Latest Ohio State General Assembly News

Group seeks legislation to legalize recreational pot in Ohio

Jul. 27, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A pro-marijuana group said it will submit signatures to the Ohio Attorney General's Office on Tuesday in an effort to have the Republican-led Legislature legalize recreational marijuana. Attorney Tom Haren, a spokesperson for the Coalition to...

FirstEnergy to pay $230M in agreement in Ohio bribery case

Jul. 23, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The energy giant at the center of a $60 million bribery scheme in Ohio admitted Thursday to using dark money groups to fund the effort, and agreed to pay $230 million and other conditions so prosecutors won't forge ahead with a criminal case against the company. ...

A year out, $60M bribery scandal felt in business, politics

Jul. 19, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The arrests one year ago Wednesday of then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in connection with an alleged $60 million bribery scheme have rocked business and politics across the state, and events over the last year suggest a federal probe's...

Events expanding to mark 100 years since John Glenn's birth

Jul. 16, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A three-day celebration of what would have been history-making astronaut John Glenn's 100th birthday began Friday in his birthplace and childhood hometown in Ohio, even as additional events were announced to mark the occasion. Glenn, who died in...

'Abortion reversal' bill introduced in GOP-led Ohio House

Jul. 15, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill that would require doctors to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions about a disputed method for potentially stopping the abortion process was introduced Thursday in the Ohio House. The legislation would require physicians who perform...

Democratic primary in Ohio emerges as test for progressives

Jul. 12, 2021 00:17 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Amid relentless sunshine and intensifying humidity, Nina Turner led a small procession of voters last week to a polling place on Cleveland’s east side, guiding the group down a long block to the crosswalk even though darting across the street would have been easier. ...

Governor vetoes bill allowing Ohioans to set off fireworks

Jul. 09, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Legislation allowing Ohio residents to set off fireworks on certain holidays was vetoed by Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday. The Republican governor said he used his executive power once again to push back on state lawmakers’ decision to pass a bill...

ACLU sues Ohio GOP lawmakers over redistricting records

Jul. 08, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed a lawsuit seeking redistricting records of Republican lawmakers' efforts to redraw the state’s congressional and legislative districts. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, claims House GOP lawmakers,...

Utilities to refund customers fees from tainted energy bill

Jul. 07, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Three Ohio electric companies owned by Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. will refund money collected from a guaranteed revenue provision included in a tainted energy bill, according to an order issued on Wednesday by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. ...

‘Collin’s Law’ signed to stiffen hazing penalties in Ohio

Jul. 06, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tougher criminal penalties for hazing will take effect in Ohio this fall, nearly three years after the death of the college student for whom the legislation is named. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday signed “Collin’s Law," named for...