

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

Chair Of Committee Hearing Nuclear Bailout Repeal Bills Puts Foward A Delay

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There’s a new twist in the possible repeal of Ohio’s controversial nuclear bailout law – a plan to delay the $150 million the state will collect next year for its two nuclear power plants. It comes from the head of a special House committee hearing proposals to repeal the bailout…. Read More

A row of desks in a classroom with a backpack hanging up on the back wall

School Funding Bill Sponsor Hopes To See It Passed Before He Leaves Office

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The term-limited sponsor of a plan to overhaul Ohio’s school funding system says he’s hopeful it will pass before he leaves the House at the end of this month.  The measure could be voted on in a House committee Wednesday. Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) got two-thirds of… Read More

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo Kimberly Hall, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, looks over a photo display outside her office, in Columbus, Ohio.

Child Advocate: Foster Care Lawsuit Necessary After Inaction

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An advocate for people who take custody of children they’re related to says a lawsuit seeking to boost payments for those children’s care was made necessary by the state’s inaction. Barbara Turpin is with the Ohio Grandparents/Kinship Coalition. She says she’s hopeful a federal lawsuit filed last week against the state… Read More

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, and his wife Fran, walk into their residence after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Bexley, Ohio.

Ohio Governor Sees Growing Criticism From Fellow Republicans

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It’s been a rough few days for Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine as he faces growing dissatisfaction within his own party. President Donald Trump has gotten DeWine’s loyal support but still suggested another Republican should challenge him in 2022. Statehouse Republicans have pushed a series of bills seeking to limit DeWine’s… Read More

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Pastors, Religious Groups Speak To Ohio Fairness Act

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WOUB Digital · Ohio Capital Journal Reporter Susan Tebben Reports On The Ohio Fairness Act COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ohio Capital Journal) — Religious leaders across the state had their turn to speak on the Ohio Fairness Act, though many spoke on issues that were taken out of the bill as soon as the committee hearing began…. Read More

The Ohio Statehouse behind trees

Ohio Bill To Limit Power Of Governor Passes Legislature But Could Face Veto Fight

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine says he will veto a bill that’s headed for his desk that would restrict his authority to shut down businesses statewide in a future health order. The bill strips the governor’s authority to shut down businesses in health orders like the one DeWine did earlier this year…. Read More

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Gun Bill To Be Considered During Ohio’s Lame Duck Session


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio lawmakers were supposed to take up a controversial gun bill this week that would have allowed concealed weapons in more places and expanded access for gun owners but that has been delayed until after Thanksgiving. Amendments have been added to an existing bill that deals with antique gun… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Ohio Senate OKs Death Penalty Ban Of Severely Mentally Ill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers voted to pass a bill banning the execution of the severely mentally ill during a lame duck legislative session. The House legislation informally passed during a Senate session after receiving broad support from Republicans and Democrats in the General Assembly. A spokesman for GOP Senate President Larry Obhof says… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Deflects Questions On Public Utility Official Searched By FBI

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has deflected questions regarding an FBI search of the Columbus home of the the state’s top utility regulator. DeWine at a coronavirus briefing on Tuesday said “we’re waiting for additional information” about the search of the residence of Sam Randazzo, a longtime utility attorney and lobbyist DeWine… Read More

A girl looks the the front of a classroom from her desk

New Senate Plan For Ohio’s Ed Choice Program

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio lawmakers have been wrestling with how to make changes to the state’s Ed Choice private school voucher plan for more than a year. Too many schools and families have become eligible in recent years as the state has changed its school performance standards. The Senate’s President-elect is proposing a… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse building

Bill Would Crack Down On Looting And Rioting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Two Republican state lawmakers are introducing a bill that they say will crack down on people they call looters and rioters – those who perpetuate violence or damage to property as part of protests. State Representative Cindy Abrams (R-Harrison) says the bill protects free speech of protestors. “This bill, in no way,… 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.

Defendants File Plea Agreements In HB6 Corruption Case

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Federal court documents in the $61 million racketeering case shows two defendants are looking to change their “not guilty” pleas, which means they’ve reached a deal with federal prosecutors and are admitting to their roles in the alleged scheme. The investigation into the sweeping energy bill, HB6, alleges former House… Read More