Roe’s potential overthrow leaves Ohio women with distant options: Capitol Letter

Travel by car: If Roe v. Wade falls and Ohio bans abortion, women would have to travel up to 339 miles to get a legal abortion in another state. Laura Hancock highlights Geographic Information System research that examined the closest abortion facility to each county in Ohio. If Pennsylvania and Michigan retain the right to abortion, the trip would be shorter. But every state has Republican legislatures and Democratic governors, so abortion rights aren’t guaranteed.

A new year, like the previous one? Ohio public schools could enter the 2022-23 school year without a state superintendent after Steve Dackin resigned after 11 days. Hancock explains how math and reading enrollment and scores have plummeted during the pandemic. The Ohio Ethics Commission cannot say whether Dackin is being investigated for not waiting a year between serving on the Ohio State Board of Education and becoming superintendent, but if he was, his quitting his job and his lack of money should help mitigate any punishment he might face.

Fresh face: Senate Democrats announced on Monday that they had selected a retired Cleveland electrician with no previous experience in elective office to fill a vacant state Senate term. As Andrew Tobias writes, Dale Martin, 66, will serve the unexpired term that opened up after longtime state lawmaker Sandra Williams announced last week that she would step down to take up a job not specified. Senate Democrats have not explained why they chose Martin over several other candidates, including State Rep. Terrence Upchurch of Cleveland. The term expires at the end of the year and Martin will not be able to stand for re-election because he did not file a candidacy for the primary elections on August 2.

Winning formula: Ohio relaxed formula rules for the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, which provides free food to low-income women and children, in response to the national shortage of preparations. According to Tobias, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday that the federal government has agreed to add additional formula sizes to a state list of WIC-eligible products. He also said state officials are working to change program rules so that WIC enrollees can use a doctor’s prescription to obtain generic, store-brand equivalents of a specific prescription formula.

Forgive your loans: As President Joe Biden considers whether to write off federal student loans, Jalil Mustaffa Bishop, a native of Twinsburg, told the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee that he should write them off, Sabrina writes. Eatons. The assistant professor of education at Villanova University, who studies how black borrowers experience student loans, told the committee chaired by Sherrod Brown of Ohio that “we need complete debt forgiveness, and we need it yesterday”. Senior Republican on Brown’s committee, Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania, described the loan cancellation as “a massive transfer of taxpayer wealth to a small subset of mostly wealthy individuals” and expressed skepticism about the that Biden has the legal authority to do so.

Cleveland Moonshot: Cleveland is expected to be the new headquarters for a new federal agency called the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) that is being set up to drive biomedical breakthroughs, a group of congressmen from the US said. ‘Ohio in a letter Monday to President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. Eaton reports that cities in several states are making proposals to become the new headquarters of the agency responsible for making biomedical discoveries to prevent, detect and treat diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.

solar flares: Some of the measures the Biden administration announced on Monday to promote more widespread adoption of solar power will benefit China’s state-subsidized solar industry, supporters of building more solar panels across the country said on Monday. Ohio. Eaton reports they are upset with a two-year ban on new tariffs on solar panels imported from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Critics say China moved production to those countries to avoid tariffs. A statement from Arizona-based First Solar, which produces solar panels in Perrysburg, Ohio, said the company was “deeply disappointed with today’s announcement.”

This is the ticket: A bill that would grant small townships the power to enforce traffic laws on state highways awaits DeWine’s signature. As Jim Provance reports for Toledo Blade, House Bill 206 would reduce the minimum population a township — from 50,000 people to 5,000 — must have to have that authority.

Private practice: Former Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley returned to private practice after his defeat in the Democratic primary for governor of Ohio. Scott Wartman of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that Cranley will join the law firm Keating Muething and Klekamp, ​​the firm where he worked before becoming mayor in 2013. Cranley lost the May primary to former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley by a wide margin.

Five things we learned from the May 16, 2022 financial disclosure of Senate Speaker Matt Huffman, a Republican from Lima:

1. In addition to his legislative salary, Huffman has earned over $100,000 from his legal practice, he also has $25,000 to $49,999 from his state pension.

2. His law firm is called Huffman, Kelley and Brock LLC.

3. He is a member of a real estate company called Downtown Lima Properties, LLC.

4. He owns two rental properties. He made an amount of $25,000 to $49,999 in rental income.

5. He received $8,828 in free trips related to his official duties, including more than $4,000 from the Ohio Senate, $3,167 from the National Conference of State Legislature and $688.27 from Excellence in National Education, Inc.

Former President Donald Trump approved GOP candidate JR Majewski’s bid for Congress against Toledo Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur.

Democratic Rep. Shontel Brown has endorsed Nan Whaley for governor of Ohio.

Matt Borges, former chairman of the Republican Party of Ohio

State Representative Jennifer Gross

Hunter Patterson, Legislative Assistant to State Representative Richard Brown

David Pepper, former chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party

“I agree that it is useful. Allen County has been around for a long time. It is unfortunate that the old adage sometimes comes into play that “no good deed goes unpunished”. “

John Fortney, spokesman for Senate President Matt Huffman, to Jason Williams of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Fortney was quoted in a recent Williams column highlighting the $2.4 million the project received in the state’s recent capital budget. Huffman and House Speaker Bob Cupp are both from Lima.

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