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Newest ‘divisive concepts’ bill enters Ohio House

BY: - June 1, 2022

The newest bill to regulate school curriculums and keep out what legislators see as “divisive concepts” entered the Ohio House on Tuesday. State Reps. Jean Schmidt, R-Loveland, and Mike Loychik, R-Bazetta, brought House Bill 616 to the State and Local Committee, which prohibits all Ohio schools from “teaching or providing training that promotes or endorses […]

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Legalizing bigotry with “Don’t Say Gay” bill will chase businesses away from Ohio

BY: - April 19, 2022

Question: How could you blow a $20 billion investment in Ohio? Answer: Chase away business with legislation to legitimize bigotry. A cynical attempt by Ohio House Republicans to further stigmatize and marginalize LGBTQ people in Ohio with a Florida-style “Don’t Say Gay” bill could give Intel pause about breaking ground on the state’s largest private […]

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Lawmakers shouldn’t be able to flee from questions on ‘divisive concepts’ bills

BY: - April 13, 2022

It is not a good look when a member of the Ohio House of Representatives is caught on camera fleeing members of the press while asking them not to “harass” her. What made it even more exceptionally odd was that this member of the Ohio House, state Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Loveland, happened to have previously […]

House Republicans introduce Ohio’s version of Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

BY: - April 6, 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.   House Republicans introduced Ohio’s version of Florida’s controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ […]

Householder left off legislative committees as new term gets in full swing

BY: - February 5, 2021

What to know as the 134th Ohio General Assembly’s legislative work ramps up When the Ohio House of Representatives’ Republican Caucus recently announced its committee assignments, one members’ name was noticeably absent: the former House speaker who is on trial for public corruption. Rep. Larry Householder is serving his third term in the 72nd District, […]

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GOP lawmaker wants to make Ohio a ‘Second Amendment sanctuary state’

BY: - January 27, 2021

A Republican lawmaker plans to introduce legislation to denote Ohio as a “Second Amendment sanctuary state.” State Rep. Mike Loychik of Bazetta announced plans to sponsor the bill in early February. The goal is to shield Ohio from any future law considered to be infringements on Ohioans’ constitutional right to bear arms, Loychik stated in […]

Meet the freshmen lawmakers of the 134th Ohio General Assembly

BY: - January 6, 2021

Monday marked the beginning of the 134th Ohio General Assembly, the two-year legislative term that will run through the end of 2022. With each term comes a slate of new faces representing every corner of the state.  Here is a quick introduction to the freshman class of the 134th Ohio General Assembly: Ohio House of […]

Key takeaways from the 2020 Ohio Statehouse elections

BY: - November 4, 2020

By all indications, the Ohio Republican Party appears to have maintained its supermajorities in both state legislative chambers as they head into a new term next year. The results from Tuesday night are unofficial and several races are too close to call. But Republicans were able to net at least a few seats in the […]