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Abortion ‘trigger bill’ coming to House committee

BY: - September 28, 2021

A piece of legislation meant to go into effect if federal abortion rights protections are overturned will start its path through the Ohio legislature this week. Senate Bill 123 is set to appear in the Ohio Senate Health Committee on Wednesday morning. If passed, the bill would then await court challenges of the U.S. Supreme […]

Ohio kids’ show elevated lead blood levels at more than twice the national rate, study finds

BY: - September 28, 2021

Ohio children have elevated levels of lead in their blood at more than two times the national rate, according to a study released Monday. The research, from JAMA Pediatrics, a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association, found about 5.2% of Ohio children have elevated levels of lead in their system. Nationally, the […]

Third lawsuit added to pile against redistricting maps

BY: - September 28, 2021

Religious and environmental groups have added their name to the list of lawsuits against the Ohio Redistricting Commission and the four-year maps approved earlier this month. The lawsuit filed today by the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Ohio, the Ohio Environmental Council, is the third court challenge that’s been made to […]

Examining the numbers behind new census option to share multiracial heritage

BY: - September 28, 2021

There is no doubt that the number of racial and ethnic populations in cities and counties and states across the country is a factor in many government grants and programs and long-term planning. It has been for a very long time. Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a report that said “EPA’s […]

Biden administration rolls out new rule to bolster DACA as lawsuit continues

BY: - September 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Monday unveiled a proposed new rule that would strengthen the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect undocumented people in the program from legal challenges. The proposed rule, announced by the Department of Homeland Security, would “preserve and fortify” the DACA program, an Obama administration-era initiative that protects from deportation […]

Dems push for legislation after Strauss dismissals

BY: - September 27, 2021

Days after lawsuits against a former OSU team doctor were dismissed because of the statute of limitations, Democratic state representatives want action to extend time and help to sexual assault survivors. A federal judge didn’t dispute the facts of the case in which Dr. Richard Strauss was accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of student athletes, […]

Huge uptick in pandemic ‘air rage’ hits flight attendants

BY: - September 27, 2021

Flight attendants have been subject to unprecedented harassment over masks and more during the pandemic, and a U.S. House panel on Thursday heard the raw details of those “air rage” incidents. While there’s no hard data, the leader of the flight attendants’ union said the most aggression appears to occur in Southern states where there’s […]

U.S. House oversight panel seeks testimony from company conducting Arizona election ‘audit’

BY: - September 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats on Friday requested that the company behind a months-long review of Arizona’s election results appear at a hearing next month, after officials from Cyber Ninjas refused to cooperate with document requests from the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee. Top Democrats on that panel, Reps. Carolyn Maloney of New York and Jamie […]

Georgia secretary of state attacked by Trump decries ‘huge disinformation campaign’

BY: - September 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican who took the brunt of former President Donald Trump’s attacks over Georgia’s 2020 election results, said during a Friday virtual panel that he hopes election disinformation starts to dissipate. “People weren’t questioning the (election) process before, but there was a huge disinformation campaign which really destabilized […]

Lawsuit accuses Ohio Redistricting Commission of violating constitution

BY: - September 24, 2021

The ACLU has filed an expected lawsuit disputing the partisan legislative redistricting maps passed earlier this month by the Ohio Redistricting Commission. The Ohio and national chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union, along with law firm Covington & Burling, LLP, announced the lawsuit Thursday afternoon, accusing the Republican majority of “disrespecting the letter and […]

Ohio House Speaker leans into ‘medical freedom’

BY: - September 24, 2021

The Republican Speaker of the Ohio House, under mounting pressure from the nascent anti-vaccination movement within the GOP, said his caucus is soon to unveil consensus legislation to ban vaccine mandates. Speaker Bob Cupp, R-Lima, said to reporters Wednesday that House leadership is in the “final stages” of putting together a bill to erect legal […]

Race education bills get big turnout in legislature, most urging opposition

BY: - September 24, 2021

Both bills that would change the way racial issues are taught in schools appeared in an Ohio House committee this week, and the overwhelming majority of citizen speakers wanted to see the proposed legislation go away. House bills 322 and 327 were up for committee consideration on Wednesday, and Republicans amended HB 322 to specifically […]