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House Bill Suggests State Rainy Day Funds for ‘Eviction Crisis Response’

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal House Bill Suggests State Rainy Day Funds for ‘Eviction Crisis Response’

By Susan Tebben The coronavirus pandemic’s effect on the local economy continues, and two state representatives are trying to tap into the state’s rainy day fund for an “eviction crisis response.” In a bill introduced on Monday, $270 million would be used for immediate, one-time rent relief, according to the sponsors, state Rep. David Leland, D-Columbus; […]

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State Campaign Finance Reform Bill Could Make Nonprofit Political Spending Public

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal State Campaign Finance Reform Bill Could Make Nonprofit Political Spending Public

By Tyler Buchanan If you can follow the money, state Rep. Gayle Manning reasons, you can follow what’s going on. That’s the main drive behind a new bill proposed by Manning, R-North Ridgeville, and Rep. Jessica Miranda, D-Forest Park, which seeks to reform Ohio’s campaign finance landscape through shining light on anonymous political spending. Their House Bill […]

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Efforts to Stop Signature Collection Firms, Bribe Collectors in Criminal Complaint Against Householder

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Efforts to Stop Signature Collection Firms, Bribe Collectors in Criminal Complaint Against Householder

By Susan Tebben The criminal complaint against Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four political operatives lays out alleged bribes made to signature collectors for a voter referendum on a nuclear bailout, along with a comprehensive campaign to hire signature collection companies, just so those companies couldn’t work against the bailout effort, House Bill 6. Householder […]

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‘School Marshal Program’ Could Be Included in Amended Bill to Arm Teachers

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal ‘School Marshal Program’ Could Be Included in Amended Bill to Arm Teachers

By Susan Tebben An Ohio Senate bill meant to reduce the amount of training needed for school personnel to be armed could be amended to create a “school marshal program” in those schools. The state Senate committee on Government Oversight and Reform met Tuesday to discuss Senate Bill 317, a bill that was written to exempt school […]

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‘Representative 7’ Gave FBI Texts, Testimony Against Ohio House Speaker in Bribery Case

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal ‘Representative 7’ Gave FBI Texts, Testimony Against Ohio House Speaker in Bribery Case

By Jake Zuckerman The state representative wanted to explain his opposition to bailing out two failing nuclear power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions. A high-powered lobbyist, who federal prosecutors allege was involved in a $61 million racketeering scheme operated by the Speaker of the House and others in his “enterprise” to pass the bailout, wasn’t having it. “No […]

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Columbus Officials Announce Post-Review of City’s Protest Response

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Columbus Officials Announce Post-Review of City’s Protest Response

An investigative research team consisting of a former US Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs will conduct an “outside, after-action” independent research review of the city’s response to recent Black Lives Matter protests, officials announced Wednesday, July 22. “As leaders, we must hold […]

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Ohio House Speaker, Others Charged with Racketeering Amid Dark-Money Allegations

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio House Speaker, Others Charged with Racketeering Amid Dark-Money Allegations

By Marty Schladen Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, four political operatives and a dark-money group were charged Tuesday in a criminal complaint that an Ohio energy company paid them $61 million to get a $1.5 billion nuclear bailout from taxpayers. Charged along with Householder were Matt Borges, a lobbyist who was formerly chairman of the Ohio […]

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