The state said no to masks. Now, Ohio cities are saying yes.

BY: - July 2, 2020

The governor dithered. The state legislature said no way. So on Tuesday, the Springfield City Commission took it upon itself to pass a resolution (which lacks the force of law) calling for all residents to cover their faces while indoors, a practice research says will slow the spread of COVID-19 through Ohio. By Wednesday, Dayton […]

House Republicans vote down mask mandate for lawmakers and staff

BY: - May 20, 2020

Ohio House Republicans squashed a proposal from Democrats on Tuesday that would have required lawmakers and staff to wear face masks while conducting House business to slow the spread of COVID-19. The House Rules and Reference Committee, an arm of House leadership, recommended postponing the issue indefinitely, paving the way to the proposal’s demise. The […]

Coronavirus masks: the Ohio legislature’s new partisan divide

BY: - May 7, 2020

Votes and face coverings alike fell along party lines Wednesday. With few exceptions, Ohio’s Republican lawmakers flouted federal guidelines recommending everyone wear masks in congregate settings. Democrats heeded them. Barefaced, Speaker of the House Larry Householder, R-Glenford, said he didn’t even own a mask. “It’s just a personal matter for people,” he said to a […]