State lawmakers are ready to approve new congressional maps. Will DeWine intervene?

BY: - November 18, 2021

A last-minute congressional district plan is on a fast track for approval later today, Thursday. Assuming Republican lawmakers who have controlled the process from the outset support the proposal, there’s one last safety valve before final approval. But if redistricting activists are hoping for Gov. Mike DeWine to veto the map, they may be disappointed. […]

DeWine asked for gun control. Lawmakers gave him a ‘make my day’ bill.

BY: - December 18, 2020

The Ohio Senate passed a “stand your ground” bill Friday, sending to Gov. Mike DeWine a proposal that would rescind a requirement that gun owners first seek to elude a confrontation before responding with bullets. If passed, Senate Bill 175 would hand a major victory to gun advocacy groups like the National Rifle Association and […]

Covid skeptics look to ‘weak links’ in House on bill to gut the health department

BY: - December 7, 2020

Overriding the governor’s veto on legislation that would eviscerate the state health department’s legal power to respond to pandemics could be close, and supportive activists are eyeing two House representatives they see as “weak links” in the chain. Reps. Gayle Manning and Dave Greenspan, both Republicans, voted against Senate Bill 1 in May, which would […]

DeWine vetoes anti-health department bill; lawmakers double down

BY: - December 3, 2020

For the second time during the new coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Mike DeWine has vetoed legislation from fellow Republicans seeking to undercut the Ohio Department of Health’s legal authority to stymie the virus’ spread. The nixed proposal, Senate Bill 311, would give the state legislature the ability to vote down any public health orders. It would […]

Lawmakers send bill to governor to kneecap health department authority

BY: - November 19, 2020

The Ohio Legislature spurned the medical community and aligned itself with anti-vaccine groups Thursday, sending to Gov. Mike DeWine legislation that scuttles the state health department’s quarantine powers. In a party line vote, House Republicans passed Senate Bill 311, which prohibits the Ohio Department of Health from issuing statewide and regional quarantine or isolation orders […]

U.S. Senate votes to ax DeVos student loan policy

BY: - March 13, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to overturn a controversial regulation from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that her critics say hurts defrauded student loan borrowers. Senate Democrats forced the vote under the Congressional Review Act, a law that allows Congress to overturn federal rules within 60 days after they’re finalized. The U.S. House […]