Emilia Sykes


The new two-year state budget includes a 3% income tax cut, a new school funding plan and hundreds of millions of dollars for broadband, foster care, foodbanks and grants for businesses hurt by the pandemic. While the Republican-backed budget also included things that Democrats didn’t like, many of them voted for it.

Ohio Public Radio

With Ohio in the third week of COVID hospitalizations setting a new record each day, Governor Mike DeWine on Wednesday evening laid out two new health orders and previewed the possibility of a limited shutdown.

The state Controlling Board has approved distributing 420 million dollars in federal CARES Act monday to individuals and businesses struggling economically from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ohio Public Radio

As Ohio hit another record in both coronavirus cases and hospitalizations Friday, Governor Mike DeWine and a group of Republican state lawmakers announced how the state will distribute more than 420 million dollars in federal CARES Act funding to people, operations and groups affected by the pandemic.

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The leader of Democrats in the Ohio House is blasting a Republican controlled panel of lawmakers for its decision to deny a request by the Republican Secretary of State to pay for postage on mail-in ballots.

Columbus City Council last night approved a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis in the city. 

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Democratic state lawmakers are pushing for legislation that phases-out EdChoice private school vouchers, which are based on public school performance.

Ohio Public Radio

A federal court has denied Ohio’s request to delay new congressional map drawing.

The three-judge federal appeals court  panel that ruled Ohio's Congressional district map unconstitutional has denied a request from the state to delay their order to draw a new map next month. 

Karen Kasler

March 15 was the deadline for Governor Mike DeWine to release his two-year budget.

The election of Republican Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder caused a shakeup among minority House Democrats. 

Tina Maharath for Ohio Senate

Ohio’s first Asian-American state senator says she was subjected to discrimination by Ohio Highway Patrol troopers on Statehouse security duty this week.

Statehouse News Bureau

A controversial bill that bans abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected is on its way to Governor John Kasich.

Democratic State Representative Emilia Sykes wants Republican Governor John Kasich to help mediate her civil rights complaint.

The Ohio Highway Patrol says troopers and security personnel acted properly when stopping a black state lawmaker as she attempted at least three times to enter state buildings. 

In the lead-up to Independence Day, Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum — a black woman — was out canvassing her constituents in Clackamas, as she is up for re-election this fall.

But according to Bynum, her door-to-door stops raised alarm bells for someone, who called the police.

An African-American Ohio lawmaker who says security at the Statehouse has inappropriately stopped her several times has filed a complaint with the state Civil Rights Commission.

An African-American Ohio lawmaker says she's being treated differently than white lawmakers by the Ohio Highway Patrol troopers who handle security at the Statehouse, even when she wears her security badge and  pin marking her as a legislator.