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County Prosecutors, Ohio AG Oppose Ban on No-Knock Warrants, Propose Enhanced Standards

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal County Prosecutors, Ohio AG Oppose Ban on No-Knock Warrants, Propose Enhanced Standards

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and three county prosecutors acknowledged Thursday that no-knock warrants are very rare in the state, but say the tool shouldn’t be banned, just clarified. Yost and prosecutors from Franklin, Cuyahoga and Hamilton counties held a press conference Thursday announcing a push for changes to the statute regarding no-knock search warrants. […]

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Judges, Economy Justify Supporting Trump, says DeWine

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Judges, Economy Justify Supporting Trump, says DeWine

By Marty Schladen Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has resolutely refused to condemn President Donald Trump’s controversial words and actions — including some that have undermined DeWine’s own efforts to get people to protect themselves and others against coronavirus. On Thursday, the governor seemed to say that Trump’s nominations of conservative judges and his economic policies justify […]

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Ohio General Assembly Prioritizes Ice Cream, Gun & Grocery Bag Legislation

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio General Assembly Prioritizes Ice Cream, Gun & Grocery Bag Legislation

By Jake Zuckerman In what could be the last full legislative day before November elections, boozy ice cream, grocery bags and gun stores drove the Ohio General Assembly’s agenda. House Republicans, who generally do not wear masks and have skipped on COVID-19 social distancing accommodations in the chamber, passed legislation Wednesday to ban local governments from imposing […]

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Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Prohibit Quarantine and Stay-at-Home Orders

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Prohibit Quarantine and Stay-at-Home Orders

By Tyler Buchanan The Ohio Senate has approved a bill that would restrict the state health director from issuing broad quarantine and stay-at-home orders in battling a pandemic. Senate Bill 311 is one in a string of bills introduced by Republican legislators this year seeking to rein in power of the Ohio Department of Health, all […]

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Senate Committee Passes Gun Dealer Protection, Resolution Against Police Defunding

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Senate Committee Passes Gun Dealer Protection, Resolution Against Police Defunding

By Susan Tebben A bill sponsored by Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof to bar public officials from closing down licensed firearm dealers passed through committee on Tuesday, but not without questions on the priorities of the legislature. The bill, which bans elected officials from closing down federally-licensed firearm dealers as part of an emergency such as […]

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DeWine: “No Ohioan Should Have to Pay…Just to Cast a Ballot”

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal DeWine: “No Ohioan Should Have to Pay…Just to Cast a Ballot”

By Marty Schladen Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday said he did not agree with a decision by the legislature, which is controlled by his fellow Republicans, not to pay postage on mail-in ballots. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Ohioans are expected to rely heavily on mail-in voting as they did in the primary. But as officials prepare […]

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Dr. Acton’s Harassment May Hinder Search for New State Health Director

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Dr. Acton’s Harassment May Hinder Search for New State Health Director

By Tyler Buchanan Gov. Mike DeWine acknowledges that whoever takes over as state health director may face a torrent of criticism just as Dr. Amy Acton did earlier this year. That’s not a challenge unique to Ohio, the governor also said, vowing the state would continue searching for a permanent replacement to lead the department of […]

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