Ohio could get census data for redistricting by mid-August: Capitol Letter

Rely on it: A federal appeals court joined Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost in its lawsuit to force the US Census Bureau to release data in a timely manner to meet the state’s restructuring deadlines. As reported by Jeremy Pelzer, the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling dismissing the case. The appeals court said Ohio stood and sustained damage, and found that the Census Bureau had confirmed it could provide the raw data by August 16, earlier than its previous September 30 estimate.

Bailout: New bipartisan laws in the Ohio House and Senate would revise the state’s bail system, setting bail based on the solvency of the defendants, and encouraging judges to find less restrictive alternatives when warranted. As Pelzer reports, 45 of the 99 members of the Chamber are co-sponsoring the House version of the bill.

French twist: Jenifer French, the new chairman of Ohio’s Public Utilities Commission, tells Pelzer that her “ultimate goal” is to restore public confidence in the state utility regulator following the House Bill 6 scandal. French, who has been in the job for about a month, said she would like to find ways the public can see more of what goes on behind the scenes between commissioners and staff.

Jordan Opposes Hate Crime Law: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a law investigating coronavirus-related spike in violence against Asian citizens on Tuesday after 62 Republicans, including Ohio’s Jim Jordan, disagreed, Sabrina Eaton reports. Jordan said no one in America should “live in fear of falling victim to a crime based on belief, skin color, or the country they were born in”. However, he expressed concern that this was “ambiguous” hotlines that allow people to report anything they find problematic “and set up online reporting for complaints about incidents without defining what to report.

Full house: On June 2, when Governor Mike DeWine cancels coronavirus health orders, Progressive Field will be at full capacity again, the Indians announced on Tuesday. As Paul Hoynes reports, masks will become optional for fans on this date. The stadium is currently 40% busy and fans were banned from playing games in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Live and healthy: The Vax-a-Million website went live on Tuesday, reports Laura Hancock. Some people reported that they couldn’t log in right away, but there are simple instructions on how to update the website.

Five million bumps: On Tuesday, Ohio hit the 5 million mark in the number of citizens who started the vaccine. Hancock reports that officials have announced 100 more coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to 19,628.

More or less: Many cities in Ohio are getting less from the American rescue plan than originally estimated by the Congressional Research Service. But some actually get a little more, reports Robin Goist as part of the Stimulus Watch reporting project. The initial estimates used incorrect data and did not include all of Ohio’s eligible metropolitan areas. Therefore, the final distributions varied from the original figures, ranging from 6.6% less to 5.6% more.

Sticker Shock: Tens of thousands of Ohioans mistakenly overpaid by the state unemployment system may be eligible to pay off their debts, writes Cid Standifer for Eye on Ohio, the non-profit, impartial Ohio Center for Journalism. However, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services does not mention that a repayment waiver could be possible if it informs people that they have been overpaid and leaves some in a panic about how they will repay the money.

Fighting Cancer: Citing a Cleveland child named Clare Ronnebaum, a rare survivor of a fatal pediatric brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), Bainbridge Community MP Dave Joyce spoke to Democrat Debbie Dingell on Monday Michigan presented a resolution calling for more research into possible treatments. Their resolution would also refer to May 17 as “National DIPG Awareness Day” and encourage research funders to consider mortality rates and years of life lost when awarding grants.

Police reform: Former state senator Nina Turner is missing another 30-second spot. This time, her work on the Ohio Task Force on Community and Police Relationships on Police Reform in Ohio is highlighted. Turner was joined by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, a fellow member of Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders, and a press officer before the ad was published, both of which said America needed monumental changes to policing.

New Aid for Parents: As of July 15, around 39 million households across the country, which covers roughly 88 percent of the country’s children, will receive their first monthly payment from the expanded and newly advance child tax credit from the US rescue plan, Eaton reports. With the one-time expansion of the child tax credit for the 2021 tax year, eligible parents will receive $ 300 per month for each child under 6 years of age and $ 250 for each child ages 6-17, including children who will turn 17 in 2021. The Internal Revenue Service begins sending payments on the 15th of each month, unless it falls on a weekend or holiday.

Mental Health Funding: Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction receives $ 96,758,492 in American Rescue Plan funds to help Ohio communities cope with mental health and substance abuse caused by the coronavirus Pandemic, US Senator Sherrod Brown announced on Tuesday. “Not only has the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated mental health needs as Ohioans have been exposed to increased stress and isolation over the past year, but it has also made it harder than ever for Ohioans with mental health and substance use disorders to maintain care to get what they need. Said Brown. According to his office, there were more overdose deaths in Ohio in 2020 than in the past 14 years. More than 5,000 Ohioans lost their battle against addiction.

Youth Jobs: Toledo Democratic MP Marcy Kaptur and more than a dozen of her colleagues have tabled a bill to create government-subsidized employment opportunities for teenagers aged 14 to 24 who are facing employment barriers, such as: B. from families with low income or from families with low income who are affected by the criminal justice system. “I think it’s really important for us to do this because so many of the traditional places where young people could find work just no longer offer these services,” Kaptur told a press conference on Tuesday about “Connecting Youth to.” “Jobs Act. “

Management Decision: The quick thinking of Middletown Mayor Nicole Condrey saved her life and that of a teammate after encountering equipment malfunction during a skydive. As reported by Rick McCrabb of the Dayton Daily News, Condrey – a 2,300 jump veteran – let go of the secondary strap when her teammate was unable to release a strip when they were only about 100 feet off the ground.

More Strauss Lawsuits: In the past few days, two new federal lawsuits have been filed by at least 41 plaintiffs against Ohio State University for sexual misconduct by former team doctor Richard Strauss, Associated Press reports. “They mirror claims previously filed by over 400 men, many of whom claim they were groped during required medical examinations or while seeking treatment for unrelated diseases,” the AP report said .

Here are five groups who advocated House Bill 315 at the last session, requiring arms dealers to provide suicide prevention information. Government lobbying forms do not require people to reveal which side they are on.

1. Association of Life Insurance Companies in Ohio

2. Metropolitan Libraries of Ohio

3. City of Dayton

4. Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association

5. Buckeye Firearms Association

“Do you know what a million dollars you can buy in Ohio? Toledo! It’s a bit of a fixer-upper. “

-Stephen Colbert jokes about the Ohio coronavirus vaccine lottery on The Late Show. Columbus Dispatch’s Chris Pugh has a recap of quotes from Colbert and other late night comedians involved in the Ohio Vax-a-Million lottery.

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