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Another New Ohio Abortion Law Is Temporarily Put On Hold

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — For the second time this week, a new Ohio abortion law has been put on hold. This one affects the use of telemedicine in abortions. A Hamilton County judge temporarily blocked the law that prevents doctors from using telemedicine to write prescriptions for medical abortions. The hold lasts until… Read More

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New Abortion Law Won’t Be Enforced For Now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A law that requires burial or cremation of fetal tissue from an abortion will not go into effect Tuesday as planned. An Ohio judge granted a preliminary injunction, stopping enforcement of the new law requiring fetal remains from an abortion be buried or cremated. Abortion clinics had requested this delay,… Read More

Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) speaks in favor of overriding Gov. Mike DeWIne's SB22 veto.

Ohio Legislature Overrides DeWine’s Veto, Allowing Lawmakers To Rescind Health Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House and Ohio Senate have voted to override Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto of Senate Bill 22. The move can enact a law that weakens the authority of a governor’s orders and emergencies. Throughout the past year, Republican leadership in the House and Senate clashed with DeWine over… Read More

Rep. Scott Wiggam (R-Wayne County) addresses a House committee

DeWine Vetoes “Unconstitutional” Bill On Health Orders, But Lawmaker Says He’s Wrong

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine has vetoed a bill that would give state lawmakers the power to overturn his health and emergency orders. DeWine’s fellow Republicans in the legislature who support it are standing firm, so it’s almost certainly headed to a veto override and a court fight. In his veto statement, DeWine… Read More

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Federal Lawsuit Over COVID Closures Dropped As Backers Change Legal Strategy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Opponents of Gov. Mike DeWine’s COVID restrictions and shutdowns have dropped their federal lawsuit they filed last fall, asking for the removal of the state of emergency that was declared in March. But that doesn’t mean the end of the legal fight is over. Attorney Robert Gargasz says the lawsuit was withdrawn due to a change in… Read More

Kids walk to class in the hallway of Worthington Kilbourne High School. All students will be back in the district's schools for in-person learning starting March 22.

Ohio Lawmakers Approve Bill To Change Federal Test Requirements

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A bill to change the way Ohio does federally mandated standardized K-12 tests this year is on its way to Gov. Mike DeWine. The bill also has a change to make sure it isn’t a moot point at the end of the school year. The bill waives federal requirements on tests,… Read More

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CDC: West Virginia HIV Wave Could Be ‘Tip Of The Iceberg’

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For years, West Virginia has had the nation’s highest rate of opioid drug addictions and drug overdose deaths. Now the state is wrestling with another, not entirely unrelated health emergency: one of the nation’s highest spikes in HIV cases related to intravenous drug use. The surge, clustered primarily around the capital… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine gives a coronavirus update from his home on August 20, 2020.

Battle Between DeWine, Legislature Over Health Orders Is Set With Pending Veto

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) plans to veto a bill that would limit the scope of any state of emergency coming out of the governor’s office. This sets up a battle between DeWine and a possible override by the legislature. DeWine said the bill that would allow Ohio lawmakers to… Read More

Rep. Scott Wiggam (R-Wooster) speaks in favor of SB22 on the House floor at the Ohio Statehouse.

Ohio Lawmakers Send DeWine Bill Limiting His Own Health Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House and Senate have passed a bill to limit states of emergency and health orders issued by the governor. Supporters say the change would allow for more accountability between the executive and legislative branches. The bill, SB22, allows lawmakers to revoke states of emergency and health orders. House Republicans say… Read More

Rep. Marilyn John (R-Shelby) at the House State and Local Government Committee.

House Holds Hearing On Bill Allowing Limits To State Health Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House has scheduled a possible committee vote on a bill that would limit states of emergency issued by the governor and allow legislators to rescind health orders. Supporters of the bill, SB22, say DeWine’s health orders are hurting small businesses and quality of life. They also say the… Read More

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Transportation Budget Passes House Committee, Moves Toward Floor Vote

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The $8 billion state transportation budget goes to the floor of the Ohio House tomorrow, after it was overwhelmingly approved by a House committee Wednesday. After just under a month since its introduction, House Finance Committee chair Rep. Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) reported the vote count on the two year transportation budget:… Read More

Ohio Lawmakers Change Key Parts Of Governor’s Transportation Budget

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — An Ohio House committee stripped provisions from Gov. Mike DeWine’s transportation budget, one of which targets distracted driving. The House committee removed part of the budget that included stiffer penalties for drivers caught while using or holding any wireless device while driving. Curt Steiner represents a coalition of 35 organizations… Read More

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Bill Would Increase The Number Of Public Defenders In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — About 70% of people who are facing jail time in Ohio need the services of a public defender. But there’s a shortage of them. Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that its backers said would help. Democratic Rep David Leland (D-Columbus), an attorney himself, said his bill would increase… Read More

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Ohio Bill Toughening Welfare Program Eligibility Criticized

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Social service advocates are criticizing an Ohio bill that would toughen eligibility for food stamps and Medicaid benefits. Beefed up monitoring of changes in food stamp recipients’ income would be required along with photos on state food stamp cards, called EBT cards, under legislation proposed by Sen. Tim Schaffer, a Lancaster… Read More

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At Divided Time, State Lawmakers Unite Behind Statue Of John Glenn

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Political divisions these days may be deep, but Ohioans never cease to agree on John Glenn. Both Republicans and Democrats on a state panel heaped praise on the late astronaut and U.S. senator on Thursday, as they voted unanimously to put a 7-foot (2-meter), 600-pound (272-kilogram) bronze statue of him on… Read More

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New Bill Aims To Stop Fake 911 Calls

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Some Ohio lawmakers introduced a new bill aimed at cutting down on fake 911 calls. Democratic State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) said people are calling police on African American Ohioans while they are doing things as simple as sitting in parked cars or making phone calls. West, an African… Read More

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Lawmakers Revive Bills To Fight Racism, Honor Juneteenth

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Racism would be declared a public health crisis in Ohio and the day celebrating the official end of slavery would become a paid state holiday under racial justice measures reintroduced Tuesday. The measures were originally introduced in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which sparked nationwide protests… Read More

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Gov. Justice Addresses Public Questions On Income Tax Cut Plan

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice held an online discussion to promote his proposal to eliminate the state income tax. The Republican governor addressed written questions submitted from the public on the proposal, which he unveiled in his State of the State address earlier this month. But he did little to fill… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in December 2020

New Bill Would Take Away Consequences For Businesses That Violate COVID Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio lawmakers will look over yet another measure to pull back on Gov. Mike DeWine’s power to issue health orders. A new bill proposed by one of his fellow Republicans would take away penalties slapped on business owners cited for violating coronavirus orders. Republican Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova) said the Ohio Legislature has passed… Read More

A line outside the Mid-Ohio Food Bank in Grove City near Columbus in November.

Food Banks Flat-Funded In New Ohio Budget, Though Demand Keeps Growing

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Unemployment and financial problems from the pandemic have brought millions of people to food banks, which are serving 150,000 more Ohioans per month than they were a year ago. That’s putting a strain on the system that supports those people in need. Ohio’s food banks are getting flat funding of… Read More

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Lawmakers Propose Several Bills To Repeal, Change HB6

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Several bills have been introduced in the Ohio House and Senate to tackle the controversial nuclear power plant bailout bill, HB6. The measures range from a complete repeal of the bill at the center of a bribery investigation to repealing portions of the legislation. Rep. Dick Stein (R-Norwalk) proposed… Read More

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House OKs Bill To Direct $210M For Ohio Broadband Expansion

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Legislation to help expand high-speed internet access in underserved and rural areas of Ohio is getting bipartisan support and fast-tracked consideration at the Statehouse as the coronavirus pandemic increases pressure to address that digital divide. A measure to direct $210 million toward increasing broadband access passed the House on Thursday with… Read More

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After a Generation, Is There Finally a Fix for School Funding?

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KENT, Ohio (WKSU) — In laying out his proposed budget this month, Gov. Mike DeWine specifically said that the state legislature should do the heavy lifting when it comes to school funding. The state Supreme Court has been saying the same thing — for over 20 years. Our education series, “Learning Curve,” examines a $2 billion… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in December 2020

Bill To Limit DeWine’s Health Orders Passes In Ohio Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican lawmakers passed through the Senate the latest legislative action aimed at limiting the emergency powers of Ohio’s governor. A Senate bill introduced last month by lawmakers would establish “checks and balances” on fellow GOP Gov. Mike DeWine’s ability to issue and keep in place executive action during an emergency. The… Read More

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Report: Ohio Lawmakers Still Propose Too Many Crime Bills

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report finds that nearly one of every 10 bills introduced by Ohio lawmakers during the last legislative session were criminal justice-related and at odds with efforts to reduce the state’s prison population. The American Civil Liberties Union Ohio chapter conducted the review, part of an ongoing analysis. The “Statehouse to… Read More