Ohio House

Merle Grace Kearns, a former Clark County commissioner and a 15-year state legislator, passed away over the weekend at the age of 76. The veteran Republican lawmaker had gained respect from both sides of the political aisle during her career.

Kearns spent time as the director of the Ohio Department of Aging and was a member of the Ohio House, representing the 72nd  district and served as Majority Leader in the 126th General Assembly.

Prior to serving in the Ohio House, Kearns was a member of the Ohio Senate from 1991 to 2000, representing the 10th Senate District.

Ohio House Speaker Calls for Beck’s Resignation

Jul 23, 2013

Top leaders of his own party are calling for the resignation of Republican State Representative Peter Beck.  But Beck plans to fight the charges and stay in office.

Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder is calling on his Republican colleague to resign. This push comes after State Representative Peter Beck was indicted on several counts of securities fraud and theft.

In his statement, Batchelder said Beck, of the Cincinnati area, has served the Ohio House honorably but added that it would be in everyone’s best interest if the representative left office.

State lawmakers are working to correct a new Ohio law that would allow coaches and referees in youth sports leagues to be criminally prosecuted if they don't follow requirements regarding players' head injuries.

The new law takes effect in late April. It requires coaches, volunteers and officials in youth sports organizations to have players who show concussion-like symptoms sit out games or practices until they're checked and cleared by a doctor or licensed health care provider. Coaches would also need to know more about concussions.