Latest Ohio state government News

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...

Ohio court to hear NASCAR challenge of tax on broadcasts

Nov. 30, 2021 10:25 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in a case involving the state's attempt to tax NASCAR for broadcasting its races in Ohio. At issue before the court is whether the state tax commissioner properly subjected those broadcasts to...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Nov. 29, 2021 09:03 AM EST

Cleveland Plain Dealer. Nov. 28, 2021. Editorial: Rocketing food costs are also harming the hunger safety net Eye-popping food price increases this fall, notably for meats, have taken a toll on many household budgets, especially for Thanksgiving. But...

Ohio, Michigan governors wager sweet treats on 'Big Game'

Nov. 25, 2021 10:16 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Buckeye candies and Michigan-made cherry products are among the sweet treats up for grabs in a friendly wager between the governors of Ohio and Michigan, whose flagship universities face off in their historic rivalry Saturday. Ohio Republican Gov....

DeWine to equip Ohio troopers with 1,500 new body cameras

Nov. 23, 2021 16:56 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Over the next six months, Ohio will join a growing number of states whose highway troopers are equipped with body cameras, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday. DeWine joined Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Richard Fambro at the...

Democratic group sues over Ohio GOP's new congressional map

Nov. 23, 2021 10:58 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s newly drawn map of congressional districts was hit with its first constitutional challenge, which alleges the boundaries represent partisan gerrymandering by Republicans. The lawsuit was filed Monday in Ohio Supreme Court by the National...

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...