Nursing home assn. gave $135k to dark money group tied to Householder bribery case

BY: - March 22, 2021

An entity representing Ohio’s nursing home industry contributed at least $135,000 to a political dark money group that has pleaded guilty to its role in an alleged racketeering scheme involving former House Speaker Larry Householder. The nonprofit 501(c)(4) entity, 55 Green Meadows, is affiliated with the Ohio Health Care Association — both groups share an […]

Before outbreak, infected House GOP lawmaker skirted COVID-19 guidelines

BY: - December 10, 2020

A Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives who contracted COVID-19 skirted public health guidance, potentially exposing fellow lawmakers and staff to the new coronavirus that causes the disease. Democratic members and staff, meanwhile, say they were never informed of Rep. Stephen Hambley’s positive diagnosis, despite his appearances at floor sessions and committee hearings […]

‘Destined to be an outbreak:’ House Dems livid as lawmakers catch COVID-19

BY: and - December 8, 2020

Nine months and 7,000 Ohioans’ deaths into the pandemic, House Republicans continue to shirk basic contact tracing protocols as three lawmakers have been infected with the new coronavirus in a week, the ranking Democrat alleged in an interview Monday.  Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes, D-Akron, said the House Speaker’s Office is mum after at least […]

Two men tied to Householder corruption probe plead guilty

BY: - October 29, 2020

Two men charged alongside former GOP House Speaker Larry Householder in an alleged racketeering operation channeled through the Ohio Statehouse pleaded guilty to one felony federal charge each Thursday afternoon. The pleas mark the first known convictions in the Householder affair and an early victory for prosecutors. They also raise the possibility of the men […]

House passes bill to shield businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits

BY: - May 29, 2020

The Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that offers health care providers and general businesses a powerful shield from lawsuits related to COVID-19. House Bill 606 would offer qualified immunity — protection from litigation — to health care providers like first responders or nursing homes during a declared disaster or emergency. The provider […]

Ohio House passes sports betting bill

BY: - May 29, 2020

The Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would allow Ohioans to place bets on sports. The bill passed 83-10. It now heads to the Ohio Senate, which has been working on a similar proposal with a different regulatory body and lower tax rate. The House bill would give oversight responsibilities to the […]

Dem House candidate takes ballot fight to state Supreme Court

BY: - January 30, 2020

A Franklin County Democrat is asking the state Supreme Court to override the Franklin County Board of Elections’ refusal to place her on the party’s primary ballot. To appear on the ballot for the 25th House District, Tiffany White needed 50 valid signatures on her nominating petition. She submitted 89 in December. The Franklin County […]