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How a powerful state law blocks Ohio cities from gun regulation

How a powerful state law blocks Ohio cities from gun regulation

The Ohio Supreme Court declined Wednesday to review an appellate court’s decision, letting stand a ruling that the city of Cincinnati cannot ban “bump stocks” on assault weapons.Cincinnati , designed to increase rifles’ rates of fire, in 2018 after a shooter used one during a 2017 massacre in Las Vegas that left 58 dead. The city has no legal right to set its own gun laws, .The final outcome, announced last week, is just the latest instance of Ohio courts ruling that cities cannot enact end-runs around a state legislature regularly seeking to expand gun rights.Cincinnati’s efforts met the...

Apr 6
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After a week of gun violence, Ohio House Republicans seek to expand concealed carry

After a week of gun violence, Ohio House Republicans seek to expand concealed carry

After a spate of seven mass shootings around the U.S. in seven days, Ohio House Republicans introduced legislation that would allow Ohioans aged 21 and older to carry a concealed weapon without a license., introduced Tuesday by Republican Reps. Thomas Brinkman and Kris Jordan and co-sponsored by 20 more, also contains other gun rights expansions including: Under current law, Ohioans must seek licensure from their local sheriff to lawfully carry a concealed weapon. They must complete eight hours of firearms training and complete a criminal background and mental competency checks.Only ,...

Mar 25
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Ohio Senate bill would ban transgender student athletes from women’s sports

Ohio Senate bill would ban transgender student athletes from women’s sports

An Ohio state Senator introduced legislation Tuesday that would prevent transgender girls and women from participating in women’s sports at state K-12 schools and universities., sponsored by Sen. Kristina Roegner, R-Hudson, would require schools to separate student athletics by sex, not gender. The legislation would apply to public schools as well as public and private colleges and universities. If a participant’s sex is “disputed,” as the bill states, the student athlete must present a signed physician’s statement indicating his or her sex based on:The bill also contains a provision to...

Mar 18
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Ohio GOP lawmaker to retiring anti-vaccine leader: ‘You are wonderful, don’t leave!’

Ohio GOP lawmaker to retiring anti-vaccine leader: ‘You are wonderful, don’t leave!’

An Ohio House Republican lamented the retirement of an anti-vaccine activist Wednesday amid the largest vaccination effort in U.S. history.Michelle Cotterman — president of Health Freedom Ohio — recently said she will be stepping down from the helm of the organization. Rep. Diane Grendell, R-Geauga, responded to  sharing the news. “I think you are wonderful, don’t leave!” Grendell wrote.Before the pandemic, HFO largely focused on limiting the ability of schools and employers to require vaccinations, as well as broadening exemptions to those requirements. Since COVID-19 hit, the group has...

Mar 11
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Bill would force ex-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, if convicted, to repay state salary

Bill would force ex-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, if convicted, to repay state salary

House Democrats introduced legislation Monday that would force GOP Rep. Larry Householder, currently under indictment in an alleged $61 million bribery scheme, to repay his salary if he’s convicted at trial.Reps. Jeffrey Crossman, D-Parma, and Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown, said in a news release the legislation isn’t specifically directed at Householder, but state lawmakers generally who are indicted for a felony involving public corruption. However, Householder is the only state lawmaker known to be under indictment and still collecting a salary and benefits.The bill would require...

Mar 16
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Ohio bill removing duty to tell cops about concealed weapons advances

Ohio bill removing duty to tell cops about concealed weapons advances

Republicans on a state House committee passed legislation Tuesday removing a requirement for licensed Ohioans to notify police that they’re carrying a concealed handgun or have one in the vehicle.Under House Bill 89, the CCW (concealed carry) licensees would only need to inform police about a weapon if the officer in question asks. Only at that point would they be required by law to show their CCW license and disclose that they’re carrying or have a weapon in the vehicle. The bill also removes the penalty for violating this requirement. Under current law, failing to “promptly inform” an...

Mar 10
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Ohio House GOP again seeks to weaken prevailing wage law

Ohio House GOP again seeks to weaken prevailing wage law

Twelve House Republicans reignited efforts to rollback Ohio’s prevailing wage law, which requires governments to pay union-scale wages on most construction projects.The lead sponsors, GOP Reps. Craig Riedel and Susan Manchester, presented  to a House committee Wednesday that would allow various government entities to opt out from the requirements of . It also doubles the minimum cost for a project at which the prevailing wage requirement kicks in from $250,000 to $500,000.Ohio Republicans for     repeal or weaken the law — drawing support from business groups and developers and scorn from...

Mar 4
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Judge to consider if Ohio woman’s Capitol riot charges are ‘crimes of violence’

Judge to consider if Ohio woman’s Capitol riot charges are ‘crimes of violence’

A federal judge Tuesday delayed his ruling on whether to allow the pre-trial release of an Ohio woman accused of organizing a paramilitary unit to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta asked an attorney for Jessica Watkins, who commanded a self-described militia, and prosecutors to submit arguments as to whether the destruction of government property qualifies as a “crime of violence,” as prosecutors argued. His answer, he said, would act as precedent for the eight other charged members of the the Oath Keepers paramilitary group, and possibly other defendants...

Feb 24
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YouTube censors Ohio House hearing video for COVID-19 misinformation

YouTube censors Ohio House hearing video for COVID-19 misinformation

The opening testimony Wednesday in support of a legislative effort to allow lawmakers to vote down public health orders went far enough off the rails for YouTube to remove footage of the speaker.Tom Renz, an attorney for Ohio Stands Up, filed a lawsuit in federal court in September . A federal judge last week  and ordered Renz to show cause for why he shouldn’t dismiss the suit for procedural errors. The Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom, an , posted to YouTube footage of Renz’s 35-minute, oftentimes rambling testimony to the House State and Local Government Committee.The video was soon...

Feb 19
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Ohio bill would prevent ‘discrimination’ against unvaccinated people

Ohio bill would prevent ‘discrimination’ against unvaccinated people

Sixteen Ohio House Republicans, six of whom have publicly announced their declination to take a COVID-19 vaccine, proposed legislation Tuesday to build legal protections for people who decline vaccinations.Under the bill, governments, schools and private businesses could still impose a vaccine requirement. However, the bill would force them to exempt anyone who submits in writing a claim of medical contraindication, “natural immunity,” or “reasons of conscience, including religious conviction.” After submitting their refusal in writing, people “shall not be required to do anything” more,...

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