Larry Obhof

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos spoke at Upper Arlington private school on Thursday to discuss school choice.
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Some local school administrators and local elected officials say they were surprised to see U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaking at an Upper Arlington Christian academy on Thursday.

Hand prints in red paint were left on the west columns and stairs at the Ohio Statehouse as part of a protest on June 18.
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Some Ohio leaders are expressing anger over damage at the Ohio Statehouse after protests in downtown Columbus – with one even suggesting the state consider a kind of secession from the capital city.

Ohio Senate president Larry Obhof is defending income tax cuts in their version of the budget, which must be finalized by this weekend.
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The fund that Ohio uses to pay jobless benefits is now broke – a fate that was predicted even before the coronavirus pandemic. Now, state leaders are struggling with how to pay back the money being borrowed to keep those unemployment checks coming.

Lottery tickets on display in a gas station convenience store in Columbus.
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State lawmakers are still considering how to regulate sports gambling in Ohio. However, one Republican state senator says sports betting isn’t going to help bring in a lot more money for the state, so he wants more action from the Ohio Lottery.

Republican Sen. Steve Huffman speaks during a rally at Darke County GOP headquarters in Greenville, Ohio in this October 13, 2014 file photo.
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The Republican leader of the Ohio Senate, Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), has issued a rebuke to racist comments made by state Sen. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) during a committee hearing last week.

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina)
Ohio Senate

As state lawmakers are asked to consider a resolution to declare racism a public health crisis, Ohio Senate leaders plan to hold meetings throughout the state to listen to the concerns of black Ohioans. 

More than 50 people were signed up to speak out at the first hearing in the Ohio Senate for a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. They were some of the more than 130 people and groups who provided written testimony in support of the proposal backed by eight Senate Democrats and one Republican.

A proposal from the Ohio House that would require people with COVID-19 give consent to contact tracing in writing has been rejected by the Senate. That sends the bill to a conference committee.

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An investigation is ongoing into threats targeting two sitting Democratic state lawmakers, a well-known senator from Akron who’s served in both chambers and his daughter, who leads the minority in the Ohio House.

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)
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Ohio leaders are condemning threats of violence made against Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes and her father, state Sen. Vernon Sykes, last weekend.

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof
Ohio Senate

The Ohio Senate unanimously rejected an Ohio House measure that would've scaled back the power of state public health orders. Senators blasted the House amendment, saying it undermined health experts and created too many unintended consequences.

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. 

Ohio I Voted Stickers
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The Ohio Ballot Board has voted to split a voter rights measure into four separate potential ballot issues. The amendment, which includes constitutionally protected early voting and automated voter registration, could now circulate as four different petitions.

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.

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