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Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during a public inauguration ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.
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A Republican bill that would curb the power of Ohio Department of Health director Dr. Amy Acton reflects a split in how to restart Ohio's economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton gives daily briefings on the coronavirus with Gov. Mike DeWine.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

On a mostly party-line vote, the Ohio House has approved a bill that would limit the power and length of public health orders that Gov. Mike DeWine and Health Department director Amy Acton have been issuing on COVID-19.

House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) unveil new cameras installed in a committee room in March.
Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

As Ohio moves closer to allowing certain businesses to reopen after coronavirus closings, Republican and Democratic state lawmakers are raising concerns about Gov. Mike DeWine's plan and promoting their own ideas.

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

It's Election Day in Ohio, although things look a little bit different this year. Below, find results for Statehouse races in Central Ohio.

Andrea Duncan protests the closure of Ohio businesses at the Statehouse.
David Holm / WOSU

A group of Republican lawmakers pre-empted Gov. Mike DeWine in announcing a framework for reopening Ohio’s economy, followed soon after by a plan from Democrat legislators.

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

More than 226,000 people – over a quarter of a million Ohioans – filed for unemployment in just the last week. Nearly 700,000 Ohioans have filed in the last three weeks.

Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to reporters after a House session, while waiting for the Senate to take action on a bill that includes a change to the EdChoice voucher program.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

This episode originally aired on April 7, 2020.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder on Monday named 24 lawmakers to a bipartisan task force that will research ways the Ohio House can speed economic recovery from the pandemic.

Ohio’s budget office reported Monday that preliminary March tax receipts fell 10.5% or $159 million below expectations.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
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Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder named 24 lawmakers to a bipartisan task force that will research economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Licking Heights High School freshmen take notes in a World History class taught by Amy Obhof..
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Inside the omnibus coronavirus bill passed by the Ohio legislature Wednesday was a measure that settles an issue lawmakers have been struggling with for months. That’s the question of how many students would qualify next school year for the state’s largest private school voucher program.

Former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger
Ohio House

Social media posts show ex-Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger has traveled widely as a federal investigation into his travel and spending practices in public office remains open.

Local leaders are pushing for Ohio to adopt a fuel quality testing program. House Bill 499 would authorize county auditors to test for octane level as well as sediment and water in fuel.

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The Ohio House has passed a bill that would give Ohio employers up to $25,000 in tax credits for training truck drivers. The proposal is now on its way to the Senate.

Ohio Legislation Would Make Assaulting Referees A Crime

Feb 24, 2020
football referee umpire
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Pending Ohio House legislation would make assaulting referees while they do their jobs a crime. 

Red motorcyle on parked on street at sunset
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A bill to let motorcyclists wear earplugs while driving has been sent to Gov. Mike DeWine for his signature after clearing the legislature.

House Democrats are trying to create a tool that could make it easier for people to report potential wage discrimination. They believe an anonymous hotline would shine a light on unreported disparities.