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Taylor Williams, left, and other shoppers what in line to enter a Traders Joes store, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Woodmere Village, Ohio. Only 25 customers are allowed in the store at one time.
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The number of Ohio counties where masks are required in indoor business spaces and public places has gone up to 12, with one county falling off the initial list and five more being added.

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

Recent vandalism to the Ohio Statehouse and other high-profile government buildings has prompted an outcry from some of the state’s top leaders. Now, Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow the Ohio Attorney General to go after those who damage public buildings.

Updated July 10 at 7:45 a.m. ET

Ohio state Rep. Nino Vitale is urging his constituents not to get tested for the coronavirus, flouting advice from health officials — and from another Republican lawmaker, Gov. Mike DeWine.

"This is what happens when people go crazy and get tested," Vitale wrote on Facebook this week. "STOP GETTING TESTED!"

Ohio State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland)
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The leader of Ohio Legislative Black Caucus is the first Ohio lawmaker known to be diagnosed with COVID-19. State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) says she’s experiencing mild symptoms since being diagnosed a couple of days ago.

Fireworks packages in store
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Sales of backyard fireworks are booming in Ohio, at least partly because the pandemic has canceled public fireworks shows. But it’s still technically illegal to set them off in the state, despite efforts by state legislators to change that.

Democrats in the Ohio House say lawmakers need to deal with some important business this summer instead of taking time off.

Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) at a press conference with other Ohio House Democrats in 2019.
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An Ohio bill would have allowed an extension of benefits to unemployed Ohioans who are at-risk or have medical conditions that could be deadly if they contract COVID-19. The sponsor of that legislation says it's not necessary now that Gov. Mike DeWine issued an executive order.

women researcher working on COVID-19 test
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

The Ohio Senate is being asked to consider a bill passed along party lines in the House that requires new reporting standards for COVID-19.

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Nearly 1 million Ohio households lack reliable broadband service, including 300,000 who don’t have any service at all. The Ohio House has passed a bill that would help expand broadband, and it's now up to Senators to pass the plan.

In this June 30, 2015 file photo, a Confederate flag flies at the base of Stone Mountain in Stone Mountain, Ga.
David Goldman / Associated Press

Lawmakers in an Ohio House committee rejected a proposed amendment that would have banned the sale and display of the Confederate flag at county fairs in Ohio.

OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vermont.
Toby Talbot / AP

Some Ohio lawmakers are pushing five different pieces of legislation they say will deal with the state’s opioid abuse problem in a comprehensive way.

Columbus Police confront protesters at a demonstration downtown on June 2, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Republican leaders in the Ohio House are proposing a list of reforms to the law enforcement system, with changes that include more training, stronger disciplinary measures and possible pay increases for police officers.

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 demonstration at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus drew thousands on Friday night, June 5, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

A resolution introduced to declare racism a public health crisis is getting its first hearing in the Republican-dominated Ohio Senate, where one member of the GOP has joined eight Democrats in sponsoring the measure.

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Pixabay

Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow restaurants and bars to sell liquor on Sundays without having to obtain a special permit.

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