Larry Obhof

Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Donald Trump announced Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington.
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Hearings are underway to consider Amy Coney Barrett as the next associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Republican leaders in Ohio are urging the U.S. Senate to confirm Barrett despite pushback from Democrats.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Donald Trump announced Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington.
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Anti-abortion activists in Ohio are cheering the nomination of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. They plan to celebrate with a bill that would ban all abortions in Ohio if the landmark "Roe v. Wade" decision is overturned.

Applications for voter ballots are seen at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Cleveland.
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The leader of Democrats in the Ohio House is blasting a Republican-controlled panel of lawmakers for its decision to deny a request to pay for postage on mail-in ballots.

Ohio Senator Bob Peterson addresses guests during during Candle-lite's 175th anniversary celebration Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Leesburg, Ohio.
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State Sen. Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House), president pro tempore of the Ohio Senate, has tested positive for COVID-19. Peterson, along with Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), have placed themselves under quarantine.

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is responding to questions about the state's COVID-19 restrictions and whether they might be loosened in the near future.

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof
Ohio Senate

The president of the Ohio Senate says he is on board with efforts to repeal the state's nuclear bailout law, as a House committee studies how it could be done.

Gov. Mike DeWine inside the Governor's Residence in Columbus on Dec. 13, 2019.
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Ohio House Republicans aren’t uniting behind a plan to impeach Gov. Mike DeWine over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. And if the conservative lawmakers want support from Democrats, they might be disappointed.

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.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

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.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

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.