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Legislation Proposed to Crack Down on Cell Phone Use While Driving

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Legislation Proposed to Crack Down on Cell Phone Use While Driving

By Tyler Buchanan Ohio lawmakers are proposing stricter rules against cell phone use while driving, with a goal of cracking down on distracted driving in the state. Legislation from state Reps. Cindy Abrams, R-Harrison, and Brian Lampton, R-Beavercreek, would prohibit using electronic devices while driving in most circumstances. Law enforcement could ticket drivers for even holding […]

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Hispanic COVID-19 Deaths Disproportionately High, According to OSU Study

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Hispanic COVID-19 Deaths Disproportionately High, According to OSU Study

By Susan Tebben A study done by Ohio State University researchers showed the COVID-19 pandemic had a particularly fatal impact on the Hispanic community. Using CDC death counts separated by racial/ethnic group, the study showed that Hispanics constituted 40%, but only represented 19% of the population in 2020. Deaths among the Hispanic population were disproportionately high […]

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Ohio Republicans Push Bill to Ban Transgender Athletes from Women’s Sports

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Republicans Push Bill to Ban Transgender Athletes from Women’s Sports

By Jake Zuckerman Of about 400,000 Ohio high school athletes, five transgender girls opted this school year to follow their gender identity and compete in women’s sports. Ohio High School Athletic Association policy, developed with experts from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, allows transgender girls to compete if they have either undergone a year of hormone therapy, or obtained […]

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The Proposals to Keep Ohio’s Redistricting Process on Track, Explained

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal The Proposals to Keep Ohio’s Redistricting Process on Track, Explained

By Tyler Buchanan Ohio’s redistricting process is in a state of turmoil, with a delay in Census data leading the state to worry about there not being enough time to adequately draw new legislative maps. Republicans and Democrats have both presented plans for how Ohio can deal with these delays. In essence, legislative leaders from both […]

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Ohio Loses Congressional Seat After 2020 Census

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Loses Congressional Seat After 2020 Census

By Tyler Buchanan Ohio’s sway in Congress ain’t what it used to be. The Buckeye State will lose one congressional seat when the map is redrawn ahead of the 2022 elections, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday. Ohio will go from 16 seats to 15. The U.S. House of Representatives has 435 total seats that are […]

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Ohio House Republicans Propose Voting Law Changes

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio House Republicans Propose Voting Law Changes

By Tyler Buchanan Two Republican lawmakers recently unveiled their election reform bill to colleagues, proposing changes to how Ohioans can register to vote and cast absentee ballots in future elections. The bill has not yet been introduced, but Reps. Bill Seitz of Green Twp. and Sharon Ray of Wadsworth outlined their proposals in a cosponsor request […]

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GOP Rejects Updating Ohio Law to Note LGBTQ+ Adoption Rights

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal GOP Rejects Updating Ohio Law to Note LGBTQ+ Adoption Rights

By Tyler Buchanan Although it is legal in Ohio for LGBTQ+ couples to adopt, some GOP legislators want the state law to only acknowledge the adoption rights of heterosexual couples. A dispute over a single line in the 2,057-page state budget bill — passed by the Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday — has some civil […]

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