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As state lawmakers started a new session Monday, one lawmaker is vowing to once again introduce a bill to expand access to broadband internet. Lawmakers failed to pass a bill with bipartisan support during the previous session.

New Ohio House Speaker Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) speaks during an announcement of a proposed overhaul school funding for schools in Ohio at the Statehouse in Columbus, March 25, 2019.
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State lawmakers selected state Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) to continue serving as speaker of the Ohio House. Cupp laid out a blue print of how he wants the next two years of the 134th General Assembly to look.

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Ohio State employee Stacey Boyer, left, receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Kelli Barnes Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine expressed frustration last week with the slow rollout of the vaccine, and the low compliance rate among some frontline workers.

He estimated that 60% of nursing home workers are refusing to be inoculated, and he said more education is needed to assure workers the vaccine is safe.

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
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Ohio's new General Assembly starts two years of work on Monday, and there's an uncertain future for Larry Householder. The Republican former House Speaker faces a massive federal bribery indictment, but he remains a state lawmaker after winning reelection last fall.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, left, speaks alongside Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, right, during a vigil at the scene of a mass shooting, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Dayton.
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The Ohio General Assembly has wrapped up one of the most tumultuous years in state history, with a pandemic, economic downturn and bribery scandal all playing out at the same time. That left hundreds of bills on the table.

A bill in the Ohio legislature that toughens penalties for domestic abuse and creates more protections for victims will not pass the General Assembly by the end of the year. The bill's sponsor says she plans to reintroduce what's known as Aisha's Law in the new year.

Until very recently, it looked like the Ohio legislature might finally overhaul the state's school funding system, which was declared unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court more than 20 years ago. But even with broad bipartisan support, the Ohio Fair School Funding Plan ultimately stalled in the Senate this month. So will this legislation have a future in 2021? Morning Edition host Amy Eddings speaks with ideastream education reporter Jenny Hamel about what comes next.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder leaves the federal courthouse after an initial hearing following charges against him and four others alleging a $60 million bribery scheme Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
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The Ohio House finished the bulk of its work this month with the Republican Speaker saying the chamber will not take any action on HB6 – the sweeping energy law that bails out nuclear power plants and was linked to the biggest alleged scandal in Ohio politics.

Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) speaks to reporters on September 1, 2020.
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Ohio House Republican leadership says 2020 will end without  a vote on any proposal to change HB6. With no delays or repeal, the law stays in place despite being connected to the largest alleged bribery scandal in Ohio history.

Two more House Democrats have tested positive for COVID-19 as the virus continues to have an impact on lame duck session. Several members of both parties were absent during what could be the last day of session.

In this Jan. 14, 2019 photo, Caitlin Powers sits in the living room of her Brooklyn apartment in New York, and has a telemedicine video conference with physician, Dr. Deborah Mulligan.
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Ohio lawmakers have sent to Gov. Mike DeWine a bill that prohibits doctors from using telemedicine to prescribe abortion medication. SB 260 is the second bill limiting abortion that’s passed the legislature during the lame-duck session.

Pipeline construction site
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People who protest oil and gas pipelines and other infrastructure in Ohio could face stiffer penalties, under a bill passed by the Ohio House late Thursday.

In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, an assortment of firearms are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Ill.
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As Ohio lawmakers return for a final week of their lame duck session, Gov. Mike DeWine is hinting he’ll veto a controversial gun bill they sent to him last week. If he does reject the so-called "Stand Your Ground" bill, lawmakers may not be able to do anything about it.

Demonstrators march through downtown during the "March for Our Lives" protest for gun legislation and school safety, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Cincinnati.
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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 flurry of activity from the Ohio General Assembly’s lame duck session. Dayton Daily News statehouse reporter Laura Bischoff joins the show.

The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus on March 26, 2020.
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The Ohio House and Ohio Senate wrapped up long voting sessions with the House even going into the early morning hours on Friday. Although lawmakers passed dozens of bills in the process, there are several issues still on the table.