Rumbles from the rotunda
Pregnant break: Obstetricians and gynecologists have testified against Ohio’s “trigger” bill that would ban most abortions after the U.S. Supreme Court likely overturned Roe v. Wade. One of them said that the bill is written in such a way that in vitro fertilization may have to stop. Others said the bill will drive doctors out of the state and that Ohio is far from ready to support women who will have to carry pregnancies to term, writes Laura Hancock.
Hit the target: Ohio’s new law allowing the carrying of concealed firearms without a license or training is the culmination of years of effort by gun rights advocates and Republican state lawmakers. Jeremy Pelzer recounts how Senate Bill 215 passed thanks to more aggressive lobbying from gun rights groups, more right-wing state lawmakers and a governor willing to enact it over the course of of an election year.
Jordan replies: U.S. Representative Jim Jordan of Champaign County responded Wednesday to a subpoena he received from the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by decrying it as a “dangerous escalation” of a political vendetta, reports Sabrina Eaton. His letter asks the committee to answer a long list of questions “so that I can adequately respond to your subpoena,” but does not say whether he will comply with his request to appear for a May 27 deposition.
Upgrade : In the past seven days, 19,546 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Ohio, just 10 more than the previous week. As Julie Washington reports, coronavirus cases spiked in Ohio for several weeks before remaining virtually unchanged this week.
Big crush: Republican JD Vance is the strong favorite to win the Senate race in Ohio against Democrat Tim Ryan, according to odds published by online bookmaker BetOnline.ag. According to the bookmaker, Vance was a -1000 favorite, meaning he had an implied 91% chance of winning the race. Ryan was at +550, or about 15%.
Contribution: Cincinnati’s latest budget plan would provide $7 million to buy two 50-acre sites along Interstate 75 and prepare them for companies hoping to move near Intel’s planned semiconductor complex outside Columbus. . As Sharon Coolidge and Laura Bischoff report in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval said local business development officials are already working together on the project, although the exact locations of the sites are not yet known. .
End of the ban on abortion: Lebanese city officials agreed on Thursday not to enforce the city’s abortion ban and pledged to change it. As Ed Richter of the Journal-News reports, since the ordinance was passed a year ago on Wednesday, no one has been arrested for violating it because the city has no service providers. abortion.
Enjoy your holidays: The Capitol Letter team wishes you a great Memorial Day weekend. We’ll be back to work on Tuesday and back in your inbox on Wednesday.
Buckeye Brain Tease
Question: This former president’s father was born in Vinton County and still has relatives living in the area.
Email your response to [email protected]. The correct first responder will be mentioned in next week’s newsletter.
Thanks to everyone who answered last week’s trivial question:
In 2020, 188,534 students enrolled in community colleges in Ohio. What is the highest number of registrations?
Last week’s response: According to the Ohio Department of Higher Education, these are the largest schools by enrollment in 2020:
– Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville and Youngstown: 40,046 students
– Columbus State Community College with campuses in Franklin and Delaware counties: 27,837 students
– Cuyahoga Community College with campuses around Cuyahoga County: 21,139
Pam Manges de Wooster, Ohio State Senior Ambassador for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, was the first to respond with the correct answer.
Justin Everett Hilton has been named president of Leadership Akron effective June 15, according to a statement. Hilton, currently program director at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, succeeds outgoing president Barry Dunaway.
Friday 05/27: Dauren Mason, programmer for Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp; John Sayers, Chief Information Officer of the Ohio House
Saturday 05/28: Josh Sabo, Deputy Legal Counsel for Ohio House Republicans
Sunday 05/29: State Senator Steve Wilson
Monday 05/30: Anthony Lagunzad, Local Leader of the National Federation of Independent Businesses of Ohio
Straight from the source
“Mike DeWine is full of things when it comes to gun safety and the safety of our kids. Ohio deserves better.
– Nan Whaley, Democratic opponent of Republican Gov. Mike DeWine this year, tweet thursday about his gun control record. DeWine vowed to heed calls to “do something” after a 2019 mass shooting in Dayton, but his gun reform plan died in the Legislature and he signed bills to allow people from carrying concealed firearms without a license and eliminating Ohio’s “retirement duty”. before using force in self-defence.
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