Brigid Kelly

Child sex abuse prevention bill makes progress after 10 years stalled in Ohio Senate

BY: - June 8, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   Ohio is one of the few remaining states that doesn’t require […]

Bipartisan bill to teach child sex abuse prevention in Ohio schools stalls for fifth time

BY: - March 31, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   For the fifth time in 10 years, the bipartisan bill that […]

Ohio House approves congressional maps largely along party lines

BY: - November 19, 2021

The Ohio House has approved new congressional districts that will give Republican candidates a significant electoral advantage for the next four years. The map will only be in place for those two election cycles because not a single Democratic member voted for it. The map now heads for Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk. If DeWine signs […]

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 […]

Mailbag: What’s the cost of sending Highway Patrol to the Texas border?

BY: - July 12, 2021

Welcome back to another installment of the Ohio Capital Journal Mailbag, which rank choice voting has shown is the most-read political column in the state. (Or at least is readers’ third pick.) Let’s get to it: Got a question about Ohio politics/government? Send them by email to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. Any new […]

Democrats want to allow for virtual testimony at Statehouse committees

BY: - May 24, 2021

At different times during the pandemic, Democratic lawmakers have tried unsuccessfully to push for the Ohio General Assembly to conduct its work remotely. Now with Ohio navigating its return to normalcy, Democrats still want to provide some virtual access to the legislative process in the years to come. Members are proposing legislation that would allow […]

Rep. makes case for virtual hearings, mask mandate at Ohio Statehouse

BY: - February 12, 2021

Rep. Brigid Kelly wants to see the Ohio General Assembly embrace legislating by virtual means as the state keeps battling the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Whether the legislature meets in person or by video conference, the Cincinnati Democrat would like constituents to be able to testify for and against bills through digital means. And if hearings […]

Here are the proposals to raise the minimum wage for Ohio workers

BY: - January 29, 2021

There are multiple efforts underway to raise the minimum wage for Ohio workers to $15 an hour. The plans differ slightly on the timeline to reach that goal, but Democrats in the Ohio Statehouse, in Congress and in the White House are simultaneously pushing for an increase they say is necessary to benefit low-income Americans. […]

State rep. again calls for virtual hearings, testimony during pandemic

BY: - January 25, 2021

When Ohio business owners were asked early on in the pandemic to share their concerns with lawmakers, they were given a chance to do so via Zoom video conference. And when lawmakers on the Ohio Controlling Board hold regular meetings, they discuss budgetary issues with agency officials on a similar digital platform. But ordinary Ohioans […]

Ohio’s minimum wage to rise by 10 cents per hour in 2021

BY: - December 25, 2020

The Ohio minimum wage will rise by 10 cents to $8.80 per hour in 2021. That will be the wage for non-tipped employees. Tipped workers will earn $4.35 per hour plus tips in 2021. Ohio workers under the age of 16 will make the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour. Ohio’s minimum wage […]

Ohio Biz Fairness Act passes House to prevent future COVID-19 shutdowns

BY: - November 19, 2020

‘All businesses are essential,’ lawmaker says A bill seeking to prevent any future COVID-19 business shutdowns as part of a pandemic response took a major step Wednesday toward reaching Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk. House Bill 621, nicknamed the Business Fairness Act, passed the Ohio House of Representatives with bipartisan support and now awaits action by […]

Mailbag: I requested an absentee ballot. Can I change my mind?

BY: - October 2, 2020

Unlike Chris Wallace, our brilliant Ohio Capital Journal readers get the privilege of having a mute button. Just don’t use it on me.  It’s time for another edition of the Mailbag: Got a question about Ohio politics? Send them to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. If you request a mail-in ballot, can you change […]