Latest Ohio State General Assembly News

Ex-House speaker traveling widely with FBI probe still open

Feb. 24, 2020 2:47 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio House speaker's social media posts show him traveling to destinations around the world even as a federal investigation into his travel and spending while in office remains open. The Dayton Daily News reports an Instagram feed for Republican Cliff Rosenberger includes...

Legislation would lift pain-and-suffering caps in rape cases

Feb. 24, 2020 1:15 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Proposed legislation in the Ohio House would lift caps on pain-and-suffering awards in lawsuits brought by rape victims. The bill introduced this month by two Democratic lawmakers stems from a 2016 Ohio Supreme Court ruling that threw out a $3.6 million jury award to a woman raped by...

Ohio legislation would make assaulting referees a crime

Feb. 23, 2020 4:39 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Assaulting a referee would become a crime punishable by a fine and community service hours, under legislation pending in the Ohio House. The latest version of the bill would make an assault on referees before, during or after a sporting event, or in retaliation for their decisions, a...

Governor signs bill allowing motorcyclists ear protection

Feb. 23, 2020 9:00 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a bill under which motorcyclists in Ohio would be allowed to wear earphones or earplugs while riding to ward off hearing loss. The House and Senate previously approved the legislation, which would prohibit motorcyclists from listening to music or other...

Proposal would set 16-year limit on Ohio lawmaker terms

Feb. 21, 2020 1:15 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment would set strict 16-year limits on legislators serving in the Ohio House or Senate. Ohioans for Legislative Term Limits filed signatures and petition language with Attorney General Dave Yost on Thursday with a goal of placing the the amendment on...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, takes photos with supporters after speaking at a campaign event in Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Democratic hopefuls now test strength among minority voters

Feb. 16, 2020 2:58 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For I.S. Leevy Johnson, the Democrats’ search for a challenger to take on President Donald Trump is personal. “There is what I call an ‘ABT mood’ in the black community: Anybody but Trump,” said the 77-year-old who was the first black graduate of the...

Terry Dawson, right, the son-in-law of a woman killed by a distracted driver in central Ohio on Christmas Eve 2017, describes how that accident has affected his family and made holidays much harder, at a news conference also attended by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. DeWine said he wants distracted driving made a primary offense and promised a legislative proposal soon. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

Gov.-backed bill makes distracted driving primary offense

Feb. 14, 2020 1:15 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is backing legislation that makes distracted driving reason enough to pull someone over. The bipartisan bill in the Ohio Senate addresses writing, sending or looking at texts, watching or recording photos or videos, or livestreaming while handling an electronic...

Ohio House again approves emergency responders PTSD coverage

Feb. 12, 2020 5:07 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House on Wednesday once again approved a measure covering post-traumatic stress disorder for emergency responders who haven't suffered a physical injury. Police and firefighters have been pushing for the coverage under the state insurance fund for injured workers for years....

Analyst: income tax limits plan could harm Ohio bond rating

Feb. 12, 2020 12:46 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A fiscal analyst has warned lawmakers that a proposal to make it harder to raise the state income tax could harm Ohio's bond rating. At issue is a proposed constitutional amendment that would impose a supermajority requirement in both chambers for the General Assembly to raise such...

FILE – This undated file photo shows a photo of Dr. Richard Strauss, an Ohio State University team doctor employed by the school from 1978 until his 1998 retirement. An Ohio House committee is resuming hearings Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, on a proposal to enable survivors to sue Ohio State University under state law for decades-old sexual abuse by now-deceased team doctor Richard Strauss. (Ohio State University via AP, File)

Hearings resume on bill tied to Ohio State sex abuse scandal

Feb. 11, 2020 5:48 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio House committee resumed hearings Tuesday on a proposal to enable survivors to sue Ohio State University under state law for decades-old sexual abuse by now-deceased team doctor, Richard Strauss. The proposal seemed stalled until House Speaker Larry Householder and Gov. Mike...