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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. ...

Voting distrust likely to continue despite smooth election

Nov. 06, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The first major election day following a year of relentless attacks on voting rights and election officials went off largely without a hitch. Unlike the 2020 presidential election, there were no claims of widespread fraud, ballots emerging mysteriously in the dark of night or...

Hearings resume on Ohio House anti-vaccine mandate bill

Oct. 06, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The right of individuals to decline the coronavirus vaccine and the right of businesses to require it as a condition of employment are at the center of debate over proposed House Republican legislation limiting employers' ability to mandate COVID-19 vaccination. ...

Lawmakers hit brakes on House anti-vaccine mandate bill

Sep. 29, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A House Republican bill limiting Ohio employers' ability to require that workers receive the coronavirus vaccine as a condition of employment will face a slower legislative route than predicted just a day earlier. Public and private sector...

Ohio House Republicans debut new anti-vaccine mandate bill

Sep. 29, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Public and private sector employees could seek exemptions from employer-mandated coronavirus vaccines in three general areas, including an ability to demonstrate the presence of COVID-19 antibodies, under a newly introduced Republican bill in the Ohio House. ...

Backers push new Ohio energy efficiency incentive plan

Sep. 22, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Utilities would set a goal of reducing energy waste by 0.5% a year, a far more modest goal than a previous 2% requirement, under legislation aimed at restarting energy efficiency programs, a co-sponsor of the bill testified Wednesday. The previous...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Sep. 06, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

Cleveland Plain Dealer. Sept. 3, 2021. Editorial: The Ohio Redistricting Commission’s shameful duck on constitutional map-drawing deadline In one of the more disgraceful episodes in Ohio politics, seven state officeholders this week failed to do...

Ohio elections chief launches new idle voter purge process

Sep. 02, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's elections chief this week launched an effort to purge inactive voters from state rolls, while using the announcement to push for passage of a bill making several changes to the state's election process. The four-year process for purging...