August 6, 2020 •

Lawmakers Introduce The Ohio Anti-Corruption Act Bill to Amend Campaign Finance Law

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Ohio Lawmakers have introduced identical House and Senate bills to increase transparency in corporate campaign contributions. House Bill 0739 and Senate Bill 0349, named the Ohio Anti-Corruption Act, require 501(c)(4)s and limited liability companies to disclose contributions and expenditures made […]

Ohio Lawmakers have introduced identical House and Senate bills to increase transparency in corporate campaign contributions.

House Bill 0739 and Senate Bill 0349, named the Ohio Anti-Corruption Act, require 501(c)(4)s and limited liability companies to disclose contributions and expenditures made to influence elections.

The bills eliminate the category of continuing association and expand the definition of “political contributing entity” to include partnerships and unincorporated business organizations or associations.

The bills also require political contributing entities to disclose the name of each officer, director, principal shareholder, partner, owner, or member of the corporation or unincorporated business.

In an effort to strengthen restrictions against foreign interests influencing Ohio elections, the bills also expand the definition of “foreign national.”

The definition will now include a corporation that is owned twenty percent or more by persons or entities from outside of the United States and a corporation that is owned five percent or more by any one person or entity from outside of the United States.

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July 30, 2020 •

House Votes to Remove Speaker Larry Householder

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In a morning session without debate, lawmakers voted unanimously to remove Larry Householder from the position as Ohio House speaker, though he retains his seat in the Legislature. Nine members, including Householder, were absent. Householder was arrested July 22 and […]

In a morning session without debate, lawmakers voted unanimously to remove Larry Householder from the position as Ohio House speaker, though he retains his seat in the Legislature.

Nine members, including Householder, were absent.

Householder was arrested July 22 and formally indicted today in connection with a $60 million federal racketeering case related to House Bill 6, Ohio’s new nuclear bailout law.

Additionally, republicans are in the process of selecting a new speaker and representatives interested in succeeding Householder include Rick Carfagna, Robert Cupp, Timothy Ginter, and Speaker Pro Tem Jim Butler.

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July 29, 2020 •

Lawmakers to Remove House Speaker, Governor Plans More Transparency

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Ohio Lawmakers intend to remove Speaker of the House Larry Householder, arrested last week in connection with a $60 million federal bribery investigation. Republican house members gathered yesterday at a downtown hotel to make a decision. House rules require a […]

Ohio Lawmakers intend to remove Speaker of the House Larry Householder, arrested last week in connection with a $60 million federal bribery investigation.

Republican house members gathered yesterday at a downtown hotel to make a decision.

House rules require a session to be convened in order to hold a vote to remove Householder.

Currently, it is up to the speaker to call or schedule a session.

In the event he or she is absent, Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Jim Butler can call the House in for a session.

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine also announced plans to present lawmakers with a proposal to provide more transparency in campaign finance laws for 501(c)(4) committees, which under current law do not have to disclose contributors.

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July 28, 2020 •

Ohio Introduces Bill to Amend Campaign Finance Law

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A bipartisan group including Republican Rep. Gayle Manning and Democrat Rep. Jessica Miranda have introduced House Bill 737. This bill will amend campaign finance law regarding independent expenditures and political action committees. This bill modifies the definition of person to […]

A bipartisan group including Republican Rep. Gayle Manning and Democrat Rep. Jessica Miranda have introduced House Bill 737.

This bill will amend campaign finance law regarding independent expenditures and political action committees.

This bill modifies the definition of person to include corporations and labor organizations.

Additionally, it requires any independent expenditure of $500 or more to be reported on a statement of contributions and expenditures.

The bill also modifies the definition of political action committee to eliminate the exclusion for a political club.

This effort to increase campaign finance transparency follows unethical activities involving Speaker of the House Larry Householder and House Bill 6.

Republican lawmakers are meeting today for an unofficial vote on whether to expel Householder.

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July 21, 2020 •

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder Arrested in $60M Bribery Case

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House Speaker Larry Householder was arrested in connection with a $60 million federal racketeering case related to House Bill 6, Ohio’s new nuclear bailout law. FBI Agents assisted by the Perry County Sheriff’s Department made the arrest Tuesday morning at […]

House Speaker Larry Householder was arrested in connection with a $60 million federal racketeering case related to House Bill 6, Ohio’s new nuclear bailout law.

FBI Agents assisted by the Perry County Sheriff’s Department made the arrest Tuesday morning at Householder’s farm in Glenford.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Chris Hoffman and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio David DeVillers are expected to hold a press conference on the federal racketeering case Tuesday at 2:30 pm.

Householder, a farmer and businessman, has led the GOP-controlled Ohio House since January 2019.

He was previously House Speaker from 2001 to 2004.

However, he left due to term limits and returned to the House in 2017.

 

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July 2, 2020 •

Toledo Mayor Calls for Resignation of City Council Members

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Toledo, Ohio Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz has requested the resignation of four City Council members accused of encouraging and accepting bribes in exchange for votes. Yvonne Harper (District 4), Tyrone Riley (District 1), Gary Johnson (At-large), and Larry Sykes (At-large), are […]

Toledo, Ohio Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz has requested the resignation of four City Council members accused of encouraging and accepting bribes in exchange for votes.

Yvonne Harper (District 4), Tyrone Riley (District 1), Gary Johnson (At-large), and Larry Sykes (At-large), are named in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court at the conclusion of a two-year FBI investigation.

The court documents detail how each of the members allegedly accepted payments in the range of $500 to $5,000 for “yes” votes on zoning requests to internet cafes.

In an official statement, Kapszukiewicz explained these members are entitled to their day in court and should be presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

However, he is concerned about the cloud of doubt that would rest over city government if they continue to hold office.

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April 20, 2020 •

2020 Ohio Primary Election and Census

Wondering how to vote in the 2020 Ohio Primary election? Curious about how the decennial census affects you? The Greater Akron Chamber, our President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz, and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose have you covered!

Wondering how to vote in the 2020 Ohio Primary election?

Curious about how the decennial census affects you?

The Greater Akron Chamber, our President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz, and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose have you covered!

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April 6, 2020 •

Federal Judge Declined to Change Ohio’s Election Plan

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Federal Judge Michael H. Watson declined to change the election plan Ohio lawmakers unanimously approved last month. House Bill 197 requires the state’s primary election to be conducted mostly by mail. Additionally, the bill extends absentee balloting until April 28 […]

Federal Judge Michael H. Watson declined to change the election plan Ohio lawmakers unanimously approved last month.

House Bill 197 requires the state’s primary election to be conducted mostly by mail.

Additionally, the bill extends absentee balloting until April 28 for the presidential and state primary elections.

In-person voting originally scheduled for March 17 was postponed by order of the state’s Health Department in response to COVID-19 concerns.

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April 3, 2020 •

Lawsuit Challenges New Ohio Presidential, State Primary Election Date and Procedures

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A lawsuit has been filed challenging the new Ohio presidential and state primary election date and procedures. The lawsuit challenges House Bill 197, which included a provision to extend absentee balloting until April 28 for the presidential and state primary […]

A lawsuit has been filed challenging the new Ohio presidential and state primary election date and procedures.

The lawsuit challenges House Bill 197, which included a provision to extend absentee balloting until April 28 for the presidential and state primary elections.

In response to COVID-19, the state’s Health Department postponed in-person voting originally scheduled for March 17.

The lawsuit seeks to delay the election date further.

Additionally, registered voters who have not cast a ballot in the election will have an absentee ballot mailed to them.

The lawsuit would also allow voters who do not receive a ballot in time to vote at the board of elections.

Finally, it would set the voter registration date 30 days prior to the primary date, as required by federal law.

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April 2, 2020 •

Ohio Ethics Commission Extends Financial Disclosure Statement Deadline

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The Ohio Ethics Commission has extended the financial disclosure statement deadline to July 15 for public officials required to file. The general filing deadline applying to most filers was previously May 15. Paul M. Nick, Executive Director of the Commission, […]

The Ohio Ethics Commission has extended the financial disclosure statement deadline to July 15 for public officials required to file.

The general filing deadline applying to most filers was previously May 15.

Paul M. Nick, Executive Director of the Commission, stated the extension was to give filers adequate time to compile and file statements following the extended deadline of July 15 for federal and state tax returns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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March 27, 2020 •

Governor Signs Bill Making Ohio Voting for Primary Elections by Mail Only

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Gov. Mike DeWine signed the coronavirus response bill on March 27 eliminating in-person voting for almost everyone who has not previously voted in the presidential and state primary elections. All voting will now be replaced with extended mail-in voting. House […]

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the coronavirus response bill on March 27 eliminating in-person voting for almost everyone who has not previously voted in the presidential and state primary elections.

All voting will now be replaced with extended mail-in voting.

House Bill 197 voids Directive 2020-06, issued by Secretary of State Frank LaRose, moving the Ohio presidential and state primary election to June 2.

The bill requires the Office of Secretary of State to send a postcard to every registered voter, notifying them of the procedures to obtain an application for an absentee ballot and the procedures and deadline to return it.

Registered voters who have not already cast a ballot in the March 17 primary election, or in any special election held on the day of the primary election, may vote using an absentee ballot.

In person voting is only available for certain disabled voters and voters who are unable to receive mail.

All applications must be received by April 28 or postmarked on or before April 27 and received by mail not later than May 8.

For the purpose of the campaign contribution limits, the date of the 2020 primary election is March 17.

However, the statements of contributions and expenditures required to be filed after the primary election must be filed not later than 4:00 p.m. on June 5.

The bill is effective immediately.

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March 26, 2020 •

Ohio Voting for Primary Elections by Mail Only

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Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to sign a coronavirus response bill passed by legislators. The bill includes a provision to extend absentee balloting till April 28 for the presidential and state primary elections. The state’s Health Department postponed in-person voting […]

Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to sign a coronavirus response bill passed by legislators.

The bill includes a provision to extend absentee balloting till April 28 for the presidential and state primary elections.

The state’s Health Department postponed in-person voting originally scheduled for March 17 in response to COVID-19 concerns.

House Bill 197 cancels the rescheduled date of June 2 and instructs Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office to send a postcard to every registered voter in the state to notify them of methods to obtain an application for an absentee voter’s ballot.

The bill does not require an absentee ballot request actually be mailed to every voter.

An extremely limited group of voters will be able to vote in-person on April 28.

This includes disabled voters and those without a home address, but for most people, the option is not available.

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March 17, 2020 •

Ohio Primary Delayed By Health Department Order

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Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed Ohio’s in-person voting by order of the state’s Health Department after a day of uncertainty about the status of the presidential primary election. DeWine indicated earlier in the day at a press conference he did […]

Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed Ohio’s in-person voting by order of the state’s Health Department after a day of uncertainty about the status of the presidential primary election.

DeWine indicated earlier in the day at a press conference he did not have authority to unilaterally delay the primary and a lawsuit would be filed to move the election to June 2 over concern about COVID-19.

On Monday evening, Judge Richard A. Frye of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas rejected the request.

After the court ruling allowing the election to proceed and an evening of conflicting information, DeWine ended speculation with a tweet at 10:11 p.m.

The Health Department ordered all polling places not to open for Tuesday’s primary elections to protect voters and poll workers from the coronavirus outbreak.

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March 16, 2020 •

Gov. Mike DeWine Seeks to Delay Ohio Primary Election

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Less than 24 hours before the scheduled primary election, Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced a lawsuit will be filed in Franklin County today. This will be requesting Tuesday’s in-person primary election […]

Less than 24 hours before the scheduled primary election, Gov. Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced a lawsuit will be filed in Franklin County today.

This will be requesting Tuesday’s in-person primary election be postponed until June 2.

The proposal will extend the deadline for requesting absentee ballots for voters who are unforeseeably confined or hospitalized.

In turn it will offer curbside voting for anyone concerned about entering their polling place as the state’s primary election rolls on during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Husted explained the June 2 date would allow anyone who had planned to vote in person to request an absentee ballot and return it in time to vote in the election.

Whether or not the election will be postponed will be decided by court order.

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