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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose urges but won't require masks for vote

Health and safety guidelines that Ohio’s elections chief sent to county boards Wednesday recommend, but do not mandate, mask-wearing and other preventive measures for those voting in person this fall — a nod to voter freedoms in a closely divided battleground state.In a Statehouse news conference designed to reassure voters about the safety and security of casting their vote, Secretary of State Frank LaRose said nothing — including the coronavirus and skepticism about […]

After 90 minutes of testimony from Medicaid director, panel says trust issues remain

The bipartisan Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee wanted answers.And Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran was summoned to a special meeting Wednesday at the Statehouse to provide them.After 90 minutes of testimony, leading members of the bipartisan panel still weren’t satisfied.Chairman Dave Burke, GOP senator from Marysville who’s also a pharmacist, said a “serious trust issue” remains with Corcoran and the department, which provides health- […]

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose OKs drop boxes at elections board offices

Ohioans will be able to cast absentee ballots in drop boxes at their county boards of elections, but Secretary of State Frank LaRose warned voters against waiting to request their ballots.Ballots requested at the last minute are “highly unlikely” to be counted, LaRose said during a Wednesday news conference.LaRose previously has said he was unsure if he had the authority to mandate drop boxes, as the Ohio General Assembly did for the 2020 primary, conducted mostly by […]

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose OKs one voting drop box per county

Ohioans will be able to cast absentee ballots in drop boxes at their county boards of elections, but Secretary of State Frank LaRose warned voters against waiting to request their ballots.Ballots requested at the last minute are “highly unlikely” to be counted, LaRose said during a Wednesday news conference.LaRose previously has said he was unsure if he had the authority to mandate drop boxes, as the Ohio General Assembly did for the 2020 primary, conducted mostly by […]

Justices reprimand Franklin County judge Monica Hawkins for drunken-driving conviction

A Franklin County judge who had to be restrained to allow attendants to draw blood for testing after her drunken-driving arrest in Pickerington was reprimanded Wednesday by the Ohio Supreme Court.Judge Monica Hawkins committed professional misconduct by failing to comply with the law and failing to act in a manner that promotes public confidence in the judiciary, the justices found in a unanimous ruling.”Operating a vehicle while intoxicated imperils public safety and […]

Ohio back-to-school plans amid COVID vary widely between metro, rural areas

Most schools in or near Ohio’s big cities appear to be returning to school online this fall or will start classes with a hybrid model of partly in-person, partly online. Most rural schools appear to be planning a return to the classroom five days a week, according to information provided by Gov. Mike DeWine’s office.

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