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Ohio Tallying Costs for Increased Statehouse Security

Ohio State Highway Patrol ramps up security at the Ohio Statehouse Jan. 20
Karen Kasler
Ohio Statehouse New Bureau
Ohio State Highway Patrol ramps up security at the Ohio Statehouse Jan. 20 in preparation for possible protests related to Joe Biden's presidential inauguration in Washington D.C.

State capitals around the country were on high-alert in the days leading up to Joe Biden's inauguration. That included the Ohio Statehouse, which had been on lock down for nearly a week.

The Ohio National Guard and the Ohio State Highway Patrol had a huge presence at the Statehouse to counter plans for an "armed march" and any potential violence like the pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

The Ohio National Guard says the running estimated cost so far is about $847,417 to cover the active duty action from Jan. 14 to 19.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says most of its costs are personnel driven, and because of the way the payroll system works, the state won't know how many hours of work and overtime was logged until February.

The demonstrations that did occur at the Statehouse were nonviolent.

DeWine said the ramped up security was in response to credible threats.

"After what we saw in Washington D.C., I think it would have been negligent for me not to react that way. I think you're seeing governors around the country doing the same thing," DeWine said during a briefing Tuesday.
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Andy Chow
Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.