Ohio Republican lawmakers propose allowing chaplains in public schools
State Rep. Reggie Stoltzfus, R-Paris Township, has filed legislation proposing to allow Ohio’s public school districts to employ chaplains. The proposal comes after Texas lawmakers approved a similar measure over the objections of civil rights groups, academics and even some chaplains themselves. Stoltzfus’ measure would allow districts to hire chaplains or accept volunteers. Regardless of […]
Ohio GOP lawmakers seek to recognize ‘President Donald J. Trump Day’
Two Republican lawmakers are seeking to recognize June 14 in Ohio as “President Donald J. Trump Day.” State Reps. Reggie Stoltzfus of Paris Twp. and Jon Cross of Kenton are planning to introduce a bill in the Ohio House of Representatives making this designation. June 14 is Trump’s birthday. The date is already observed as […]
19 lawmakers declared victory over COVID-19 in June. Now it’s spreading in their districts.
Back in June, 19 state legislators joined together to claim that “Ohio smashed the curve long ago. Mission accomplished!” Months later, as Ohio continues to set new records for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, one of those legislators admits the pandemic has proved to be an “evolving situation.” Another is doubling down on the letter’s message […]
GOP lawmakers proposing new bill to limit powers of Ohio health director
Two Republican state lawmakers are proposing new legislation that would strip the state’s health director position of much of its power to respond to a pandemic. The bill is being proposed by state Reps. Ron Hood of Ashville and Reggie Stoltzfus of Minerva. The two sent a cosponsor request to colleagues in the Ohio House, […]