Latest Mike DeWine News

Indoor mask mandate ends on West Virginia's 158th birthday

Jun. 20, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice declared an end to the state's indoor mask requirement Sunday as a $1 million winner was revealed in a drawing for residents who have received the coronavirus vaccine. Karen Foley of Mineral Wells won the top prize...

Declaration of Juneteenth holiday sparks scramble in states

Jun. 18, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness this week in approving Juneteenth as a national holiday. That shifted the battle to the states, where the holiday faces a far less enthusiastic response. Nearly all states recognize...

Ohio governor: House expulsion vote should be respected

Jun. 17, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House’s decision to expel former representative Larry Householder was a choice to be respected, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday while repeating his belief that Householder should have resigned. Householder, a Republican like DeWine, was...

Revenue estimates to build Ohio budget jump by $3.3 billion

Jun. 17, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Revised financial estimates mean an extra $3.3 billion for lawmakers crafting the upcoming state budget, the state announced Thursday. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine urged lawmakers to be conservative when factoring in the windfall, calling it one-time money attributable...

Ohio names 4th Vax-a-Million winners as vaccinations stall

Jun. 16, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state announced the fourth pair of Ohio Vax-a-Million winners Wednesday evening even as the bump from the incentive program fades and vaccination numbers remain stagnant. More than 3.4 million Ohioans entered their names for a shot at the $1...

Ohio budget may impact broadband money, government networks

Jun. 16, 2021 08:05 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate’s budget plan would squash the state’s momentum toward boosting broadband access and make it harder to get more residents connected to high-speed internet in areas where the private sector isn’t stepping in, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said. ...

Massachusetts offers $1M prizes, scholarships for vaccinated

Jun. 15, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

Massachusetts is giving away five $1 million cash prizes and five $300,000 college scholarships to residents who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday. The aim of the so-called VaxMillions Giveaway, modeled after a...

GOP bill would prohibit requiring any vaccination in Ohio

Jun. 15, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — No employer, either public or private, could require employees to receive vaccinations under GOP legislation pending in the Ohio House. Also, workers could not be fired as a result of refusing. The measure before the Republican-controlled House...

Ohio state patrol unveils distracted driving stats website

Jun. 15, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new state highway patrol website provides details about distracted driving in Ohio in the latest effort to reduce the number of crashes and fatalities attributed to not paying attention while driving, usually because of a focus on electronic devices like cell phones....

Facing GOP primary, Ohio's DeWine feels 'very, very good'

Jun. 10, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday that he is accustomed to facing primary opponents and he feels “very, very good” about his chances of reelection next year despite a growing field of challengers. “I was thinking this morning that...