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News Recap: Week Ending Jan 6, 2024

We realize everyone is busy, here's some news you might have missed this past week.


In Ohio


DeWine Signs Executive Order Banning Gender Transition Surgery on Minors

On Friday (Jan 5) DeWine signed an executive order banning Ohio hospitals and surgery centers from performing gender transition care on minors. This comes after DeWine vetoed House Bill 68 which would have prohibited puberty blockers, hormones, or surgery for minors, as well as banning transgender athletes in high school and collegiate level sports. You can read more on the issue from the Columbus Dispatch


Transgender Candidate Disqualified for Not Using Dead Name

Vanessa Joy, a candidate for the Ohio House has been disqualified because she only circulated petitions with her legal name, instead of her dead name, which is the former names of transgender people. This is a hidden law that is not mentioned in candidate guides and appears to be selectively enforced, as evidence by other elections boards certifying candidates that did not include their dead names. You can read more from WCPO

The "Party of Small Government" Ironically Upset with Athens Bag Ban

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is suing Athens to stop its ban on single-use plastic bags. The state argues the ban is unconstitutional and conflicts with a 2021 law allowing stores to use plastic bags. The city of Athens, however, asserts state overreach and the lawsuit is being seen as a test of home rule authority.


You can read more from Cleveland.com


National News


The Supreme Court to Determine Trump's Primary Ballot Status

The U.S. Supreme Court is reviewing whether former President Donald Trump should be disqualified from Colorado's ballot, a decision that could significantly impact the 2024 presidential race. This follows Colorado's Supreme Court ruling, citing his actions during the U.S. Capitol incident as insurrection. The case has national implications, with similar challenges in other states. A prompt decision is sought to avoid voter confusion before the March 5 primary. Read more from NPR


Trump Pledges to Pardon January 6 Insurrectionists

It's been three years since the insurrection at the US Capital. While individuals are still being identified and arrested for their participation, Trump has been vocal about pardoning those involved. Read more from The Guardian


Marjorie Taylor Green Fined for Illegal PAC Fundraising

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has fined Green for illegal fundraising. Read more from The Hill

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