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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.