Latest Ohio state government News

Leader of House minority caucus to step down at year's end

Dec. 08, 2021 17:37 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The leader of the Ohio House’s Democratic caucus says she’s stepping down at the end of the year. Rep. Emilia Sykes, an Akron Democrat, has held the minority leader position for three years. She said Wednesday she’s considering future options, including...

Ohio House OKs bill on babies born alive after abortion

Dec. 08, 2021 17:17 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio doctors who fail to give medical care in the extremely rare circumstance when a baby is born alive following an abortion attempt would face criminal penalties under legislation that cleared the Republican-run Ohio House Wednesday. The bill also would...

Ohio redistricting fight: Was favoring one party allowed?

Dec. 08, 2021 15:54 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Legal arguments for and against Ohio's new maps of state legislative districts centered Wednesday on whether it was okay for a powerful new redistricting commission to disregard constitutional language that required at least an attempt at avoiding partisan favoritism. ...

Ohio governor pushes $250 million funding plan for police

Dec. 07, 2021 05:59 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio police and fire departments and emergency medical service agencies could apply for up to $250 million in federal grants meant to help first responders fight violent crime and recover from pandemic-related hardships, under a proposal announced Monday by Gov. Mike DeWine....

Kansas to get $27.6M from firm investigated over drug costs

Dec. 06, 2021 17:58 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will receive nearly $27.6 million from a legal settlement with the company that manages prescription costs for its Medicaid program, after an investigation into whether the company had overcharged the state, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday. ...

Proposed bill aimed at recruiting, retaining Ohio students

Dec. 06, 2021 12:18 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Graduates of any Ohio college, public or private, who take a full-time job in the state would be exempt from state income tax for up to three years, under legislation proposed Monday by a Republican lawmaker with an aim of recruiting and retaining Ohio college students. ...

Late state veterinarian led Ohio through wild animal crisis

Dec. 03, 2021 08:57 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In a job where pigs, cattle and sheep dominated, longtime Ohio state veterinarian Tony Forshey was thrust outside even his considerable comfort zone in 2011. Forshey died on Nov. 26, Ohio Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda announced Sunday. He was 69. ...

Ohio governor hopeful picks running mate with ties to Trump

Dec. 02, 2021 16:53 PM EST

Jim Renacci, a former Republican congressman who's challenging Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine in next year’s primary, said Thursday he has picked a Christian filmmaker who made a documentary about former President Donald Trump to be his running mate. Joe Knopp of Springboro...

Voter rights groups sue over Ohio GOP's congressional map

Dec. 02, 2021 12:46 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawsuits are accumulating against Ohio's new congressional map, just as they did for GOP-drawn maps of new legislative districts, as voting and civil-rights groups allege partisan gerrymandering against the state's ruling Republicans. The latest...

Governor signs bill allowing business parity during shutdown

Dec. 01, 2021 15:19 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Small businesses may remain open during a health emergency so long as they show they can meet safety protocols required of businesses not mandated to close, under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine and aimed at eliminating what many saw as...