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The Statehouse News Bureau was founded in 1980 to provide educational, comprehensive coverage of legislation, elections, issues and other activities surrounding the Statehouse to Ohio's public radio and television stations. To this day, the Bureau remains the only broadcast outlet dedicated to in-depth coverage of state government news and topics of statewide interest. The Bureau is funded througheTech Ohio, and is managed by ideastream

The reporters at the Bureau follow the concerns of the citizens and voters of Ohio, as well as the actions of the Governor, the Ohio General Assembly, the Ohio Supreme Court, and other elected officials. We strive to cover statehouse news, government issues, Ohio politics, and concerns of business, culture and the arts with balance and fairness, and work to present diverse voices and points of view from the Statehouse and throughout Ohio. 

The three award-winning journalists at the bureau have more than 60 combined years of radio and television experience. They can be heard on National Public Radio and are regular contributors to Morning EditionAll Things Considered and Marketplace

Every weekday, the Statehouse News Bureau produces in-depth news reports forOhio's public radio stations. Those stories are also available on this website, either on the front page or in our archives. Weekly, the Statehouse News Bureau produces a television show from our studios in the Statehouse. The State of Ohio is an unique blend of news, interviews, talk and analysis, and is broadcast on Ohio's public television stations

The Statehouse News Bureau also produces special programming throughout the year, including the Governor's annual State of the State address to the Ohio General Assembly and a five-part year-end review. 

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A conservative think tank has filed a lawsuit against the City of Columbus and the state of Ohio, claiming that its employees who live outside of Columbus shouldn’t have paid city income taxes while working during the state’s stay at home order.

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The state reported just under 1500 confirmed new coronavirus cases Friday, as mask mandates go into effect in 12 counties at 6pm.

Republican Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder has reinstituted the “work from home” policy his office had in place during the early days of the pandemic.

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The leader of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus is the first state lawmaker known to be diagnosed with COVID-19. 

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The state says an extra 20 weeks of unemployment benefits will be made available to eligible Ohioans once they have exhausted their other benefits. 

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Many Ohio cities are starting to require people to wear masks or face coverings in public spaces.

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A new report from a group of business leaders shows many Ohio companies cannot get back on their feet because their employees no longer have affordable day care options.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled a Louisiana law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital is an undue burden and unconstitutional.

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Some state leaders are angry over damage at the Ohio Statehouse after police brutality protests – and one has suggested the state consider a form of secession from the City of Columbus.

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The Ohio National Guard will soon have to end its pandemic-related missions, including its first assignment in the coronavirus crisis – helping Ohio’s 12 food banks with the huge job of getting food to increasing numbers of people who need it.

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The Ohio Constitution bans slavery except for one reason. At least one black lawmaker wants that exception removed. 

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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled the city of Toledo may no longer send appeals of traffic camera tickets to a city-paid administrative hearing officer. 

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A new Quinnipiac University poll of registered Ohio voters shows a statistical tie between President Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. 

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While President Trump has suggested slowing down COVID-19 testing, Ohio Governor DeWine says increased testing is one way of slowing the increase of COVID-19 cases as the economy begins to reopen. 

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The state's unemployment compensation fund  is now broke – which was predicted even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A bill that would allow bars and restaurants to use parking lots, green space and streets for social distancing for customers is now being considered by the Ohio Senate. 

Most schools saying they plan to restart learning in two months.

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Ohio Republicans have censured a former party chair who has drawn scorn for campaigning against Donald Trump's reelection and asking GOP voters to pick Democratic candidate Joe Biden. 

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The state’s police union says it’s cautiously on board with police reform proposals on the  local, state and federal levels.

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The state has not been denying anyone unemployment insurance benefits for COVID-19 related reasons, such as concerns about contracting coronavirus on the job or being ordered to quarantine.

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Governor Mike DeWine says the state as a whole has seen a steady decrease in cases of COVID-19.

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Ohio's unemployment compensation fund is officially broke, and the state has asked to borrow more than 3 billion dollars from the feds so benefit payments may continue. 

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The movement that began with people protesting the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other black people killed by police is starting to shape a policy debate over the future of law enforcement.

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A Republican state senator has lost his job as an emergency room doctor after asking a racially insensitive question at a hearing on a resolution to declare racism a public health crisis.

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An Ohio House committee has rejected a proposed amendment banning the sale and display of the Confederate flag at county fairs. 

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Using three quarters of a billion dollars in cuts and some reserve cash and federal Medicaid funding, the state has staved off a budget deficit for the fiscal year that ends on June 30.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is proceeding with plans to create what he says will be more accountability and oversight for law enforcement. 

The state has paid more than 3.8 billion dollars in unemployment insurance benefits to over 683 thousand Ohioans since mid-March, more than it's ever paid in a full year. 

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A resolution introduced last week to declare racism a public health crisis in the state is getting its first hearing in the Republican-dominated Ohio Senate, where one member of the GOP has joined eight Democrats in sponsoring the measure.

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A fast tracked bill that would make some changes in election law for the November vote passed the Ohio House along party lines Thursday.

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