Abortion ban, traffic cameras and noncitizens

May 16, 2022; Lima, Ohio, USA; Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman stands outside Kewpee Hamburgers in downtown Lima. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch

Republicans aren’t going to pass an abortion ban until the U.S. Supreme Court acts. But they might move on a constitutional amendment to ban noncitizens from voting.

We break down what it all means on this week’s episode of Ohio Politics Explained.

It’s a podcast from the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau where we catch you up on the state’s political news in 15 minutes or less. This week, host Anna Staver was joined by reporter Jessie Balmert.

1) Bully pulpit

Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman is well known around the statehouse, but he’s not someone who most Ohioans could “pick out of a lineup.” But they should. 

The Lima Republican gets the final say on whether bills on abortion, marijuana, school choice, vaccine requirements and more ever come up for a vote.

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