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House Republicans introduce bill to eliminate prevailing wage

BY: - May 22, 2020

Amid a flurry of other legislative activity, two Republican state representatives introduced a bill this week to repeal prevailing wage in Ohio. State reps. Ron Hood of Ashville and Bill Dean of Xenia introduced House Bill 663 on Tuesday, four months after first pitching the bill to colleagues in January.  Eight Republicans join them as […]

GOP lawmakers proposing new bill to limit powers of Ohio health director

BY: - May 9, 2020

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, […]

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 […]

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Efforts to curb prevailing wage in Ohio a Republican trend

BY: - January 17, 2020

Republican lawmakers have tried for years to curb prevailing wage law in Ohio, and the most-recent effort calls for removing the law entirely.  The Capital Journal has reported that two Ohio House members, Ron Hood of Ashville and Bill Dean of Xenia, plan to soon introduce legislation to end prevailing wage.  Many of the sponsoring […]

Two Republican Ohio House members look to eliminate prevailing wage law

BY: - January 15, 2020

Two Republican legislators have asked their colleagues to support a soon-to-be proposed bill which would eliminate prevailing wage in Ohio. The impending legislative battle is likely to spark objections from labor unions and put pressure on House Speaker Larry Householder, who reportedly made a commitment to labor groups in his quest for leadership a year […]

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How gerrymandering brings about extreme Ohio laws that don’t reflect majority opinion

BY: - December 9, 2019

Recent gun and abortion bills the latest examples For decades, Ohio has been the quintessential battleground state. But in the last 10 years, Ohio has steadily taken a turn to the right — but not because its voters have suddenly become more conservative. Sure, Republicans enjoy supermajority control of both state legislative chambers and hold […]

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Ohio abortion bills by the numbers: Here’s what’s pending

BY: - December 3, 2019

A number of abortion-related bills have passed at least one chamber of the Ohio legislature, or are being reviewed currently within the Statehouse. Legislation that would effectively ban abortions after about six weeks — Senate Bill 23 — passed the Senate in April with 18 votes in favor and 13 opposed. The House approved the […]