Latest Ohio State General Assembly News

House staffers to work from home after aide tests positive

Jul. 9, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House of Representatives reinstated work-from-home status Thursday after a legislative aide tested positive this week for COVID-19. House Speaker Larry Householder told his colleagues to not report to the Riffe Center for work until further notice. The House is currently on...

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Ohio State Sen. Sandra Williams speaks during an interview, in Columbus, Ohio. The killing of George Floyd has sparked broader discussions of race and discrimination in state legislatures across the country. Affirmative action, reparations and designating racism as a public health crisis are generating debate and a fair amount of controversy. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Lawmakers use protest momentum to push state racial reforms

Jun. 20, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The racial reckoning sweeping the country after the killing of George Floyd in police custody has generated momentum at state capitols for widespread reforms addressing a range of inequities. Lawmakers have floated proposals to address affirmative action, racial disparities in...

FILEā€”In this file photo from March 14, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at a coronavirus news conference at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. DeWine proposed in his first major response on Wednesday June 17, 2020, to days of protests over police treatment of minorities, that all shootings by Ohio police officers and any deaths of individuals in custody would be investigated by independent agencies. (Doral Chenoweth/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)

Ohio governor proposes outside probes of police shootings

Jun. 17, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — All shootings by Ohio police officers and any deaths of individuals in custody would be investigated by independent agencies under a proposal announced Wednesday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine in his first major response to days of protests over police treatment of minorities. As...

Ohio lawmakers call on lottery to supplement school funding

Jun. 17, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

COLUMBUS (AP) — An Ohio state lawmaker is calling on the state lottery to get creative to help schools after Gov. Mike DeWine cut $355 million from the state education budget to balance the books. Gov. DeWine cut $775 million in total on Tuesday, including $110 million for higher education and $210...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jun. 17, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Colleges must fight racism, COVID-19 and hazing Columbus Dispatch June 16 On campuses throughout Ohio and across the country, “back to school” this fall promises to be as fraught as it ever has been, and with good reason....

FILE - In this October 13, 2014 file photo, Republican Sen. Steve Huffman speaks during a rally at Darke County GOP headquarters in Greenville, Ohio. The American Civil Liberties Union called for Huffman to step down from office Thursday, June 11, 2020 after the senator questioned on the Ohio Senate floor if

Legislator's comments about black people, hygiene draw fury

Jun. 12, 2020 9:18 PM EDT

A Republican lawmaker questioned during a meeting of the Ohio Senate Health Committee if “the colored population” is contracting coronavirus at disproportionate rates because they do not wash their hands “as well as other groups.” The American Civil Liberties Union called for state...

FILE - In this October 13, 2014 file photo, Republican Sen. Steve Huffman speaks during a rally at Darke County GOP headquarters in Greenville, Ohio. The American Civil Liberties Union called for Huffman to step down from office Thursday, June 11, 2020 after the senator questioned on the Ohio Senate floor if

Ohio senator fired over remarks about black people, hygiene

Jun. 12, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker has been fired from his job as a physician after questioning at a hearing whether “the colored population” was contracting coronavirus at disproportionate rates because they don’t wash their hands as well as others. State Sen. Stephen Huffman, a...

In this Feb. 27, 2020 photo, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton gives an update on the state's preparedness and education efforts to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, as Gov. Mike DeWine listens .Dr. Acton has resigned as Ohio's health director, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday, June 11, 2020, capping a contentious few months as the target of frustrations during the coronavirus pandemic that included gun-carrying critics showing up at her home. AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Dr. Amy Acton resigns; guided governor to praise on pandemic

Jun. 11, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The health director who helped Ohio's Republican governor earn glowing reviews for his pandemic response resigned Thursday after a few polarizing months during which she became beloved for her soothing expertise and loathed — even threatened — for exercising her...

FILE - In this June 2, 2020 file photo, a protester voices her concerns to a Cleveland police officer during a rally for black lives in Cleveland.  Ohio would create the first statewide disciplinary database for violent officers and require law enforcement to undergo psychological testing under a proposal unveiled Thursday, June 11,  by House Republicans. The legislation comes as the state grapples with the aftermath of civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Republicans: Bill would 'weed out bad actors' in Ohio police

Jun. 11, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

Ohio would create a statewide disciplinary database for violent officers and require psychological testing for all new police under a measure proposed Thursday by House Republicans. The legislation came as the state grapples with the aftermath of civil unrest over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. ...

Sponsors of Ohio sports betting bills optimistic on a deal

Jun. 10, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Efforts to legalize sports betting in Ohio have made halting progress more than a year after bills were introduced in the House and Senate, although sponsors of the conflicting legislation believe a deal can be reached. The main difference between the two bills is who would regulate sports...