Latest Ohio State General Assembly News

House OKs bill meant to help owners keep guns in emergencies

Dec. 02, 2022 10:49 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio House lawmakers have advanced a proposal meant to ensure that gun owners' lawfully held firearms and ammunition aren't seized by the government during natural disasters, public health crises or other declared emergencies. The bill that cleared the...

Ohio House passes bill to decriminalize fentanyl test strips

Nov. 30, 2022 14:11 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fentanyl testing strips would be decriminalized under a bill the Ohio House passed Wednesday with overwhelming bipartisan support, advancing a proposal that proponents say would help prevent fatal overdoses and save lives. The strips, which are used to detect...

Ohio House passes bill to make hoax emergency calls a felony

Nov. 30, 2022 14:07 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Intentional false reports about school shootings and other hoax emergency calls could be prosecuted as a felony under legislation passed by the Republican-led Ohio House on Wednesday. The bill would create a felony offense for “swatting,” which is when...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Nov. 28, 2022 14:54 PM EST

Toledo Blade. November 27, 2022. Editorial: Ohio is fat The fitness website Total Shape rates Ohio as out of shape in a nationwide health ranking. Ohio is ranked as the 45th healthiest state, or if you like to score high, the fifth unhealthiest location in the nation....

Ohio GOP aims to change voting laws during lameduck session

Nov. 17, 2022 16:20 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's elections chief on Thursday championed a lameduck push to require a supermajority of voters in order to pass certain constitutional amendments, a move that came the same day further voter restrictions were added to a significant rewrite of Ohio's election laws. ...

Ohio House OKs bill to stiffen texting-while-driving penalty

Nov. 16, 2022 17:29 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Drivers could be pulled over by police in some cases solely for holding or using a cellphone while driving under legislation that the Republican-led Ohio House passed Wednesday. The bill to crack down on distracted driving would stiffen penalties for texting...

'Jeopardy!' champ says Ohio bill would endanger trans youth

Nov. 16, 2022 15:19 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider is opposing Ohio legislation that would ban most gender-confirming procedures and therapies for minors. The Dayton native, who was the first transgender person to qualify for the TV game show's “Tournament of...

Democrats buck midterm history to win control of 4 states

Nov. 09, 2022 17:36 PM EST

Bucking historic midterm election trends, Democrats wrested control of state legislative chambers away from Republicans in Michigan and Minnesota while also gaining full control of state capitols in Maryland and Massachusetts. The Democrats' gains in Tuesday's elections gave them...

Republicans retain veto-proof majority in Ohio House, Senate

Nov. 09, 2022 01:54 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republicans have maintained their veto-proof majority in both chambers of the Ohio Legislature for the next session, while Democrats will add Ohio's first two Somali American state lawmakers. The GOP needs 60 seats in the House and 20 in the Senate to...

Why AP called Ohio Senate for JD Vance

Nov. 08, 2022 23:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican JD Vance won 80 of Ohio's 88 counties and performed similarly to former President Donald Trump two years ago in the state. That's what led the Associated Press to declare Vance the winner over Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan. Vance had the...