Sen. Dave Burke

Burke introduces bill to rescind Ohio business mask enforcement

BY: - December 1, 2020

Ohioans are required to wear masks when patronizing any business, and those businesses must take a forceful role in enforcing that rule. State Sen. Dave Burke, R-Marysville, takes issue with that latter part, and formally introduced a bill on Monday to strike down a portion of that order. It is the latest bill from an […]

Ohio lawmaker plans bill to rescind health order on biz mask enforcement

BY: - November 23, 2020

A Republican state senator says Ohio should strike down a recent order from the state health department requiring businesses to take a heavier hand in enforcing mask mandates for customers. Sen. Dave Burke, R-Marysville, told the Ohio Capital Journal a bill will soon be introduced to achieve just that, the latest in a string of […]

Bill targets energy aggregation as Ohio voters keep approving it

BY: - November 19, 2020

This month, Columbus became the latest and largest city in Ohio to approve an electric aggregation plan to pool customers together in order to seek a cheaper group rate. Voters throughout Ohio have approved many such election and gas aggregation plans in their own counties, cities and townships in recent years. These plans, as agreed […]

Fundamental questions remain as Medicaid revamps drug spending

BY: - September 14, 2020

The Ohio Department of Medicaid is undertaking a massive overhaul of how it pays for more than $3 billion worth of prescription drugs a year. It's planning to implement the changes by March, but so far it hasn't answered basic questions about how it will be done.

Amid questions, Medicaid director has governor’s confidence

BY: - August 13, 2020

The performance of Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, but she retains the confidence of Gov. Mike Dewine. The governor appointed Corcoran to lead the $27 billion-a-year agency in January 2019, after it had experienced a series of controversies involving the pricing and acquisition of prescription drugs. They included […]

Amid furor over senator’s comments, colleagues try to get hearings on racism back on track

BY: - June 17, 2020

Comments last week by Ohio Sen. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, are probably the one thing Americans are most likely to know about the Ohio Senate right now.  But while Huffman’s comments were, to put it charitably, racially insensitive, other members of the Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee worry that the national media response to […]

Ohio Senate passes telemedicine abortion ban

BY: - March 5, 2020

A bill to ban the use of telemedicine for abortion-related services has passed the Ohio Senate, moving on to House consideration. Senate Bill 260 specifically deals with the combination drug Mifeprex, which is used in medication abortions. The bill passed 20 to 9, with two Republicans, Sen. Stephanie Kunze, R-Hilliard, and Sen. Nathan Manning, R-North […]