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Anti-Prevailing Wage Legislation Introduced by House Republicans

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Anti-Prevailing Wage Legislation Introduced by House Republicans

By Tyler Buchanan Amid a flurry of other legislative activity, two Republican state representatives introduced a bill last week to repeal prevailing wage in Ohio. State reps. Ron Hood of Ashville and Bill Dean of Xenia introduced House Bill 663 on Tuesday, May 19, four months after first pitching the bill to colleagues in January.  Eight Republicans join […]

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Workers Largely Left Out of Ohio’s Reopening Plan Process

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Workers Largely Left Out of Ohio’s Reopening Plan Process

By Tyler Buchanan A government worker who fears for their health. An employee who is afraid to return to working in a crowded Amazon warehouse.  A store clerk who is very complimentary of his boss’s safety precautions, but nevertheless worries about the virus infecting his small shop.  These are among the voices left unheard by state […]

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Poll Shows Coronavirus is a Partisan Topic for Ohioans

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Poll Shows Coronavirus is a Partisan Topic for Ohioans

By Tyler Buchanan There is widespread support for the job Gov. Mike DeWine has done in handling COVID-19. And that’s pretty much where the agreement ends. Ohio citizens are otherwise divided on a number of subjects related to the coronavirus, and the breakdown falls primarily between party lines. Democrats and Republicans have vastly different views about […]

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Senate Republican Pushes Bill to Protect Businesses from Coronavirus Lawsuits

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Senate Republican Pushes Bill to Protect Businesses from Coronavirus Lawsuits

By Jake Zuckerman A ranking Senate Republican is pushing legislation he says will block almost all lawsuits against businesses or health care providers as they relate to COVID-19. Senate Majority Leader Matt Huffman, R-Lima, pitched Senate Bill 308 to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. He said the bill would offer a shield for businesses against […]

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As Juvenile Facilities Report More Cases, Advocates Express Unique Concerns for Youth

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman As Juvenile Facilities Report More Cases, Advocates Express Unique Concerns for Youth

Last week, it was reported by multiple local media outlets that at least 14 youth and 27 staff members — half of the current staff — at the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center have tested positive for COVID-19. The facility last reported on Wednesday, May 6, 25 youth and 30 staff members have tested positive. The […]

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Voting Advocates Push for a Less Confusing Fall Election

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Voting Advocates Push for a Less Confusing Fall Election

By Tyler Buchanan Ohio’s lengthy, unpredictable primary election finally concluded last week.  Now the fight is on to determine how the November general election will proceed. That will be an election with a presidential race and other hot ticket items on the ballot, leading to a much larger turnout compared to the election held primarily through […]

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Bill Blocking Dr. Amy Acton’s Orders Passes House, Heads to Senate

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Bill Blocking Dr. Amy Acton’s Orders Passes House, Heads to Senate

On Wednesday, May 6, the Ohio House of Representatives passed amendments that would limit the orders issued by Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton and any order going forward. The House approved an amendment to Senate Bill 1, which would require all orders issued by the Department of Health on or after April 29, […]

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