Latest Ohio State General Assembly News

Ohio redistricting panel OKs 4-year plan along party lines

Sep. 16, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The powerful new redistricting panel in Ohio failed on Wednesday to reach the bipartisan consensus necessary to pass a 10-year map of state legislative districts based on 2020 census totals. After hours of negotiations ahead of a midnight deadline,...

Analysis gives 'F' to Ohio House map proposed by Republicans

Sep. 13, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republicans and Democrats appeared closer to agreement Monday on a map of state legislative districts that could stand for the next 10 years, as a powerful new redistricting panel faced a looming Wednesday deadline. During a regional hearing in...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Sep. 13, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

Akron Beacon Journal. Sept. 12, 2021. Editorial: Ohio panel must do its job, create fair maps for public tired of one-sided politics Attacks on voting rights. Curbing the governor’s public health powers. Irresponsibly presenting a fanatical witness...

Democrats, NAACP sue over Ohio stand-your-ground gun bill

Sep. 09, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Lawmakers in Ohio's Republican-dominated Legislature violated the state constitution when they added and approved a last-minute provision that eliminated gun owners' duty to retreat when facing threats, according to two Democratic lawmakers, the Ohio branch of the NAACP and...

Republicans to offer redistricting map as panel reconvenes

Sep. 08, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican lawmakers plan to unveil their version of a newly drawn map of state legislative districts on Thursday morning, with a vote planned later in the day on a final version, the Ohio Senate president said. The Ohio Redistricting Commission,...

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...

Effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio clears another hurdle

Aug. 30, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An effort to legalize marijuana use and sales in Ohio has cleared another hurdle on the path to getting the proposal submitted to the Legislature. The Ohio Ballot Board, a panel of legislative appointees led by Secretary of State Frank LaRose,...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Aug. 30, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

Akron Beacon Journal. Aug. 27, 2021. Editorial: Voluntary mask policies at schools put parents in difficult situation We don’t need a crystal ball to credibly predict schools with voluntary mask policies will be a virus-infested mess in a few weeks....

2 Ohio Dems ask IG to get involved in federal bribery probe

Aug. 26, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A pair of Democratic state lawmakers in Ohio asked the state watchdog Thursday to investigate the involvement of several DeWine administration officials and others in a $60 million bribery scheme alleged by federal prosecutors. A complaint filed...

Ohio House Republicans debate anti-vaccination bill again

Aug. 24, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hundreds of supporters of a Republican-backed bill that would prohibit employers from requiring workers to receive vaccinations descended on the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday as lawmakers heard a single additional day of testimony on the closely watched proposal. ...