Latest Ohio state government News

Ohio no longer considering opioid settlement protection fund

Dec. 11, 2019 3:43 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has decided not to move forward with a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a fund to ensure future settlement money from government lawsuits over the opioid epidemic is used to address that problem. House Speaker Larry Householder and Minority Leader Emilia Sykes...

Lobbyist had hand in bill sparking ectopic pregnancy flap

Dec. 11, 2019 1:59 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker who proposed legislation extending insurance coverage to a procedure considered medically impossible as a way of fighting abortion worked closely on the bill with a conservative lobbyist, newly released emails show. State Rep. John Becker, a southwestern Ohio...

Ohio updates list of in-demand jobs and makes it searchable

Dec. 11, 2019 1:10 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio rolled out an updated list Tuesday of jobs that are in high demand — and made it searchable. The state is required to keep the list, called Ohio's Top Jobs. It's designed for Ohio students and workers trying to figure out the next step in their education or career, said...

Groups: Ohio immigrants need more training, voter education

Dec. 10, 2019 3:49 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Voting-rights advocates in Ohio have urged both the state's top lawyer and the elections chief to do more to assure that immigrants understand the voting process, after more than 350 apparent non-citizens were referred for investigation last week. A coalition of 11 groups raised their...

Official portrait unveiled of former Ohio Gov. John Kasich

Dec. 9, 2019 6:55 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The official portrait of former Ohio. Gov. John Kasich was unveiled Monday at a packed Statehouse event. The Republican governor held office from 2011 through 2018. The Capital Square Review and Advisory Board presented the portrait in the atrium of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. ...

Ohio governor not happy with plan to cut minor league teams

Dec. 7, 2019 10:43 AM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor isn't a fan of of Major League Baseball's proposal to drop 42 minor league teams from their leagues after next season. Republican Mike DeWine, who along with his family owns a Class A team in North Carolina, said eliminating teams would take away affordable opportunities...

County prosecutor pleads guilty amid sex harassment review

Dec. 6, 2019 4:26 PM EST

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio prosecutor under investigation over sexual misconduct allegations pleaded guilty Friday to negligent assault. Sandusky County Prosecutor Timothy Braun agreed to a plea deal that will spare him jail time but force him to resign by the end of June. He also agreed not to seek...

Ohio considering fund to protect opioid settlement money

Dec. 6, 2019 2:34 PM EST

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio Attorney General's Office is floating the idea of changing the state constitution to create a fund to ensure future settlement money from government lawsuits over the opioid epidemic is used to address that problem. A memo this week from a deputy to Republican Attorney General...

Ohio governor meets with proposed 'cracker' plant developer

Dec. 5, 2019 3:23 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio's Republican governor and lieutenant governor met Wednesday with officials from one of the companies proposing to build a multi-billion dollar ethane “cracker”plant in southeast Ohio. A spokesman for Gov. Mike DeWine said no “substantive update" would be provided...

Governor opposes state barring local bans on plastic bags

Dec. 5, 2019 3:02 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s governor wants state lawmakers to drop bills that would prohibit local governments from forbidding the use of plastic bags. Gov. Mike DeWine opposes a pair of bills offered by fellow Republicans that would forbid municipalities and counties from banning single-use...