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Proposed Bill Would Restrict State from Issuing ‘Vaccine Passports’

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Proposed Bill Would Restrict State from Issuing ‘Vaccine Passports’

By Tyler Buchanan Republican-sponsored legislation will seek to prohibit the Ohio government from instituting a “vaccine passport” program, but the drafted proposal does not appear to restrict private businesses from doing so. Rep. Al Cutrona, R-Canfield, is soon introducing this bill in the Ohio House of Representatives. It has already received support from fellow Republican lawmakers. […]

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Who Will Be on the Ballot for City Council in November? And More Questions Answered

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Who Will Be on the Ballot for City Council in November? And More Questions Answered

With the recent withdrawals of council members Priscilla Tyson and Mitchell Brown from the upcoming Columbus City Council race, many conversations and questions arose regarding what this means for the November general election, the process for replacing candidates, and more. Columbus Underground has provided an FAQ to some of these questions: Q: What is required […]

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Ohio Judge Blocks Enforcement of Fetal Tissue Disposal Law

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Judge Blocks Enforcement of Fetal Tissue Disposal Law

By Susan Tebben A Hamilton County judge has blocked an Ohio law regulating disposal of surgical abortion tissue that was set to take effect Tuesday. Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Alison Hatheway granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday pausing the enactment of the law temporarily. The judge said because the state has not created forms, rules […]

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Planned Parenthood Sues Ohio Over Telemedicine Abortion Ban

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Planned Parenthood Sues Ohio Over Telemedicine Abortion Ban

By Susan Tebben The national and state chapters of Planned Parenthood sued the state of Ohio Thursday over a law set to go into effect in mid-April that prohibits abortion services conducted through telemedicine. The lawsuit regards Senate Bill 260, signed into law in January and banning an available telehealth option for what’s called a medication […]

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Columbus Councilmember Mitchell Brown Announces Year End Retirement

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Councilmember Mitchell Brown Announces Year End Retirement

Just one week after Councilmember Priscilla Tyson announced her upcoming departure from Columbus City Council, Mitchell J. Brown followed suit with an announcement of his own today. Brown has served in the position for nearly six years and will not be seeking re-election for a second full term. “It has been an incredible journey,” stated Brown. […]

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Mayor Ginther Announces Appointments to Civilian Police Review Board

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Mayor Ginther Announces Appointments to Civilian Police Review Board

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has announced his appointments to the city’s first Civilian Police Review Board. In November, residents overwhelmingly approved the creation of a Civilian Police Review Board and Inspector General for the Division of Police. A workgroup in December outlined recommendations for the board’s composition, roles and powers. The city reportedly reviewed more […]

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Upper Arlington’s Asian Community Responds to Lt. Gov. Husted’s use of ‘Wuhan Virus’

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Upper Arlington’s Asian Community Responds to Lt. Gov. Husted’s use of ‘Wuhan Virus’

Individuals and families of Upper Arlington’s Asian Community have signed a letter to Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted in response to tweet last week in which the Lt. Governor, who is an Upper Arlington resident, shared an unfounded claim regarding the origins of COVID-19. The tweet links to an Axios article on a claim made by […]

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