COVID-19

Congress clears 2nd major coronavirus package; 3rd in the works

BY: - March 19, 2020

WASHINGTON — A second major coronavirus package cleared the U.S. Senate Wednesday and is now headed to President Donald Trump for his signature. The bill passed 90-8, with overwhelming bipartisan support. The multi-billion dollar measure aims to slow the spread of a new coronavirus and stimulate the economy as a major recession looms. Both Ohio […]

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The coronavirus response among Ohio’s neighbors

BY: - March 19, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s leadership during the coronavirus pandemic has garnered national attention, particularly in contrast to President Donald Trump’s mixed messages and slow response as the pandemic has unfurled nationally.  DeWine has taken swift action to close schools, ban large gatherings, close businesses, and even this week to go as far as to defy […]

Ohio Attorney General says courts may suspend jury trials during pandemic

BY: - March 18, 2020

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost issued a formal opinion Wednesday that courts may suspend jury trials to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, and that they may do so consistent with state and federal speedy-trial obligations, a press release announced. “Only the trial court can continue a case,” Yost said. “This opinion is a […]

Sherrod Brown has ‘mixed feelings’ about Ohio election postponement

BY: - March 18, 2020

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown gets why Ohio leaders sought to postpone Tuesday’s primary election.  He just wishes the decision had been made sooner. Brown told reporters Wednesday that he has “mixed feelings” about the decision by Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton to intervene late Monday evening to prevent the […]

The Ohio Primary Election is postponed. Now what?

BY: - March 18, 2020

The dust is beginning to settle following a dizzying Monday that saw the Primary Election dragged through a press conference, challenged in court and ultimately postponed through an emergency health declaration. The election did not happen Tuesday as planned. Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, heralded for their earlier decisions amid […]

Democrats challenge LaRose’s election postponement in state Supreme Court

BY: - March 18, 2020

The Ohio Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday challenging Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s order — issued hours before Election Day was to commence — postponing in-person voting until June. LaRose issued the directive rescheduling the elections after the CDC escalated its social distancing guidelines Monday. The guidelines are […]

Ballot issues on hold amid election day confusion

BY: - March 18, 2020

As the pause in the election continues, cities and school districts are left hanging on whether the funding they have asked for from voters will be coming. More than half of the Ohio counties have municipal or school issues on the ballot. In Franklin County, that includes a renovation and improvement bond issue from Columbus […]

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Coronavirus crisis reinforces need for paid sick days during the outbreak — and in the future

BY: - March 18, 2020

Every day, working Ohioans need access to paid sick days to address short-term health conditions for both themselves and their families, and these needs are amplified during a public health crisis like the current COVID-19 outbreak. The coronavirus has exposed vast shortfalls in our state’s social safety net programs, demonstrating the reality that many working […]

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From a mysterious pneumonia in Wuhan to a wrenched Ohio election: a COVID-19 timeline

BY: - March 17, 2020

In December 2019, the World Health Organization became aware of a strange pneumonia of unknown cause affecting 44 people in Wuhan city, in China.

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Ohio’s pollworkers left in the dark throughout lengthy Monday turmoil

BY: - March 17, 2020

The confusion set in early for the pollworkers in Williams County.  It was a little after 3 p.m., with the last day of early voting all wrapped up ahead of Tuesday’s primary election. Then someone came in with news: Did you hear? The governor is postponing the election!  That wasn’t exactly true, as they’d later […]

Ohio state representative proposes remote meetings for public bodies

BY: - March 17, 2020

As closures and restrictions tighten across the state, one legislator wants the state to allow remote meetings for public bodies. State Rep. Lisa Sobecki, D-Toledo, filed House Bill 557 in response to other measures put in place in response to COVID-19. The bill’s language would only apply when a state of emergency is declared by […]

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Ohio Bar Association gives basics of labor and employment law amid coronavirus

BY: and - March 17, 2020

With new COVID-19 cases diagnosed daily, you should know how this new coronavirus could impact your workplace. From travel policies to being sent home if you are sick, here are the basics of labor and employment law relating to the new coronavirus. Your Employer Should… Your employer should provide you with plenty of hand washing […]