Dislike: Attorney General Dave Yost has joined other state-level AGs in opening an investigation against Facebook for “potential anti-competitive conduct,” cleveland.com’s Jeremy Pelzer reports. The investigation, according to the New York attorney general’s office, will examine whether “Facebook’s actions may have endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices, or increased the price of advertising.”
Y-IP-PIE: Ohio has launched “Ohio IP Promise,” a new initiative aimed at getting state universities on the same page when it comes to monetizing their inventions and other research, cleveland.com’s Andrew Tobias writes. Ohio’s 14 public universities and two private universities have signed up, agreeing to common guidelines for developing and promoting their policies for bringing ideas developed by university students and researchers into the marketplace. The program is the brainchild of Lt. Gov. Jon Husted’s InnovateOhio initiative.
Settled: Generic opioid manufacturer Mallinckrodt has tentatively agreed to a $30 million settlement with Cuyahoga and Summit counties in lawsuits that accused pharmaceutical companies of fueling the opioid epidemic. Cleveland.com’s Eric Heisig has details.
You’ve got a friend: Heisig also reports that Yost is getting some help from AGs in other states in his attempt to block a federal opioid trial set to begin last month. Attorneys general from 13 states and the District of Columbia from both political parties signed on to a “friend-of-the-court” brief supporting Yost’s request to halt a trial for claims made against drug companies by Cuyahoga and Summit counties.
Ouch: Several chiropractors are suing the state in federal court over a provision in the latest Ohio budget that restricts them from soliciting clients in the immediate aftermath of a car crash or crime. As Heisig reports, the provision bars them from directly reaching out to those people in person, by phone or electronically until 30 days after the incident. The lawsuit says as a result, injured people “will be unlikely to receive prompt and appropriate medical care and attention.”
Voted out: Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has directed county boards of election to move forward with a purge of inactive voters. He also announced that 12,496 voters had updated their registration since LaRose’s office sent out roughly 235,000 “last chance” notices earlier this year. LaRose carved out several exemptions for some voters — it’s unclear how many — who activists have said shouldn’t be on the list. The list of registrations that will be removed from the roll is due on Friday, Sept. 13.
By the numbers: Ohio’s August tax revenues came in $62.5 million, or 3%, over the state Office of Budget and Management’s estimates, state budget officials announced Friday.
DeWine in Japan: Gov. Mike DeWine left Sunday on a six-day business-development trip to Japan, making him the third out of the last four Ohio governors to visit the country. DeWine’s itinerary includes attending the 51st Midwest U.S.-Japan Association annual conference in Tokyo, as well as visiting Saitama Prefecture, Ohio’s sister state in Japan, located just north of Tokyo.
What’s cooking: Mehek Cooke, an attorney and Republican political operative, has scheduled a Sept. 18 “campaign announcement” at the Brazenhead pub in Dublin, according to her EventBrite page. Her state designation of treasurer paperwork says she is running for Ohio’s 21st House District, current held by Democratic state Rep. Beth Liston, of Dublin.
Missing money matters: Ohio Democrats are attacking Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot over money misappropriated from his campaign fund,according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. The two Democrats seeking his job, Nikki Foster and Kate Schroder, called on Chabot to resign and for a congressional investigation, respectively. But Republicans are returning fire: Hamilton County GOP Chairman Alex Triantafilou called the Democrats “disgraceful” for attacking “the victim of a crime for the sake of politics.”
Declining? U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan made waves over the weekend by telling Bloomberg News that former Vice President Joe Biden is “declining” and doesn’t have the energy to defeat President Donald Trump. Ryan is barely registered in Democratic presidential primary polls.
Congressional help: U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty has introduced a bill that would grant deportation relief to a woman who was given sanctuary in a Columbus church, reports Danae King for the Columbus Dispatch. The “private bill” would apply only to Edith Espinal, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico.
Cyber protection: LaRose is asking the state Controlling Board to release more than $1.7 million in federal money for an election cybersecurity initiative, reports Jim Provance of the Toledo Blade. The money would be used to protect county boards of election from cybersecurity threats leading up to next year’s presidential election, Provance reports.
Five things we learned from the May ethics disclosure of state Rep. Lisa Sobecki, a Toledo Democrat:
1. Last year, Sobecki earned $25,000 to $49,999 each from the Lucas County Department of Job and Family Services (working as a case worker) and from doing special projects for the Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council.
2. She had retirement funds with the Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio and Maryland-based Road Sprinkler Fitters Local 669, as well as a mutual fund with American Funds.
3. At some point in 2018, she owed at least $1,000 each to Key Bank, Directions Credit Union, Huntington Bank, 5/3rd Bank, and Parish Federal Credit Union.
4. At some point in 2018, she received an unnamed gift worth more than $75 from Ohio State University.
5. She got $366 in travel reimbursements from the Ohio Legislative Service Commission last year.
Bryanna Austin, Ohio House Commerce and Labor Committee clerk/legislative aide to state Rep. Gayle Manning; Grant Davis, legislative aide to Ohio House Republican Whip Jay Edwards; James Kennedy, Ohio House Health Committee clerk/legislative aide to state Rep. Derek Merrin; Aftab Pureval, Hamilton County clerk of courts and 2018 Democratic congressional nominee
Straight From The Source
“You’ve done all these good things in this plan, and yet, when the dust clears on it, it hasn’t closed that equity gap by very much at all.”
-Researcher Howard Fleeter, who analyzed the latest version of a school funding overhaul bill proposed by Reps. Bob Cupp and John Patterson.Fleeter spoke to bureau chief Karen Kasler on the public television program “The State of Ohio.”
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