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Senate Rejects Proposal To Require Written Consent For Contact Tracing

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A proposal from the Ohio House that would require people with COVID-19 give consent to contact tracing in writing has been rejected by the Senate. That sends the bill to a conference committee. A dozen Senators voted for the amendment, which was attached to a bill that would shield 911 operators’ personal information from… Read More

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Threats Against Two Democratic Lawmakers Bring Support, Investigation

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — An investigation is ongoing into threats targeting two sitting Democratic state lawmakers, a well-known senator from Akron who’s served in both chambers and his daughter, who leads the minority in the Ohio House. And some state leaders are speaking out. Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) said the threats received by… Read More

Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) at a press conference with other Ohio House Democrats in 2019.

“Worker Protection Act” Proposed to Help Those Who are at Risk from Working Conditions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As Ohio opens for business again, many workers have qualms about returning to their jobs. Some Democrats are proposing a bill they say will protect those workers. Rep. David Leland sat on the House committee that heard from business owners who wanted to reopen. But he says the panel never heard from… Read More

House Minority Caucus Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)

State Lawmaker says ‘Root’ of Racial Health Disparity Must Be Addressed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — House Minority Caucus Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) is criticizing the state’s plan to address racial health disparities during the coronavirus pandemic saying the strategy Gov. Mike DeWine is taking is good but not enough, calling it “too little, too late.” Sykes says Ohio could have been targeting resources and culturally… Read More

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Senate Rejects House Attempt to Scale Back Health Director Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Senate unanimously rejected an Ohio House measure that would’ve scaled back the power of state public health orders. Senators blasted the House amendment, saying it undermined health experts and created too many unintended consequences. Both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate criticized the House amendment, which would have… Read More

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Democratic Lawmaker Files Complaint Saying She’s Forced to Work in Unsafe Conditions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Many Democratic state lawmakers were upset Wednesday when they discovered an earlier seating plan that allowed social distancing in the Ohio House chamber had been scrapped in favor of one allowing all legislators inside the chamber. Now, one of those minority lawmakers has filed a complaint with the Franklin County Health Department…. Read More

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Uncertain Future for Fund Dedicated to Cleaning Lake Erie

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The latest round of state budget cuts to offset the economic impact of COVID-19 has caused many departments to reevaluate their programs, this includes the H2Ohio fund which sets money aside to keep Lake Erie, and other water sources, clean. H2Ohio is a $172 million program to help reduce… Read More

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Ohio House Passes Bill to Limit Public Health Orders; DeWine says He’ll Veto it

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republicans in the Ohio House have approved a bill that would limit the power and length of public health orders on coronavirus that their fellow Republican, Gov. Mike DeWine, has been issuing through Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton. The bill reflects a split in the GOP on… Read More

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Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Curb DeWine’s Power with Public Health Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Manufacturing, construction and distribution companies can reopen today, with employees wearing masks and observing cleaning and social distancing rules. State lawmakers are also coming back to work this week, and one has proposed a bill to open the state immediately while shutting down the authority of the governor and his… Read More

Attorney General Dave Yost

State Mulls Over Its Next Move in Fight Over Abortion Clinics

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Earlier this week, a federal judge temporarily ruled Ohio cannot force abortion clinics to close under the coronavirus order banning elective, non-essential surgery. Now,  the state is considering its next move. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says the state still wants to stop clinics from performing surgical abortions, despite the court ruling that said it could not do that. He… Read More