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Ohio legislation would make assaulting referees a crime

Oct. 20, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Assaulting an Ohio referee would become a crime punishable by a fine and community service hours, under pending legislation in the General Assembly. The bill would make an assault on referees before, during or after a sporting event, or in...

Fallen branch kills hiker in Ohio state park

Oct. 19, 2021 09:45 AM EDT

LOUDONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A woman died after she was struck by a fallen branch while hiking on a trail in an Ohio state park, authorities said. The incident happened Sunday as Shelley Miller, 57, of Columbus, explored Mohican State Park. Miller was...

EXPLAINER: How mental illness law is changing Ohio death row

Oct. 19, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new Ohio law prohibiting the execution of people who had severe mental illness at the time of their crime has begun seeing its first implementations. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine in January signed the bill into law covering killers diagnosed with...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Oct. 18, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

Sandusky Register. Oct. 16, 2021. Editorial: State quiet in death investigation We’re concerned with the state prison department’s sense of obligation. A Sandusky man who was sentenced to serve 2½ years in prison in 2018 died...

Court: Ohio regulators erred in OK'ing FirstEnergy affiliate

Oct. 15, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the state's utility regulators should not have approved an Akron-based FirstEnergy affiliate to help consumers shop for electricity. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the high court's...

Most Republicans vying for US Senate in Ohio are vaccinated

Oct. 15, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

VERSAILLES, Ohio (AP) — Most of the Republican candidates for Ohio's open U.S. Senate seat said Thursday that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. A question about their shots was posed to GOP contenders for the seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Sen. Rob...

Democrats push for action on sexual assault lawsuit bills

Oct. 15, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — House Democrats are calling for action on legislation that would remove time limits restricting when sexual assault victims could file lawsuits against their perpetrator. The lawmakers are also urging that hearings be held on a bill that would lift caps on...

Ohio House speaker rebukes lawmaker over anti-vaxx bill

Oct. 15, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican speaker of the Ohio House has publicly rebuked a fellow GOP lawmaker over the lawmaker’s attempts to push a hardline anti-vaccination bill. At issue is now-defunct legislation that would have banned employers from requiring that...

Latest Ohio Republican anti-vaccine bill could be dead

Oct. 13, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A House GOP bill limiting businesses’ ability to require the coronavirus vaccine as a condition of employment hit another roadblock Wednesday, with indications the measure may be unlikely to pass in its current form. Under the legislation,...

Ohio GOP lawmaker to introduce marijuana legalization bill

Oct. 12, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Recreational marijuana would be legalized in Ohio for adults 21 and older under Republican legislation coming in the Ohio House that would levy a 10% sales tax on the product, a lawmaker announced Tuesday. Ohio facilities currently producing and...