Latest Ohio State General Assembly News

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...

A look at Ohio bills aimed at restricting teaching of racism

Oct. 12, 2021 10:23 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A pair of Republican-backed bills in the Ohio House would restrict how the topic of racism is taught in K-12 schools as part of a conservative broadside against a 40-year-old scholarly theory more typically associated with higher education classes in college or law...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Oct. 11, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

Columbus Dispatch. Oct. 8, 2021. Editorial: Sex trafficking is an evil beast that steals freedom, wrecks lives, destroys families A councilman running for re-election in the Cleveland suburb of Elyria told a Dispatch reporter that he felt the urge to...

US Senate confirms new federal prosecutors in West Virginia

Oct. 06, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Joe Biden's nominations for federal prosecutors in West Virginia. William Ihlenfeld returns as the U.S. attorney for the state’s Northern District, a position he served in under former President Barack...

Ex-Trump aide files defamation suit over abuse allegations

Oct. 06, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Trump aide and congressional candidate in Ohio has filed a defamation lawsuit over allegations of physical abuse that his former girlfriend and White House colleague is leveling while promoting her new book. Republican Max Miller, a U.S....

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. ...