Briefs

Forest Service in ‘paradigm shift’ to use logging, controlled burns to prevent wildfires

BY: - January 19, 2022

The Biden administration will use $3 billion from last year’s infrastructure law to revamp the federal approach to wildfire management, introducing a 10-year plan to deal with the large swaths of the West scientists consider most at risk of destructive blazes. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, announced the new strategy in Phoenix, […]

Federal, Ohio laws against surprise medical billing go into effect

BY: - January 13, 2022

A new Ohio law shielding medical patients from getting hit with surprise medical bills after certain unexpected treatments went into effect Wednesday. It works in tandem with a federal law that went into effect earlier this month. A news release from the Ohio Department of Insurance said surprise medical bills typically range from hundreds to […]

Ohio Democratic candidates for governor announce Lt. Gov. picks

BY: - January 5, 2022

The two now-former mayors running for the Democratic Party nomination for Ohio governor in 2022 announced their lieutenant governor selections Wednesday, with former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley choosing Cuyahoga County Councilmember Cheryl Stephens and former Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley picking state Sen. Theresa Fedor of Toledo. In Columbus Wednesday, Whaley said she picked Stephens “because […]

Here’s what’s happening in D.C. on the Jan. 6 anniversary

BY: - January 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will deliver a speech Thursday in the heart of the U.S. Capitol to mark the first anniversary of the insurrection there. One year ago, former President Donald Trump incited a mob of his supporters, and encouraged them to storm the Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying the […]

Congressional redistricting to be argued before New Year

BY: - December 21, 2021

The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments on both congressional redistricting lawsuits before the new year begins. In a filing on Friday, the court announced oral arguments for Adams v. DeWine and League of Women Voters v. Ohio Redistricting Commission, which will happen on Dec. 28 at 9 a.m. via videoconferencing. Adams v. DeWine is […]

Two top officials at federal public lands agency will remain in Colorado office

BY: - December 17, 2021

The Bureau of Land Management plans to keep two senior positions in western Colorado as most of the agency’s leaders move back to Washington, Director Tracy Stone-Manning told BLM staff in an email Tuesday. Eight assistant directors and deputy assistant directors will relocate to the Interior Department’s headquarters in the District of Columbia, Stone-Manning wrote. […]

Newest abortion bill heads to governor’s desk

BY: - December 16, 2021

The newest abortion regulation in the state is now headed to the Ohio governor’s desk after the Senate agreed to technical House amendments. Senate Bill 157, the so-called “born alive” abortion bill, passed the Senate 24-7 on Wednesday. The bill expands the crime of “abortion manslaughter” to include inaction by doctors if a child is […]

LaRose, Huffman, Cupp ask Supreme Court to reject redistricting oral argument

BY: - December 16, 2021

Ohio’s Secretary of State is asking the the state supreme court to reject a request for oral arguments in a challenge to the congressional district map. Secretary Frank LaRose said, as he said in a previous filing with the court, that scheduling a time for the state’s highest court to hear arguments on both sides […]

Ohio Supreme Court asks for more before making ruling in statehouse redistricting

BY: - December 14, 2021

The Ohio Supreme Court is still considering whether or not to change legislative redistricting maps in the state, and have sent a question back to the parties in the three lawsuits. In a filing on Monday, the state’s highest court asked the League of Women Voters, the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, a group of Ohio citizens, […]

Haaland promises governors federal help for fires, drought

BY: - December 14, 2021

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland pledged federal resources and cooperation with governors from 19 Western states to tackle wildfire resilience, drought management, oil and gas cleanup efforts and other issues made more difficult by climate change. Speaking at the Western Governors Association meeting outside San Diego on Thursday, Haaland touted funding for Interior priorities in […]

CDC: 25 states report omicron strain of COVID-19, but delta remains biggest threat

BY: - December 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Twenty-five states have identified cases of the new omicron variant of COVID-19, federal public health officials said Friday as they released new data on the first 43 U.S. cases. On Saturday, the Ohio Department of Health confirmed two cases in the state of the variant, bringing the number to at least 26 states. Of those initial, confirmed […]

Ohio Redistricting Commission members removed from congressional lawsuit

BY: - December 8, 2021

Members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission have been removed from lawsuits challenging the congressional redistricting map in Ohio by the state’s supreme court, though some still remain named in the complaints in other capacities. Gov. Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, Auditor Keith Faber, state Sen. Vernon Sykes, House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, Senate […]