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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. 

Republican Sen. Steve Huffman speaks during a rally at Darke County GOP headquarters in Greenville, Ohio in this October 13, 2014 file photo.
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The Republican leader of the Ohio Senate, Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), has issued a rebuke to racist comments made by state Sen. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) during a committee hearing last week.

Republican Sen. Steve Huffman speaks during a rally at Darke County GOP headquarters in Greenville, Ohio in this October 13, 2014 file photo.
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A Republican state senator from the Dayton area has lost his job as an emergency room doctor after asking a racially insensitive question at a hearing on a resolution to declare racism a public health crisis.

Columbus Police observe demonstrations over police violence on June 2, 2020.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, host Mike Thompson discusses the wide range of demands coming from protesters on how to change policing. Morgan Harper, former candidate for Ohio's 3rd Congressional District, joins the show.

A proposal from the Ohio House that would require people with COVID-19 give consent to contact tracing in writing has been rejected by the Senate. That sends the bill to a conference committee.

In this Jan. 14, 2019 photo, Caitlin Powers sits in the living room of her Brooklyn apartment in New York, and has a telemedicine video conference with physician, Dr. Deborah Mulligan.
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The Ohio Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that bans doctors from using telemedicine to prescribe abortion-inducing drugs. 

Ohio Senator Steve Huffman at desk.
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Lobbyists were involved in drafting or revising opinion columns about health care written by state lawmakers in Ohio and Montana, officials said.

Vape cartridges are on display durIng the CBD Express store grand opening in Salem, Ore.
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The backer of a new law legalizing hemp and CBD oil in Ohio says law enforcement officials will soon have access to new testing technology that will be able to easily distinguish the amount of THC in a product.

That testing is needed in order for cities to comply with the new law. But at least one city isn't waiting and is making a change to its enforcement policies right now.

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A law that passed unanimously a couple of years ago that would allow patients to find out the costs of medical procedures hasn’t been implemented yet. And it might never be if a new bill on health care price transparency is approved.