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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, right, overseeing the Election Night Reporting Center in Columbus, Ohio, watches early returns in the Ohio primary election from the Election Night Command Center, Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
Gene Puskar / Associated Press

Republicans in the Ohio House passed a fast-tracked bill that would make some changes in election law for the November election. The legislation was much different than the original plan opposed by voter groups, but it still failed to get any Democratic votes.

Protesters march in downtown Columbus on June 2, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

As more than 100 protestors chanted and demonstrated outside the Statehouse on Thursday, the Ohio House held a voting session that concluded with some passionate comments about the killing of George Floyd and the bigger issues his death has raised.

A bowl of stickers for those taking advantage of early voting, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Steubenville, Ohio.
Gene Puskar / Associated Press

On a party-line vote, an Ohio House committee passed a bill that will make some changes to election law. Backers say it gives more flexibility to election officials should COVID-19 cause changes this November but its opponents have concerns.

Police in riot gear in front of a protest at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

The top Democrat in the Ohio House says it’s time to take recommendations and reports about community policing off the shelf and put them in action.

A man walks past a closed business Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

A bill to grant essential businesses and health care workers immunity from pandemic-related lawsuits has quickly and overwhelmingly passed the Ohio House. The measure now moves on to the Senate.

As local health departments try to contain the spread of coronavirus by tracking down those who might have been exposed to people with COVID-19, the Ohio House passed a bill requiring health officials to get written permission from people before beginning the contact tracing process.

The House has overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill allowing sports gambling, under control of the Ohio Lottery Commission. But there could be a long road ahead before betting on sports would be legal in Ohio.

Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

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.

Rep. David Leland (D-Columbus) at a press conference with other Ohio House Democrats in 2019.
Ohio House

As Ohio opens for business again, many workers have qualms about returning to their jobs. Some Democrats at the Statehouse are proposing a bill they say will protect those workers wary of returning to their jobs.

Greg Lehman is one of the owners of Watershed Distillery.
Courtesy of Watershed

A new Ohio House bill would allow bars and restaurants to expand their seating and service into parking lots or public grounds. They’d also be able to sell alcohol for delivery through third-party services such as GrubHub or Doordash.

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.

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)
Paul Vernon / Associated Press

The Democratic leader of the Ohio House, state Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), says the state has not done enough to address the disproportionate effect COVID-19 is having on black Ohioans.

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton speaks at a daily coronavirus press conference.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

A prominent anti-abortion group has taken an unusual step: asking the Ohio Senate to reject a House proposal that would restrict the power of public health orders signed by Gov. Mike DeWine and his health director.

State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron)
Ohio House

A Democratic lawmaker has filed a complaint with the Franklin County Health Department, after the Ohio House Speaker announced plans to allow all 98 representatives in the chamber at the same time during a session.

The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus on March 26, 2020.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the slow reopening of the economy, the state's budget shortfall, and the poltics of wearing masks at the Statehouse.

Also this week: Ohio House Republicans voted to limit the power of Department of Health orders, a measure that Gov. Mike DeWine said he will veto.

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