Republican Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine has recused himself from a case over how the state calculated funding for the now-defunct online charter school operator The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, five months after it was argued.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has rejected legal arguments by the state's four electric utilities seeking to avoid returning proceeds from the federal tax cut to customers through rate reductions.
Attorneys for the now-closed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow and the Ohio Department of Education traded jabs before the Ohio Supreme Court yesterday over how the state should fund schools and if that funding should be tied to just enrollment or student participation.
A complaint filed Tuesday by a special disciplinary counsel accuses Ohio Supreme Court Justice Patrick DeWine of improperly hearing cases involving the office of his father, Republican Ohio Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine.
An ethics complaint says Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O'Donnell should recuse himself from hearing a case affecting funding for the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, for which he was commencement speaker in 2013.
A state budget provision just taking effect would change an 80-year-old policy, requiring those who want to dispute tax decisions go to one of 12 regional appeals courts instead of the Ohio Supreme Court.
The Ohio Supreme Court has again upheld cities' use of traffic camera enforcement systems, striking down as unconstitutional legislative restrictions including requiring a police officer to be present.