Articles from Columbus Dispatch - Ohio

Report: Consultants rigged, steered state IT contracts

Two highly-paid state consultants working under no-bid contracts apparently rigged contracts to steer them to one of their companies, according to state investigators.The consultants “may have colluded” to land two contracts paying nearly $469,000, with Ohio Inspector General Randall J. Meyer suggesting in an investigative report that they should be barred from ever again […]

Senate decides 'stand your ground' can wait until next year

One final effort to get a stand-your-ground bill out of the legislature this year evaporated Thursday morning when a Senate committee declined to bring up the bill for a vote.The controversial provision, opposed by prosecutors and law enforcement, would eliminate the state’s duty to retreat, a law that requires someone to seek to escape a confrontation, if possible, before using deadly force.The stand-your-ground provision, which Gov. John Kasich also opposes, […]

Unions telling House Democrats to back Householder for speaker

Some Ohio unions are contacting House Democrats urging them to support Rep. Larry Householder as the next speaker, while the state’s largest business associations are asking House Republicans to schedule a vote.Householder, R-Glenford, and Speaker Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, have been battling to be elected House speaker for the next two-year session, beginning Jan. 7. Typically, Republicans meet behind closed doors to coalesce around a new leader, so the official vote in January […]

'Heartbeat Bill' clears Senate but faces eventual veto

The Ohio Senate voted 18-13 Wednesday, and once the House concurs with the Senate’s changes, one of the nation’s strictest abortion bans will go to Gov. John Kasich for an expected veto.Four Senate Republicans, including Stephanie Kunze, R-Hilliard, joined all nine Democrats in opposing the bill, which would outlaw abortions after six or seven weeks of pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat can be detected by a doctor.The 18 votes are two short of what is needed for a […]

Heartbeat Bill clears Senate but faces veto

The Ohio Senate voted 18-13, and once the House concurs with the changes, one of the nation’s strictest abortion bans will go to Gov. John Kasich for an expected veto.Four Senate Republicans, including Sen. Stephanie Kunze, R-Hilliard, joined all nine Democrats in opposing the bill, which would outlaw abortions after six or seven weeks of pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat can be detected by a doctor.The 18 votes is two short of what is needed for a veto override, though […]

Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine nominates more for Cabinet, senior staff

Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine continues to roll out his nominees for Cabinet positions and appoint senior staff members to join him in the governor’s office next month.The Republican attorney general on Wednesday afternoon announced the nomination of:• Tom Stickrath as director of the Department of Public Safety, succeeding John Born. Strickrath is superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in the attorney general’s office. He served as public safety director […]

Panel: Tressel tattoo tipster Christopher Cicero should be permanently disbarred

A disciplinary board is recommending three-time suspended Columbus lawyer Christopher Cicero be permanently disbarred for continuing to practice law without a license.Cicero, who tipped off then-Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel to his players’ memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal, should never again be allowed to practice law to protect the public, according to the Board of Professional […]

'Heartbeat' Bill might wait, but GOP brings out another abortion bill

An Ohio Senate committee has again delayed a vote on the anti-abortion “Heartbeat” Bill, as the chairman said Tuesday that he’s waiting for amendments he hasn’t yet seen.Some Republicans question why the bill is being voted on at this time, considering it faces a veto from Gov. John Kasich. The governor could time his action to ensure that lawmakers have to round up members during Christmas week if they want to override his veto, making such a move unlikely.Neither Sen. Dave […]

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