Larry Householder

Dr. Richard Strauss
Associated Press

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.

House Speaker Larry Householder
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Republican leaders in the Senate have approved a deal that would stop a dramatic increase in the number of public school buildings where students will be eligible for private school vouchers.

Ohio Statehouse cupola
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The deadline has passed for communities throughout the state to submit their requests for Ohio’s capital budget, which is expected sometime near the end of March, when Gov. Mike DeWine will deliver his State of the State speech.

Two Republican Ohio House members want to introduce a bill soon that would eliminate the prevailing wage on construction projects. And that puts the GOP leader of that chamber in a spot.

For the first time in eight years, Ohio’s governor will deliver two consecutive State of the State speeches at the state capitol.

guns on display in a gun store
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The leader of the Ohio House had pointed to a bill that would change gun and mental health laws as an alternative to Gov. Mike DeWine’s anti-gun violence package. The proposal that is likely to be opposed by some Republicans.

Mourners gather for a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Even after a deadly mass shooting in Dayton appeared to flip the gun conversation in Ohio, 2019 comes to a close with legislators having done little on the issue of gun control.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
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The Republican leader of the Ohio House says lawmakers are in a quandary when it comes to the death penalty. 

A Hilliard schools student completes classroom work with an iPad.
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A Democratic lawmaker and longtime critic of private school vouchers says she’s not convinced there’s time to do a short-term fix to a huge expansion of the state’s largest voucher program.

Classroom
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New rules on the state’s largest voucher program have meant a 400% increase in the number of public schools where students qualify for private school vouchers. 

Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the country, will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025.
Rogelio V. Solis / AP

Voting mostly along party lines, the Ohio House has passed a bill banning local communities from restricting the use of plastic bags, sending it on to the Senate.

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