Briefs

Redistricting public hearings announced. Here are the dates and locations

BY: - August 14, 2021

The Ohio Redistricting Commission announced the schedule for meetings throughout the state where the public will be able to give input on redrawing legislative districts. Public hearings will be in: Cleveland: Aug. 23 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Cleveland State University Student Center, Room SC311 (Ballroom, 3rd Floor), 2121 Euclid Avenue Cleveland. COVID-19 guidelines […]

Census data released, redistricting work can officially begin

BY: - August 13, 2021

The United States Census Bureau released its data from the 2020 census today, getting the ball rolling for redistricting in Ohio and across the country. A general overview of the data slowed population growth at its slowest rate in decades, and Ohio in the lowest category for growth, showing a 1.3% change in terms of […]

State leadership gives mixed reviews for federal change to Medicaid work requirement

BY: - August 12, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he’s disappointed in the Biden administration’s reversal in approving a work requirement waiver for Medicaid recipients. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ended a Trump-era policy that permitted the state to require work or “community engagement activities” as a condition of Medicaid eligibility, according to a letter sent to […]

Former GOP congressman from Virginia to advise Jan. 6 investigation

BY: - August 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — Former Virginia Republican U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman will serve as a nonpartisan senior staff member on a panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. “Doing this might be one of the biggest things I’ve ever done in my life,” Riggleman said in a video he posted to Twitter. “We can’t worry […]

Dems take aim at legalized marijuana

BY: - August 1, 2021

Two Democrats plan to bring up the legalization of recreational marijuana, while also trying to cancel out past criminal convictions related to marijuana. State Reps. Casey Weinstein, D-Hudson, and Terrence Upchurch, D-Cleveland, introduced a new bill to decriminalize marijuana, along with creating a marijuana excise tax, commerce and licensing in the industry and appropriations for […]

U.S. Senate advances nomination of Stone-Manning for public lands post

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday agreed 50-49 to bring to the floor the nomination of Montana’s Tracy Stone-Manning to head the Bureau of Land Management, following weeks of GOP attacks over her ties to a 1989 tree-spiking scheme. Due to a deadlocked 10-10 vote out of the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.), […]

Rep. Kelly to campaign for Hamilton County auditor

BY: - July 27, 2021

A Cincinnati lawmaker has announced her candidacy for Hamilton County auditor . State Rep. Brigid Kelly, a Democrat, said she is vying for the auditor in 2022 after having spent the past five years fighting “for what matters most at the Statehouse.” “The auditor is supposed to be our local consumer watchdog, and that is […]

Lawmakers propose $1,000 bonuses to Ohio National Guard members

BY: - July 26, 2021

A pair of state lawmakers want to give a financial bonus to all members of the Ohio National Guard as thanks for their service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Each member deserves $1,000 as a “small way to show our appreciation for their valiant efforts,” state Reps. Richard Brown of Canal Winchester and Bride Rose Sweeney […]

U.S. Senate Republicans block advance of bipartisan infrastructure plan, but talks continue

BY: - July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats’ attempt to start debate on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan was blocked by Republicans on a party-line vote Wednesday, as lawmakers hustle to wrap up negotiations over drafting that legislation. In the 49-51 test vote, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.), switched his vote to “no,” a procedural move that allows […]

Ohio attorney general gives update on investigations into two high-profile officer-involved shootings

BY: - July 7, 2021

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s office announced during a Wednesday press conference that the Bureau of Criminal Investigations has finished its review of two controversial officer-involved shootings in Cleveland and Columbus. BCI reviewed the Nov. 13 killing of 19-year-old Arthur Keith by Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Officer James Griffiths, and the April 20 killing of […]

Collin’s Law signed to prevent hazing tragedies

BY: - July 6, 2021

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed anti-hazing legislation into law on Tuesday, setting into motion what university leaders and parents of hazing victims call a change in culture. Collin’s Law was signed as parents of Ohio University student Collin Wiant and Bowling Green State University student Stone Foltz looked on, marking a significant achievement in preventing […]

Ohio state superintendent DeMaria to retire

BY: - July 1, 2021

Ohio’s leader of public education, State Supt. Paolo DeMaria, announced his intention to retire at the end of September. DeMaria began his tenure as superintendent in June 2016 and is leaving just as the state legislature approves a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s public school funding formula. “The future of Ohio is in very capable […]