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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


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A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - OH: Civic Engagement

Ohio's mask mandate does not apply at the Statehouse, which is considered its own branch of government. (Dr. Bob Hall/Flickr)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio lawmakers will hear more today about a bill that would allow virtual testimony at the Statehouse. House Bill 55, if approved, would permit people who want to weigh in on pending legislation to do so virtually. Desiree Tims, president and CEO of Innovation Ohio, which is amon

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has been a vocal opponent of the 2020 presidential election results. (GageSkidmore/Flickr)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Congress meets today to count states' electoral votes, and possibly never before has this ceremonial process received so much attention. A dozen Republican senators and 140 House members, including a few from Ohio, plan to challenge President Donald Trump's loss in key battleground

The Ohio House of Representatives is currently made up of 21 Republicans and 12 Democrats. <br />(Dr. Bob Hall/Flickr)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's 134th General Assembly opens today, and a key task for 2021 is congressional redistricting. Voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2018 that creates a multi-step, transparent process for drawing congressional districts. New maps are made every 10 years. Catherine Tu

A survey of Americans reveals most are committed to a peaceful election. (AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- While Americans have many concerns this Election Day, researchers say most believe our elections are safe, secure and legitimate. Democracy for President is an initiative that encourages voters to have productive conversations around concerns about the election and possible outco

Early voting and absentee voting in Ohio are outpacing levels from 2016. (M. Kuhlman)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The 2020 election is in the final stretch, and there are a lot of important details Ohio voters should know. Ohioans can cast a ballot by absentee, during early-voting hours or at the polls Tuesday on Election Day. Veronica McCreary-Hall, a volunteer with AARP Ohio, voted early i

Ohio voters with a disability represent an estimated 17.5% of the electorate. (AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The pandemic has pushed the issue of voter access to the forefront, but for Ohio's disability community, it's more than just another talking point. Voter turnout for people with disabilities was 6 percentage points lower than that of people without disabilities in the 2016 presid

A leaked document shows concerns from within the Census Bureau that a shortened timeline for counting could result in serious errors. (AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A coalition of advocacy groups wants Ohio's senators to get behind efforts to extend the 2020 census deadline by four months. October 31 was set as the counting deadline, but the Census Bureau recently announced the date was moved ahead to September 30. The Trump Administration s

The Ohio Secretary of State wants to use revenue from the office's Business Services Division to cover the cost of prepaid postage on absentee ballots. (AdobeStock)<br /><br />

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio voters might have one less step to take in order to cast an absentee ballot for the November election. The Ohio Controlling Board is expected to vote today on Secretary of State Frank LaRose's request to use $3 million in funding from his office to pay for return ballot post

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