On Thursday, July 30 the Ohio House of Representatives held a vote to elect Representative Robert Cupp as Speaker of the House. The vote was 55-38 with all Democrats and two Republicans voting no. Following the vote, Representative Cupp was sworn into office by state Supreme Court Justice Judith French. Cupp replaced Representative Householder who…

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This week, Governor DeWine held press briefings on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Thursday’s briefing was an impromptu one from his home after the Governor tested positive for the novel coronavirus Thursday morning using an antigen test moments before he was to meet with President Trump. Hours later, he tested negative using a more sensitive test…

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This week, Governor DeWine held press briefings on Tuesday and Thursday.  During the briefings, the Governor provided announcements that county and independent fairs would be restricted to junior fairs only and that childcare providers could soon go back to their normal ratios.  He also encouraged the Ohio Liquor Control Commission to to consider enacting a…

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After hinting at it for weeks, on Wednesday, Governor DeWine announced a statewide mask requirement for all of Ohio’s counties.  Masks will be required for people in indoor public places, in outdoor places where social distancing can’t occur, and when using public transportation. Exemptions are made for people under the age of 10, medical conditions, exercising,…

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On July 8, Ohio Department of Health Interim Director Lance D. Himes ordered the implementation of the Public Health Advisory System (PHAS) to supplement statewide orders, inform Ohioans about their risk of contracting the virus, and to combat COVID -19. The PHAS is a color-coded system that is used to assess the degree of COVID-19…

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After schools were closed on March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was unclear how school districts would reopen for Ohio’s 1.7 million students in the fall. In a press conference on July 2, Governor DeWine announced a new set of guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Department of Education (ODE)…

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Governor DeWine held COVID-19 press briefings on Tuesday and Thursday this week.  This week, coronavirus cases began to trend upward above the daily averages.  We expect Governor DeWine to lay out his plan to reopen Ohio’s K-12 schools next week. Below is a list of actions taken in Ohio as of June 26, 2020, with…

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Police reform is gaining sustained, national attention amid continuing protests across the country. In Ohio, a police reform bill, House Bill 703, has been drafted in the House and Ohio House Democrats have put forward a variety of bill ideas to address police and civil justice reform. Governor DeWine and Attorney General Yost unveiled several…

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Governor DeWine held COVID-19 press briefings on Tuesday and Thursday this week.  This week, much focus has been directed to R0 (R Naught) numbers or basic reproduction numbers of the virus.  While many areas of Ohio are seeing a plateau in coronavirus cases, some have started to see a slight uptick and pop up testing…

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