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House leader ducks questions about indicted Republican keeping seat

BY: - May 21, 2021

Five men were charged. Four cases remain open. Three plea deals have been signed. Two alleged conspirators might cooperate with federal prosecutors. But only one man, Rep. Larry Householder, R-Glenford, continues to shape state law and draw a taxpayer funded salary of roughly $62,000, even under shadow of a racketeering indictment described by prosecutors as […]

Inside Ohio Republicans’ 10-month war on the state health department over COVID-19

BY: - March 8, 2021

Ohioans were living with the coronavirus for about two months before GOP lawmakers initiated what would be a nearly yearlong effort to squash the state health department’s ability to issue public health orders. The earliest version of the idea was to limit any order issued by the Ohio Department of Health to a two-week window. […]

Ohio House GOP again seeks to weaken prevailing wage law

BY: - March 4, 2021

Twelve House Republicans reignited efforts to rollback Ohio’s prevailing wage law, which requires governments to pay union-scale wages on most construction projects. The lead sponsors, GOP Reps. Craig Riedel and Susan Manchester, presented legislation to a House committee Wednesday that would allow various government entities to opt out from the requirements of Ohio’s prevailing wage […]

Ohio House Speaker defends naming anti-vaccine rep as Health Chairman

BY: - February 5, 2021

The Speaker of the Ohio House on Wednesday defended his decision to re-appoint a representative with outspoken anti-vaccine views to the helm of the House Health Committee. Rep. Scott Lipps, R-Franklin, has pushed legislation to weaken Ohio’s vaccine laws; called in to video conferences hosted by anti-vaccine groups; made public statements about the need to […]

In ‘political pandemic,’ Ohio lawmakers punt on COVID-19 response

BY: - September 2, 2020

The state General Assembly is not deploying any legislative effort to respond to the health toll of a pandemic that has killed 4,165 Ohioans so far this year. Eight months into Ohio’s coronavirus outbreak, nursing homes still report a chronic lack of personal protective equipment, Gov. Mike DeWine has repeatedly bemoaned COVID-19 testing shortages, the […]