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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.

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
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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.

Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) speaks to reporters on September 1, 2020.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

At the Statehouse on Tuesday, both the Ohio House and Senate addressed the potential repeal of the controversial nuclear power plant bailout. As Democrats call for a quick repeal, Republicans moved ahead with a different approach.

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State Rep. Candice Keller (R-Middletown) lost a bitter primary battle for a Senate seat representing her Southwest Ohio district. And under Ohio law, she can’t run for the post this November.

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.

A stop sign on a school bus.
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Ohio’s public schools are paid by the state to transport students who attend private, charter or community schools. But during the pandemic, some public school districts are not even transporting their own students. 

Ohio state Sen. Tina Maharath testfies for a bill in the Ohio Senate.
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State Sen. Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) says she and her family have tested positive for COVID-19.

An educator prepare to enter the shoot house, which is meant to simulate a hallway, doors and corners of a school.
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A bill that would give Ohio’s local school boards the power to allow employees to carry guns in school buildings gets its first Senate hearing in almost two months on Tuesday. However, gun control groups say the bill also eliminates required weapons training for those workers.

A sign in the window of Trattoria Roma in Grandview on May 14, 2020.
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A collection of health and human services advocates are urging Ohio leaders to immediately work on revamping the unemployment compensation system in order to avoid another backlog of claims.

Marijuana plants
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The Ohio Senate has passed what supporters call a critical bill to address criminal justice reform and overcrowded prisons. The legislation lowers the penalty for many drug possession charges from felonies to misdemeanors.

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Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a law that allows students in public schools to express their religious beliefs.

Protesters in front of the Ohio Statehouse in honor of George Floyd, on June 2, 2020.
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An Ohio Senate committee on Wednesday continued to hear testimony on a resolution to declare racism a public health crisis, hearing from nearly a dozen witnesses. State Rep. Dave Burke (R-Marysville), chair of the Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee, plans to hold a third hearing before a vote that would take the resolution to the full Senate.