Ohio Capital Journal Staff

Ohio Capital Journal Staff

Ohio Supreme Court approves abortion rights amendment Ballot Board summary for voters with one tweak

By: - September 20, 2023

The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered one tweak to summary language approved by Republicans on the Ohio Ballot Board for voters to see in November on a proposed reproductive rights amendment. The split state supreme court rejected using the full text of the proposed amendment and declared that that summary language that voters will see […]

Ohio voters reject Issue 1 constitutional amendment changes, the Associated Press projects

By: - August 8, 2023

Ohio voters have rejected state Issue 1, which sought to make it harder for voters to pass constitutional amendments, the Associated Press has projected. The full counting of unofficial results is ongoing, but the AP has officially projected that the “No” side has won. As of 10 p.m., with three-fourths of precincts counted statewide, the […]

Live Election Day coverage of Ohio’s Aug. 8 Issue 1 special election

By: - August 8, 2023

Here is the Ohio Capital Journal’s Election Day live coverage round-up for Ohio’s Aug. 8 special election on Issue 1. Check back here for updates throughout the day, and unofficial results once the polls close. Issue 1 would raise the threshold for constitutional amendments to pass from 50%+1, a simple majority, to 60%. This means […]

Signatures submitted to put adult-use cannabis law on the ballot for Ohio voters

By: - July 6, 2023

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted 222,198 signatures of Ohio voters from all 88 counties to the Ohio Secretary of State Wednesday to bring a proposed law for consideration by Ohio voters in November. “Our issue will authorize the possession and use of marijuana by adults 21 and over and provide a framework […]

Delaware County judge halts Columbus safe firearm storage, magazine limit ordinances

By: - April 26, 2023

A Delaware County Common Pleas judge has issued an injunction against two gun-related ordinances enacted by the city of Columbus: one for safe storage of firearms, and another limiting gun magazine capacities. The injunction prevents the city from enforcing the laws while the lawsuit is pending. The lawsuit at the center of the case was […]

Ohio Attorney General Yost sues Norfolk Southern over East Palestine train derailment

By: - March 15, 2023

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a 58-count civil lawsuit in federal court Tuesday seeking to hold Norfolk Southern financially responsible for the Feb. 3 train derailment in East Palestine that caused the release of over 1 million gallons of hazardous chemicals, “recklessly endangering” both the health of area residents and Ohio’s natural resources, a news […]

Ohio AG Dave Yost moves to get state lawsuit over bribery scandal going again now that trial is over

By: - March 13, 2023

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost on Friday announced his office’s court request to lift a stay on discovery in the state’s civil case in the bailout bribery scandal. The request followed the Thursday federal jury convictions of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and former lobbyist and Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges for felony […]

Ohio abortion rights amendment takes next step after petition language certified

By: - March 3, 2023

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has certified petition summary language for a proposed amendment to protect abortion rights in the state constitution, which organizers hope to place on the November ballot. The Ohio Ballot Board will now determine whether or not the initiative only involves changing only one amendment, as required. If approved by the […]

Ohio Attorney General dismisses charges against reporter arrested at East Palestine news conference

By: - February 15, 2023

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced Wednesday that the criminal charges filed against NewsNation reporter Evan Lambert after he was arrested during a news conference in East Palestine have been dismissed. The Ohio Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Section was appointed by the Columbiana County Prosecuting Attorney to handle the charges filed in Columbiana County Municipal […]

Citing Medicaid costs, DeWine and other governors call for an end to Public Health Emergency

By: and - December 20, 2022

Declaring that “we have returned to life as normal,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine joined 24 other Republican governors Monday in calling on President Biden to let the federally declared Public Health Emergency for COVID expire in April. The Public Health Emergency, or PHE, is tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and is scheduled to expire on […]

Ohio Republicans want to make June 24 ‘Life Day’ in honor of decision overturning abortion rights

By: - November 16, 2022

A group of Ohio Republican state senators want to designate June 24 “Life Day” in Ohio, in honor of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning national abortion rights on that date this year. Ohio Senate Bill 352 is sponsored by state Sen. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, with co-sponsors including state Sens. Niraj Antani, Louis Blessing, […]

Live Election Day coverage of Ohio’s 2022 Midterm

By: - November 8, 2022

Here is the Ohio Capital Journal’s Election Day live coverage round-up for the 2022 midterms. Check back here for updates throughout the day, and unofficial results once the polls close. Today, Ohio voters decided elections for U.S. Senate, Ohio governor, auditor, attorney general, treasurer, and secretary of state, as well as U.S. Congressional representatives, Ohio […]