Ohio Senate

A Hilliard schools student completes classroom work with an iPad.
Columbus Neighborhoods / WOSU

Ohio lawmakers have been wrestling with how to make changes to the state’s Ed Choice private school voucher plan for more than a year. Too many schools and families have become eligible in recent years as the state has changed its school performance standards. 

Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) proposes bill to ban expulsions and out-of-school suspensions for young students.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

A bipartisan bill to reform school funding has been introduced in the Ohio Senate, with many similarities to a plan introduced in the Ohio House last year.

State Sen. Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) has a 50-vote lead in her state senate race.
Ohio Senate

The U.S. presidential race isn't the only nail-biter this election: Fewer than 50 votes separate Republican state Sen. Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) and her Democratic challenger, Crystal Lett.

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

Election Night 2020 was a bad night for Democrats and brought wins for Republicans on Ohio’s Capitol Square. However, the parties split two Ohio Supreme Court races.

Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

It's Election Day, and Ohio is voting on a vast number of Statehouse races, two Ohio Supreme Court seats and a number of local ballot measures.

Ohio Statehouse
Dan Konik / Statehouse News Bureau

As always, Ohio's fall ballot features the presidential and Congressional races at the top, with contests for state legislature down below. The entire Ohio House and half the Senate, both of which are controlled by Republicans, are up this year.

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.
Alex Brandon / AP

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.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

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.
Jay LaPrete / AP

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.

Ohio House

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.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

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. 

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