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Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben is an award-winning journalist with a decade of experience covering Ohio news, including courts and crime, Appalachian social issues, government, education, diversity and culture. She has worked for The Newark Advocate, The Glasgow Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and WOUB Public Media. She has also had work featured on National Public Radio.

Supreme Court sets redistricting lawsuit schedule

By: - December 1, 2021

The Ohio Supreme Court has released the schedule for court filings in the congressional redistricting lawsuit, potentially alleviating some timeline pressures for elections slated for next year. Though the court has not scheduled oral arguments in the case, a ruling filed by the court says discovery — the collection of evidence in the case — […]

Ohio Redistricting Commission asks for dismissal in congressional redistricting lawsuit

By: - November 30, 2021

Members of the now-disbanded Ohio Redistricting Commission joined together in asking the Ohio Supreme Court to dismiss the congressional redistricting case against them in a filing made public Monday afternoon. Attorney General Dave Yost’s office wrote on behalf of Gov. Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, Senate President Matt Huffman and House Speaker Bob […]

Supreme Court: Grandmother can sue over murdered child

By: - November 25, 2021

The Ohio Supreme Court said a grandmother can sue Hamilton County for failing to investigate abuse claims before her granddaughter was murdered by the child’s parents. Court justices said Desena Bradley could continue with her lawsuits against government agencies in Hamilton County, which she said “breached their duty to protect” the child from harm and […]

Congressional redistricting map sees first lawsuit, others possible

By: - November 24, 2021

The first of what could be a few lawsuits challenging the Ohio congressional district maps was filed this week on behalf of Ohio voters. The Ohio Supreme Court has received a lawsuit from the National Redistricting Action Fund, on behalf of 12 Ohioans living in the cities of Trotwood, Cleveland Heights, Oxford, Warren and North […]

Sponsor claims bill would bring ‘safer abortions’

By: - November 23, 2021

A physician and co-sponsor of an abortion bill said the legislation could bring about safer abortion procedures for those choosing to have them. Senate Bill 157’s aim is to create a database of what bill sponsors call “botched abortion” cases and criminalize physician inaction. Doctors who don’t follow the proposed law could face first-degree felony […]

Paid leave advocates still hopeful of federal spending bill, state-level support

By: - November 22, 2021

Paid leave has been on the minds of advocates in Ohio for many years, and they’re seeing the possibility for better leave options as federal legislation heads from the U.S. House to the Senate. At a meeting of the Ohio Children’s Legislative Caucus, members of the General Assembly heard from those who want to see […]

New congressional maps to push back election deadlines

By: - November 19, 2021

Candidates for congressional elections won’t just see the impact of redistricting in their district lines. The deadlines for 2022 elections will also see changes with House passage of the GOP maps. With no emergency clause attached to Senate Bill 258, the bill that was fast-tracked for passage of congressional redistricting lines, the effective date of […]

House committee approves congressional maps, full House vote Thursday

By: - November 18, 2021

The Ohio House is set to vote on congressional redistricting maps on Thursday, after a House committee passed the Senate GOP maps 8-5 along partisan lines in a Wednesday hearing. The House Government Oversight Committee heard from state Sen. Rob McColley on Senate Bill 258, the congressional redistricting maps passed by the Senate the day […]

Armed teachers bill passes Ohio House

By: - November 18, 2021

Some teachers-turned-legislators urged their colleagues to vote against a bill to authorize school boards to allow teachers and other school personnel to come armed to school. House Bill 99 would create a minimum amount of training, 20 hours initially and four hours on a recurring basis, for educators to bring guns to school. The bill […]

Senate passes congressional map that continues GOP stronghold over state

By: - November 17, 2021

Ohio Senate Republicans rushed through a congressional redistricting map Tuesday introduced to the public less than 24 hours before. It was passed out of committee 5-2 along partisan lines before being passed by the whole chamber later in the day 24-7, also along partisan lines. The passage came on the same day a committee who […]

Future of joint redistricting committee and congressional maps unknown

By: - November 15, 2021

Ending a whirlwind week of testimony before three separate committees, Ohioans pleaded with members of the General Assembly on Friday to consider their wishes in congressional redistricting maps. Some speakers broke down in tears, as others did in a previous redistricting hearing, saying their time volunteering on elections and in the campaign that changed the […]

Armed teachers bill passes out of committee

By: - November 12, 2021

A bill allowing the arming of teachers with school board authorization passed through an Ohio House committee on Wednesday. The House Criminal Justice Committee passed House Bill 99 without any testimony, and with quick rebuff of amendments brought by Democrats. The bill seeks to allow teachers to carry weapons with a minimum amount of training, […]