Larry Householder

Licking Heights High School freshmen take notes in a World History class taught by Amy Obhof..
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Inside the omnibus coronavirus bill passed by the Ohio legislature Wednesday was a measure that settles an issue lawmakers have been struggling with for months. That’s the question of how many students would qualify next school year for the state’s largest private school voucher program.

The bill that made some changes across state law related to coronavirus also set a new ending for the Ohio primary, after polling places were shut down just hours before election day.

A consensus is growing in Ohio - among Democrats and Republicans alike - that it is time Ohio set a date for its primary election, which was to have happened Tuesday, so that all of this can be over, once and for all.

A sign is taped to a door leading into a polling location at the Messiah Lutheran Church, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Lyndhurst, Ohio.
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Ohio voters didn’t head to the polls Tuesday, and it’s still not completely clear when they will. 

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is scheduled to meet this week with House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) in hopes of reaching a resolution on school vouchers.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (left) and Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (right)
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The Ohio Senate has rejected a House plan to replace the state’s private school voucher system. That means there’s now a dual front in the battle over the rapidly-expanding EdChoice program, with two conference committees dealing with two versions of a fix.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (left) and Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (right)
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With just hours to go before families could submit applications for the state’s EdChoice private school voucher program on February 1, lawmakers delayed that window until April 1 to work out a compromise. The leaders in both Republican-controlled chambers are holding fast to their different proposals.

For the last decade, Ohio lawmakers were locked in heated debates over how the state should address energy generation, from bailing out nuclear to rolling back green energy standards. With a new law that does both of those on the books, House and Senate leaders are starting to turn their attention to a different energy debate: modernizing the power grid. 

Gov. Mike DeWine, center, speaks between Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, left, and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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As Ohio prison officials work on a way to continue carrying out executions, House and Senate leaders are considering having deeper discussions on the future of the death penalty.

House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) unveil new cameras installed in a committee room in March.
Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder is clarifying comments he made about legislation related to the the Richard Strauss scandal at Ohio State.

Dr. Richard Strauss
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An Ohio House committee reacted quickly Monday to a scathing statement issued by Speaker Larry Householder about inaction on a bill to let people sue Ohio State University over claims of decades-old sexual abuse by a team doctor.

A teacher in a classroom
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The Ohio House has voted on a plan to move the start of Ohio's private school voucher application process back to April 1. The vote came just hours before the EdChoice program is supposed to start accepting applications on Saturday.

Money in a tip jar.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the effort to get a higer minumum wage referendum on the November ballot.

James Hayes, spokesman for Ohioans for Raising the Wage, joins the show.

School Vouchers In Ohio

Jan 30, 2020
Crystal Brown, left, comforts her 15-year-old daughter Josephine Brown-Walker as she talks about her EdChoice voucher, which allows her to attend a Christian high school in Columbus.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

The state legislature is racing against a Saturday deadline that would automatically – and massively – expand the number of public schools where students are eligible for private or religious school vouchers.

Licking Heights High School freshmen take notes in a World History class taught by Amy Obhof..
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Talks on a deal to stop a huge increase in the number of Ohio public school buildings where students would qualify for private school vouchers are dragging on. Now the House Speaker is proposing a major overhaul of the voucher system.

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