Rob McColley

Public health officials say SB 22 would hamper pandemic response

BY: - February 11, 2021

Public health took center stage at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday, if only for an hour, with experts crediting the government pandemic response for saving lives and asking lawmakers not to hamper the ability to do so again in the future.  Officials representing health departments throughout Ohio are opposed to Republican-backed legislation that would give […]

Legislation seeks to provide internet access in unserved areas of Ohio

BY: - February 10, 2021

Ohio legislators are making quick work on the issue of broadband expansion so far in 2021, with the goal of providing internet access to all areas of the state. A Republican-led effort is already seeing progress during the new legislative term. On Wednesday afternoon, the Ohio Senate voted unanimously to pass a bill to finance […]

Ohio bill targeting health dept. authority may be unconstitutional, Statehouse researchers say

BY: - February 9, 2021

Some Ohio lawmakers believe the health orders issued over the past year are unconstitutional and reflect an executive branch of government overstepping its boundaries. A proposed bill to solve that problem may itself be unconstitutional. That’s the opinion of the Legislative Service Commission, a non-partisan group which provides legal and policy research to Ohio legislators. Senate […]

Anti-mask, anti-vax Ohioans support bill targeting health dept. authority

BY: - February 4, 2021

Maskless and frustrated, a string of Ohioans offered tales Wednesday of their personal aggrievement since the coronavirus pandemic began. A woman told of her favorite gluten-free bake shop closing down in 2020, thus denying her access to “cheesy bread with the best freshly made marinara sauce I’ve ever tasted.” She also claimed her cat died […]

Ohio Republicans propose committee that could rescind COVID-19 health orders

BY: - January 27, 2021

With a new term of the Ohio General Assembly comes a new effort by Republican lawmakers to target the authority of state health officials to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  A new bill proposes the creation of a legislative committee that could strike down health orders, emergency declarations and executive orders from the governor.  It […]

Ohio Senate passes bill to prohibit widespread stay-at-home orders

BY: - September 24, 2020

The Ohio Senate has approved a bill that would restrict the state health director from issuing broad quarantine and stay-at-home orders in battling a pandemic. Senate Bill 311 is one in a string of bills introduced by Republican legislators this year seeking to rein in power of the Ohio Department of Health, all while the […]

Ohio Senate votes against bill to limit state health director’s power

BY: - May 20, 2020

The Ohio Senate unanimously voted against an amended bill on Wednesday that would subject some orders from the state health director to a legislative review. Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives have defended the bill as allowing for checks and balances between branches of government. Senators of both parties offered numerous reasons for voting […]

GOP state senators announce bill to end shutdown, curb Dr. Acton’s power

BY: - May 13, 2020

A pair of Republican state senators have proposed their own bill to get Ohio reopened and curb the executive power of the governor and state health director. The Republican caucus in the Ohio House of Representatives has been active in this effort over the past two weeks, but this marks the first bill coming from […]

Many Ohio lawmakers use campaign $$ to subscribe to hometown papers

BY: - February 7, 2020

Dozens of Ohio legislators are choosing to spend their donors’ money in the interest of local journalism. In total, 35 state representatives and senators paid for news subscriptions using campaign funds in 2019, a review from the Ohio Capital Journal has found.  And though the president bemoans the alleged problem of “fake news,” it is […]

Gun advocates argue for removal of ‘duty to retreat’ in Ohio

BY: - December 13, 2019

A third hearing on a bill to remove the duty to retreat from a self-defense law was eventful and testy at times on Wednesday in its state Senate committee.  Senate Bill 237 would expand the current law, often called the Castle Doctrine, which gives Ohio residents legal standing to use force to defend their home […]