Latest Ohio State General Assembly News

How Ohio's new US congressional map sprinted into law

Nov. 22, 2021 17:10 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Congressional redistricting is the arcane but consequential process of redrawing U.S. House districts every 10 years, which often goes unnoticed by citizens. This week, a final congressional map for Ohio sprinted through the Legislature and was...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Nov. 22, 2021 09:01 AM EST

Akon Beacon Journal. Nov. 19, 2021. Editorial: Reckless and misguided. Hudson’s Roegner joins Shubert’s unnecessary rhetoric on schools If conservative causes are as righteous as so many believe, why do some proponents increasingly distort facts,...

House Republicans approve anti-vaccine mandate legislation

Nov. 18, 2021 16:45 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Private companies and public entities would be banned from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter a facility or conduct business, under anti-vaccine legislation passed by House Republicans on Thursday that would cover everything from privately run theaters to...

GOP-led Ohio Legislature OKs fast-tracked congressional map

Nov. 18, 2021 16:04 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s new map of congressional districts cleared the state Legislature along party lines Thursday, after a breakneck sprint through both chambers that was defended by majority Republicans and decried by Democrats and voting-rights advocates. ...

Fast-tracked congressional map poised to clear Ohio House

Nov. 17, 2021 18:46 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A fast-tracked map of Ohio’s new congressional districts continued its breakneck pace through the Republican-controlled state Legislature on Wednesday. An Ohio House committee approved the proposal along party lines Wednesday, with a floor vote...

House passes bill on training rules for armed school workers

Nov. 17, 2021 16:09 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — School districts could set their own training requirements for employees they choose to arm under legislation approved by the Republican-controlled Ohio House Wednesday. The measure aims to undo the effect of an Ohio Supreme Court ruling earlier...

Proposed medical marijuana law would expand capacity

Nov. 17, 2021 14:01 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The amount of marijuana grown for Ohio's medical marijuana program would expand and the number of dispensaries able to sell it would be increased, under GOP legislation pending in the state Senate. Regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries would...

Ohio GOP fast-tracks new congressional map, votes begin

Nov. 16, 2021 15:40 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A fast-tracked map of Ohio’s new congressional districts cleared the Ohio Senate on Tuesday and headed to the House, even as voting-rights groups and Democrats continued to object to both the boundaries and the process. The Senate’s approval...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Nov. 15, 2021 09:08 AM EST

Akron Beacon Journal. Nov. 14, 2021. Editorial: Akron Public Schools should work on violence prevention, expel kids who attack staff Fear is replacing joy in some Akron school buildings. The return to in-person classes amid the...

Emotions high in Ohio fight over new congressional map

Nov. 12, 2021 15:37 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Anger, tears and a summoning of security marked Friday's public hearing on what Ohio's next map of U.S. House districts will look like. Witnesses — some of whom evoked the values of their military veteran forefathers and hopes for future...