Sen. Matt Huffman

Explainer: The proposals to keep Ohio’s redistricting process on track

BY: - May 3, 2021

Ohio’s redistricting process is in a state of turmoil, with a delay in Census data leading the state to worry about there not being enough time to adequately draw new legislative maps. Republicans and Democrats have both presented plans for how Ohio can deal with these delays. In essence, legislative leaders from both parties want […]

If sports gambling is legalized, where should Ohioans be able to bet?

BY: - April 13, 2021

Momentum appears to be growing for legalized sports betting in Ohio. The key question of where Ohioans will be able to place bets is being debated, and the decision could have major implications for businesses and schools. One by one, states across the country are embracing this fast-growing industry as a way of capturing tax […]

DeWine on veto override: ‘This is not the only crisis we will face’

BY: - March 26, 2021

When lawmakers started debating a bill to give themselves power to strike down public health orders, Gov. Mike DeWine expressed hope they would ultimately reject the proposal. When lawmakers passed the bill, DeWine said he would veto it and expressed hope they would choose against overriding him. Less than 24 hours after issuing his veto, […]

DeWine: It would be ‘absolutely irresponsible’ to not veto SB 22

BY: - March 12, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine did not hold his punches when commenting on a bill passed by the legislature targeting the executive branch’s authority to respond to a pandemic. On Thursday, he called Senate Bill 22 clearly unconstitutional, predicted it would be challenged in court and suggested lawmakers did not fully understand the ramifications it would have […]

Never needed? Senate president predicts little opposition to nuclear bailout repeal

BY: - February 18, 2021

A billion-dollar nuclear subsidy was the subject of an intense fight in 2019 and great controversy since. But the president of the Ohio Senate this week predicted that a repeal will make it through the House, Senate and that Gov. Mike DeWine will sign it. The reason: The company that owns the nuclear reactors no […]

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, […]

State rep. again calls for virtual hearings, testimony during pandemic

BY: - January 25, 2021

When Ohio business owners were asked early on in the pandemic to share their concerns with lawmakers, they were given a chance to do so via Zoom video conference. And when lawmakers on the Ohio Controlling Board hold regular meetings, they discuss budgetary issues with agency officials on a similar digital platform. But ordinary Ohioans […]

An Ohio county heard mixed messages on COVID-19. Now it’s a hotspot.

BY: - December 14, 2020

With the coronavirus raging in Darke County and health officials promoting a much-needed testing opportunity earlier this month, an area lawmaker offered a different message to her constituents in western Ohio. Quoting President Reagan, state Rep. Jena Powell wrote to her thousands of social followers: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: […]

Legislator: If schools don’t open this fall, “real chaos” will ensue

BY: - June 15, 2020

In arguing that schools should be able to reopen on their own terms in the fall, a Republican legislator said the state health director shouldn’t be a part of that decision. State Sen. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, introduced a bill to the Senate Education Committee that would give authority to local school districts — public, private […]