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Ohio Senate smacks down House plan to thwart Dr. Amy Acton: This Week in the CLE

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Ohio Senate on Wednesday thwarted the House’s attempt to neutralize Ohio Department of Health Dr. Amy Acton.

We’re talking about the unanimous smackdown and House Speaker Larry Householder in Thursday’s episode of This Week in the CLE.

Listen online here.

Editor Chris Quinn hosts our daily half-hour coronavirus news podcast, with help this week from editors Jane Kahoun, Kris Wernowsky and me. We answer many of the questions you’ve sent through our text message platform.

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Here are the questions we’re answering today:

1) How did the Ohio Senate give a smackdown to Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder in his attempts to neutralize Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton? The Senate on Wednesday unanimously rejected a measure from the House. Senate Bill 1 was originally crafted in the Senate to reduce state government regulations.

2) Is my health club opening earlier than Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said it could? Maybe. A Lake County judge says they can. He also said that Acton overstepped her bounds.

3) What do the latest projections show for how coronavirus cases will increase as Ohio fully reopens everything that has been closed? Even if Ohio maintains strict social-distancing measures, there could be a 200 to 350 percent increase in person-to-person contact moving forward. Experts say the trick is to keep the increase in infections manageable.

4) Can people trying to put questions on the November ballot in Ohio collect their signatures online for the first time? Yes, according to a federal judge in Cincinnati. The Ohio Secretary of State’s office characterized the ruling as allowing the campaigns to “ignore the Ohio Constitution.”

5) Now that restaurants are reopening, will they lose the ability to sell me to-go cocktails? Maybe not. Some Ohio lawmakers are working on a bill to make sure you can get beer, wine and margaritas with your take-out meal.

6) Were overdose deaths an unintended consequence of the lifting of many of the coronavirus shutdown orders? The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner thinks so. The office issued a public health alert as nine people died from suspected overdoses between late Saturday and late Monday

7) After all the work Governor Mike DeWine did to reduce the prison population, why are prisons against accepting new prisoners? The state says the decision was needed because courts around Ohio are reopening and again sentencing people to prison, but it’s not without critics.

8) Did people who filed for unemployment in Ohio have their data breached in the state’s embattled computer system? Yes. An email sent Wednesday to filers for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance said two-dozen individuals had access to the personal data, which included names, Social Security numbers, addresses and the award total.

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