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One bribe after another: Former Ohio State House Speaker Larry Householder has asked a federal judge to exclude information about a $4.3 million bribe from his upcoming January 2023 trial. The regulator’s bribe, Householder said, was irrelevant to the bribe he was accused of taking.

411 on Title IX resolution: A committee of the Ohio State Board of Education voted Monday morning to introduce a school board-wide resolution that would condemn President Joe Biden’s proposed LGBTQ protections in Title IX. However, the resolution passed was a different, watered-down version of the one originally introduced. It criticizes the proposed Biden changes but does not encourage local Ohio school districts to flout them and jeopardize their money on free and discounted lunches and special education like the original did. It was unclear whether the full board would vote on the resolution at Tuesday’s meeting or at the December meeting.

place, place, place: Google has agreed a $392 million settlement with Ohio and 39 other states over its years-long practice of continuing to track users’ locations even if they turn off tracking in their account settings. As Jeremy Pelzer reports, Attorney General Dave Yost and other prosecutors found that Google has continued to track users’ location since 2014, unless they also turned off the lesser-known “Web and App Activity” setting. In addition to paying the money, of which $13.4 million will go to Ohio, Google has agreed, among other things, to make account controls more user-friendly and limit the use and storage of data the company collects.

Back to: The Ohio Legislature begins its lame duck session with a slew of House and Senate Committee hearings scheduled today on a host of notable bills. That includes Gov. Mike DeWine’s distracted-driving bill, which will be heard (and possibly put to a vote) before the House Criminal Justice Committee. Among the Senate bills before the committee hearing today is a bill by state Sen. Matt Dolan updating DeWine’s “Strong Ohio” gun reform proposal, which is scheduled to be heard before the Senate Finance Committee. The House Civil Justice Committee is considering a bill that would allow patients diagnosed with COVID-19 to request ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, two drugs with dubious success rates for coronavirus.

Vance’s point of view: In an op-ed Monday, Republican-elect Senator-elect JD Vance argues that external factors — such as the disadvantage in fundraising and the switch of suburban voters to Democrats — are to blame for the Republicans’ underperformance in the midterm elections, in Contrast with political ones like the weak Senate candidate or the split in ex-President Donald Trump. “Our party has a great advantage, contrary to conventional wisdom, to rally [GOP base] Voters: President Donald Trump,” writes Vance in the American Conservative article. “Now more than ever, our party needs President Trump’s leadership to throw these voters out and is suffering from his absence from the stage.”

On the bench: DeWine will appoint a replacement for Justice Sharon Kennedy, a Republican associate judge who will become the court’s next chief justice beginning Jan. 1. DeWine’s rep said he doesn’t want anyone to legislate, and so many attorneys have already expressed interest in the position. DeWine can’t name anyone until there’s an actual vacancy, writes David Skolnick of the Vindicator.

Full Disclosure

Five things we learned from the financial disclosures of Jim Thomas, a Republican who won the Ohio House election last week by defeating Democratic Canton State Representative Thomas West:

1. He lists 14 sources of income from his work as a lawyer, tennis coach and real estate investor.

2. He lists 17 investments worth more than $1,000, mostly in mutual funds and real estate.

3. He owns 13 properties, not counting his personal residence.

4. He owes eight creditors money on car loans, mortgages, student loans, and a credit card.

5. He is a board member of the Canton Rotary and President of the Canton Community Tennis Association.

On road

The Ohio School Boards Association has elected Sally S. Green as its 2023 President-elect. Green is a board member of Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools.


Claire Linkhart, Associate Director of API Ohio

Straight from the source

“At the Hamilton County Courthouse, where I’ve just been released from jury duty. Reason: Orientation for a new job starting tomorrow.”

vance in a Monday tweet This included a selfie of the US Senator-elect holding his jury summons.

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