Latest Ohio State General Assembly News

Ohio legislative board approves $420 million in pandemic aid

Oct. 26, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Small businesses, bars and restaurants, low-income renters, arts groups, and colleges and universities are among those eligible for about $420 million in federal pandemic dollars approved by an Ohio legislative budget panel Monday. The pandemic aid passed by the state Controlling...

\FILE-This Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 file photo shows Kate Schroder, Democratic candidate for Ohio's 1st Congressional District, speaking during a debate with Republican incumbent Steve Chabot, in downtown Cincinnati. First-time candidates in two southwest Ohio congressional districts are giving Democrats hope for a first, unseating a Republican incumbent under the state's current map.  (Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, File)

Democrats hope to unseat GOP congressional members in Ohio

Oct. 24, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — First-time candidates in several congressional districts around Ohio are giving Democrats hope for another first: unseating a Republican under the state’s current map. The GOP-dominated redistricting that took effect with the 2012 elections gave Republicans a 12-4 advantage in the...

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Republican Ohio state Rep. Larry Householder sits at the head of a legislative session as Speaker of the House, in Columbus. Householder's name will be on the ballot Nov. 3, 2020, as the disgraced lawmaker intends to serve his district for another term despite facing federal bribery charges for his alleged involvement in a $60 million bribery scheme that shook the Statehouse this summer and led his party to remove him from the House speaker role. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Ohio files complaint on ex-House speaker's campaign spending

Oct. 23, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a complaint Friday with the state Elections Commission over the former Ohio House speaker's use of more than $900,000 in campaign contributions to pay attorneys defending him in a federal racketeering case. Yost said in the complaint that Rep. Larry...

FILE — This July 21, 2020 file photo shows former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder leaving the federal courthouse after an initial hearing following charges against him and four others alleging a $60 million bribery scheme, in Columbus, Ohio. A court hearing is set for Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 for five people, including Householder, following their indictment on a racketeering charge. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Ohio GOP lawmakers favor remake of tainted energy bill

Oct. 19, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There has been limited progress made by Ohio lawmakers who lined up to repeal and possibly replace a tainted $1 billion bailout for two nuclear plants more than two months ago, increasing the likelihood that around 90% of electric customers in the state will see charges for the...

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Republican Ohio state Rep. Larry Householder sits at the head of a legislative session as Speaker of the House, in Columbus. Householder's name will be on the ballot Nov. 3, 2020, as the disgraced lawmaker intends to serve his district for another term despite facing federal bribery charges for his alleged involvement in a $60 million bribery scheme that shook the Statehouse this summer and led his party to remove him from the House speaker role. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Ex-House speaker runs for reelection despite federal charges

Oct. 17, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The race in the rural Ohio district of disgraced ex-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder now includes four write-in candidates attempting to unseat the once-powerful politician ,who has refused to step aside from his reelection bid despite facing charges in a $60 million bribery...

Gov. Roy Cooper listens as Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, answers a question during a briefing during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

The Latest: NCarolina virus numbers head in wrong direction

Oct. 15, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s top public health official is warning that the state’s coronavirus numbers are heading in the wrong direction as the Democratic governor considers whether to tighten restrictions or reopen more of the economy. The governor’s decision, which is expected...

Lawmakers seek bar curfew repeal as virus cases hit new high

Oct. 15, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State senators in Ohio moved Thursday to lift a 10 p.m. curfew on alcohol sales at bars and restaurants, aiming to boost an industry devastated by the coronavirus pandemic even as daily reported cases of COVID-19 set a new record. A bill to repeal the curfew imposed on July 31 was...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Oct. 5, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose still has time to permit more drop boxes Akron Beacon Journal Sept. 27 Frank LaRose often shows the right instinct as Ohio secretary of state, reflecting the nonpartisan path he pledged to follow in...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2020 file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks during a news conference in St. Louis. Republican governors and state lawmakers in many states have followed President Donald Trump’s lead in downplaying the seriousness of the coronavirus virus, refusing to wear masks and fighting against coronavirus restrictions on businesses and social gatherings. Revelations that the president and first lady are now among those who have tested positive for the disease did little to change their thinking. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

No course correction for state Republicans after Trump test

Oct. 3, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican governors and lawmakers in many states have followed President Donald Trump’s lead on their response to the coronavirus, declining to impose mask mandates and pushing to lift restrictions on businesses and social gatherings as swiftly as possible. Revelations that...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost speaks at the Ohio Republican Party event, in Columbus, Ohio. Yost's attempt to block Ohio's nuclear plants from collecting fees on electricity bills that were authorized by a law at the center of a $60 million federal bribery probe was denied by a county judge Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Judge: Energy company can continue donations to lawmakers

Oct. 2, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An effort by Ohio's attorney general to block an energy company and its affiliated entities from donating to lawmakers is an infringement of First Amendment rights, a judge ruled Friday. A Franklin County judge denied Attorney General Dave Yost's attempt to stop campaign contributions...