Latest Ohio State General Assembly News

Proposal would create Ohio database of convicted sex buyers

May. 29, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Individuals convicted of trying to buy sex or trafficking women for sex would be placed on a publicly accessible database for five years, under legislation approved Thursday by the Ohio House. Supporters say the measure, backed by Attorney General David Yost, is aimed at the demand...

Attorney chosen to fill seat of Ohio GOP lawmaker who died

May. 28, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An attorney from northeastern Ohio has been chosen to fill the Youngstown-area seat of a state lawmaker who died. House Speaker Larry Householder said a committee picked Alessandro “Al” Cutrona to represent the 59th District, which includes most of Mahoning County. The...

Father, daughter state legislators report receiving threats

May. 27, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Politicians from both political parties are condemning threats of harm made against the Ohio House Minority leader and her father, a state senator. State Rep. Emilia Sykes, a Democrat from Akron, told Akron police she received the threatening call this past weekend. Her father is state...

Ohio crime labs able to differentiate hemp from marijuana

May. 26, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An upgrade in equipment at Ohio's three state crime labs has allowed technicians to differentiate between industrial hemp and marijuana but is not likely to have much effect on how law enforcement agencies enforce drug laws. Upgraded testing began two weeks ago at state crime labs in...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

May. 18, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Graduation alternatives can ease the pain in Lorain County The Lorain Morning Journal May 16 Lorain County schools deserve credit for coming up with creative ways to honor the thousands of graduates who won’t have commencement. A...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

May. 11, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Return to normal life depends on all of us Akron Beacon Journal May 9 In one way, protesters in Ohio and around the country demanding businesses be reopened are giving voice to all of us. Who isn’t tired of being stuck at home, a...

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton walks into her daily coronavirus news conference on Friday, April 17, 2020 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. (Doral Chenoweth/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Republican-led House OKs limits on Ohio health director

May. 6, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican lawmakers frustrated with Ohio's aggressive stay-at-home orders voted Wednesday in the GOP-controlled House to limit the authority of the state's health director. The move seeks to restrict mandatory closure and stay-at-home orders issued by the health department to 14...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

May. 4, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Bypass all the bureaucracy to find a cure The Warren Tribune Chronicle May 4 Give federal regulators credit for recognizing that the coronavirus pandemic is no time for business as usual. The Food and Drug Administration, in particular,...

Dozens including Dr. Alycia Rodgers, right, don masks along with scrubs and white coats as the Physicians Action Network held a public rally in support of Dr. Amy Acton at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, May 3, 2020. The rally was a response to protesters of the state's stay-at-home orders who demonstrated outside Acton's home in Bexley on Saturday. (Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Challenges face Ohio governor as divide grows over reopening

May. 4, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s aggressive steps closing its schools and limiting access to public places has held off a feared wave of COVID-19 cases and won wide praise for Republican Gov. Mike DeWine. Now there are widening cracks in his foundation of support and signs that his greatest challenges...

A man walks past a closed business Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Shaker Heights, Ohio. The U.S. economy shrank at a 4.8% annual rate last quarter as the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the country and began triggering a recession that will end the longest expansion on record. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Governor: No graduations if they amount to mass gatherings

Apr. 29, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday clarified that high school graduations can’t be permitted if they amount to mass gatherings. The Republican governor said the most preferred option is a virtual ceremony conducted online, followed by a drive-in ceremony allowing students to arrive...