Weapons in the classroom, the ban on transgender sports are gaining approval

Despite the damaged climate system and heat, U.S. lawmakers withdrew for a marathon session on Wednesday to remove things from their to-do list before leaving the city for a long break.

The decisions made this week will affect your children’s schools, what you will vote for in November when you can start betting on sports, and how Ohio will spend billions of dollars.

Here is a summary of the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau team:

Make your bets: sports gambling starts on January 1, 2023

The Ohio Casino Control Commission decided this week that sports betting in Ohio will begin on January 1, 2023. This means that legal betting on football in the state of Ohio and other fall sports will be missed this year.

Ohio will be able to bet on sports from January 1, missing most of the college and professional football seasons.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission announced Wednesday that the Ohio Sports Betting Program will have a universal start date Jan. 1 to allow time for applicants and vendors to apply and check out sports games.

Missing much of the Ohio football season will come at a cost: approximately $ 1 billion in lost bets on teams such as Buccaneer, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns, according to an analysis by PlayOhio.com.

Training teachers to carry weapons in classrooms

Under current Ohio law, school boards can allow teachers and other staff to carry weapons to school, but there has been a debate about how much training is needed.  Gov. Mike DeWain is expected to sign a bill that will set training requirements in about 24 hours.

Gov. Mike DeWain is expected to sign a measure that reduces the training required for school staff to carry firearms on campus.

Under current law, school boards can allow teachers and other staff to carry weapons at school, but there has been a debate about how much training is needed. An Ohio Supreme Court ruling in January 2021 said those who wear them must be trained as peacekeepers, which requires about 728 hours.

House Bill 99 will break this down to about 24 hours of training.

Prohibition of transgender girls from participating in women’s sports

Rachel Jones and her daughters Julia, 8, Felicia, 13, and Sofia, 4, are listening to speakers during a protest against the transgender sports bill in Ohio.  Ohio lawmakers have passed a bill that would ban transgender girls from participating in women's sports in high school and college.

Late Wednesday, the first day of Pride Month, the Ohio House took the back door to ban transgender girls from participating in high school and college women’s sports.

The proposal will require transgender athletes to join men’s teams or teams trained together. If a student’s biological sex is in question, he must receive a signed statement from a doctor confirming it. Schools that knowingly violate these rules may face legal action.

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