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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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Ohio Democrats Target State’s Wage Gap with ‘Equal Pay Act’

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Democrats Target State’s Wage Gap with ‘Equal Pay Act’

By Tyler Buchanan Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation seeking to close the wage gap in Ohio and ensure that women earn as much as men in the workforce. State Reps. Stephanie Howse of Cleveland and Jessica Miranda of Forest Park recently sponsored the “Ohio Equal Pay Act,” which sets new requirements for public employers as well […]

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DeWine on Override of Pandemic Authority Bill: ‘This is Not the Only Crisis We Will Face’

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal DeWine on Override of Pandemic Authority Bill: ‘This is Not the Only Crisis We Will Face’

By Tyler Buchanan When lawmakers started debating a bill to give themselves power to strike down public health orders, Gov. Mike DeWine expressed hope they would ultimately reject the proposal. When lawmakers passed the bill, DeWine said he would veto it and expressed hope they would choose against overriding him. Less than 24 hours after issuing […]

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Lawmakers Propose Restoration of Transportation Funding to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Lawmakers Propose Restoration of Transportation Funding to Pre-Pandemic Levels

By Tyler Buchanan Some want to see lowering of electric vehicle fees It’s been something of a wild ride for public transportation funding during the budget negotiation process thus far in 2021, but advocates are pleased with the direction things are headed. Gov. Mike DeWine called for a significant decrease in spending on public transportation in […]

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Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing Them To Strike Down Health Orders, Setting up Clash With DeWine

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing Them To Strike Down Health Orders, Setting up Clash With DeWine

By Tyler Buchanan The Ohio General Assembly approved a bill Wednesday to allow lawmakers to strike down health orders they disagree with, sending the legislation to a governor who has already vowed to veto it.  Republican leaders in the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate committed to holding votes to override Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto […]

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Bill to Remove Business Penalties for Violating COVID-19 Health Orders Introduced

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Bill to Remove Business Penalties for Violating COVID-19 Health Orders Introduced

By Tyler Buchanan A Republican lawmaker wants to spare Ohio businesses from facing consequences for violating public health orders enacted to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Rep. Derek Merrin, R-Monclova, introduced House Bill 127 to halt enforcement of coronavirus health orders going forward. It would also require the state to reimburse businesses fined for having violated health orders […]

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Census Data Delays Could Significantly Impact Ohio Redistricting Efforts

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Census Data Delays Could Significantly Impact Ohio Redistricting Efforts

By Tyler Buchanan Delays in processing the 2020 U.S. Census data will likely impact Ohio’s ability to redraw legislative districts later this year. The U.S. Census Bureau announced last Friday it has pushed back the deadline to release population data to Sept. 30, months later than was originally expected, due to the pandemic. The delay could […]

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