Ohio Statehouse

For the past 18 years, the Ohio Statehouse has memorialized 9/11 with a flag display on the West lawn. But the 2,977 American flags, one for each life lost in the terrorist actions of that day, won’t go up this year. 

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.

Christopher Columbus statue at the Ohio Statehouse
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State officials say a statue of Christopher Columbus will not be removed from in front of the Ohio Statehouse until at least 2025.

Hand prints in red paint were left on the west columns and stairs at the Ohio Statehouse as part of a protest on June 18.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Recent vandalism to the Ohio Statehouse and other high-profile government buildings has prompted an outcry from some of the state’s top leaders. Now, Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow the Ohio Attorney General to go after those who damage public buildings.

Ohio State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland)
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The leader of Ohio Legislative Black Caucus is the first Ohio lawmaker known to be diagnosed with COVID-19. State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) says she’s experiencing mild symptoms since being diagnosed a couple of days ago.

Dave Yost speaks at the Ohio Republican Party event, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Yost was elected as the next Ohio attorney general.
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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is pushing back on a new Columbus ordinance that requires face coverings in public, saying the requirement can't extend to state lawmakers. 

Hand prints in red paint were left on the west columns and stairs at the Ohio Statehouse as part of a protest on June 18.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Some Ohio leaders are expressing anger over damage at the Ohio Statehouse after protests in downtown Columbus – with one even suggesting the state consider a kind of secession from the capital city.

Patricia Lyons is head of the local Association of Black Social Workers.
Nick Evans / WOSU

At Bicentennial Park on Friday night, a group of Black men and women who work in the criminal justice system capped off a day of Juneteenth commemorations, while a more raucous affair took place at the Ohio Statehouse steps.

Jessica Smiley
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Sporadic downpours didn’t entirely dampen demonstrations in downtown Columbus, which entered a second week on Thursday.

Protestors gathered at the Ohio Statehouse for the seventh consecutive day on Wednesday, June 3.
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Protests remained peaceful for the second consecutive day in downtown Columbus on Wednesday, a week after demonstrations sprung up over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.

Chad Goodwin at the door to his restaurant 4th & State on May 29, 2020.
Nick Evans / WOSU

At 4th & State downtown, a team of workers are punching broken panes of glass out of their window frames. 

Gov. Mike DeWine at his daily coronavirus press conference on April 7, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday expressed “sorrow and disgust” at the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, saying the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck while he cried out for breath violated “every principle of human decency.”

UPDATE: Gov. Mike DeWine will hold a press conference to speak about "the events yesterday and this morning at the Ohio Statehouse and downtown Columbus" at 2pm Friday. It'll air live on the Ohio Channel.

A protest that started at an intersection near the Ohio Statehouse spilled over onto the grounds last night, resulting in damage to the 159-year old building - which has been the site of many demonstrations and public events over the years.

Police watch protestors in the streets at the intersection of Broad and High streets in downtown Columbus on Thursday.
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A protest against police brutality in downtown Columbus turned violent on Thursday night. Protestors broke windows at the Ohio Statehouse and nearby businesses after a clash with Columbus Police officers. 

Around 400 people gathered at Broad and High streets to demonstrate over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. 

State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron)
Ohio House

A Democratic lawmaker has filed a complaint with the Franklin County Health Department, after the Ohio House Speaker announced plans to allow all 98 representatives in the chamber at the same time during a session.