Ohio Senate

This Oct. 5, 2011 file photo shows the cooling tower of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
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A measure to repeal part of Ohio's controversial nuclear power plant bailout, and stop the increase to monthly electric bills, is gaining momentum in the Ohio Senate.

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.
John Minchillo / AP

The Ohio House is looking over a bill passed by the Senate that would limit Gov. Mike DeWine’s power to issue public health orders by allowing lawmakers to take a bigger role.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gives an update at MetroHealth Medical Center on the state's preparedness and education efforts to limit the potential spread of a new virus which caused a disease called COVID-19, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Cleveland.
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Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says he still might veto a bill that would limit his authority when it comes to issuing a state of emergency and health orders. DeWine defends the restrictions created through these orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.
Kiichiro Sato / Associated Press

For the sixth time in a decade, a Democratic state lawmaker has proposed a bill to end the death penalty in Ohio. But this time, the measure has significant Republican support.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wears a mask before his coronavirus press conference on June 23, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

A bill to limit Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s authority to issue health orders and require more legislative involvement moved forward on Wednesday. The bill was approved by the Ohio Senate and now heads to the Ohio House, as state leaders debate the role the government should play in a global pandemic.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during an interview at the Governor's Residence in Columbus, Ohio on Dec. 13, 2019.
John Minchillo / AP

Gov. Mike DeWine says that while Ohio’s COVID numbers are trending in the right direction, the pandemic isn’t over. He warned state lawmakers that he will veto a bill to pull back on his power to issue health orders, as he did last year.

State Sen. Matt Huffman was elected president of the Ohio Senate for the next session.
Ohio Senate

Though most schools are still dealing with the effects of the pandemic, the Republican leader of the Ohio Senate says he’s not in favor of scrapping required state tests in K-12 schools this year, as some lawmakers have suggested.

Ohio Senator Cecil Thomas
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A Democratic state senator says he left a committee hearing on Wednesday because so many members of the public weren't wearing masks.

A closed sign is posted at Pins Mechanical duckpin bowling alley and bar in downtown Columbus.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

State lawmakers are starting their new session with an issue that dominated much of last year, the governor’s power to issue health orders that legislators might not like.

The entrance to Energy Harbor's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

The Ohio Senate is holding hearings on a new bill that addresses an old issue, the nuclear power plant bailout law at the center of a $61 million federal bribery case. While the attempt to repeal the controversial energy bill known as HB6 fell through at the end of last year, lawmakers are still looking at chipping away at the legislation.

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.
Julio Cortez / AP

A Democratic Ohio Senator is urging her colleagues in the Ohio Legislature to pass a resolution that denounces the violence caused at the January 6 insurrection in Washington DC. But that's not all it does.

New Ohio Senate President Tests Positive For COVID-19

Jan 4, 2021
State Sen. Matt Huffman was elected president of the Ohio Senate for the next session.
Ohio Senate

Newly elected Ohio Senate president Matt Huffman will be sworn into office from his home after contracting COVID-19 over the holidays.

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Jan 4, 2021
Ohio State employee Stacey Boyer, left, receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Kelli Barnes Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

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.

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.
John Minchillo / AP

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.

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.
Jay LaPrete / AP

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.