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Bipartisan Nurse Overtime Bill Returns as Pandemic Asks More of Nurses

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Bipartisan Nurse Overtime Bill Returns as Pandemic Asks More of Nurses

By Susan Tebben As medical professionals continue to work through the pandemic, now including mass vaccination efforts, a bipartisan bill that would bar mandatory overtime for nurses has returned to the Ohio legislature. The bill originated pre-pandemic, with its initial version (House Bill 144) passing the House with an 80-13 vote. The bill did not make it through […]

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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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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 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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What to Know About the State Budget Passed by the Ohio House

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal What to Know About the State Budget Passed by the Ohio House

By Tyler Buchanan Ohio took a step closer toward a constitutional school funding model with the passage Wednesday of a two-year operating budget in the Ohio House of Representatives, a sweeping bill that also proposes an across-the-board income tax cut, a broadband internet expansion plan and more spending to aid businesses struggling from the pandemic. The […]

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New Bill Proposes Sexual Abuse Prevention for Schools

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal New Bill Proposes Sexual Abuse Prevention for Schools

By Susan Tebben A bipartisan bill seeks to mandate child sexual abuse and sexual violence prevention education in Ohio schools. The bill was introduced this week, and requires “age-appropriate instruction” in child sexual abuse prevention for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The education would include resources and available counseling for children who are sexually abused. For […]

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