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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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The White House says President Trump will stop in Dayton on Monday for a campaign event. 

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The Franklin County judge who ruled Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has the authority to order more ballot drop box locations granted a preliminary injunction to allow county boards of election to install them

The Ohio House committee holding hearings on a potential repeal of the state's nuclear power plant bailout law heard testimony from the leader of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, who was accused of having a conflict of interest in the case. 

State lawmakers are considering two bills that would make changes in how income taxes are collected by Ohio's largest cities. 

Liesl Bonneau

The Ohio Democratic Party is asking the Franklin County judge who issued a ruling allowing for additonal ballot drop boxes to take action against the Ohio Republican Party.

Marian Jacques

More than two dozen parents, mostly in Northwest Ohio, are suing the state over the mandate that K-12 students wear masks.

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The leader of Democrats in the Ohio House is blasting a Republican controlled panel of lawmakers for its decision to deny a request by the Republican Secretary of State to pay for postage on mail-in ballots.

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A Franklin County judge has ruled Secretary of State Frank LaRose has the authority  to order additional ballot drop box locations in each county prior to the November election.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has signed a bill into law shielding first responders, businesses and schools from COVID-19 related lawsuits. 

Ohio House of Representatives

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has shot down as “ridiculous” and “crazy” internet rumors about the state’s plans for federal emergency management money.

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One of the Ohio Senate's top leaders has tested positive for COVID-19, leading both he and the Senate President to go into quarantine.

Karen Kasler

Former Ohio Governor John Kasich has been criticizing President Trump since losing to him in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.

Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine

State health officials say Coronavirus and influenza could prove a deadly combination this winter. 

Biden and Trump campaigns

A group that monitors ad buys says President Trump's campaign has canceled previously scheduled ads set to air statewide this week. 

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Governor Mike DeWine has named Ohio's next Department of Health director, nearly three months after former director Doctor Amy Acton stepped down.


The Ohio House has started hearings on a potential repeal of the state's nuclear power plant bailout law. A federal investigation alleges the bill is at the center of a corruption scheme involving Republican now former House Speaker Larry Householder.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says thousands of Ohioans who received unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic have been told they were overpaid. 

For more than a decade, Ohio voters have had several options for casting ballots.

Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine

State health officials Tuesday reported 656 new cases of  COVID-19 and 17 new deaths. 

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Ohio voters who want to mail in their ballots might be concerned when they hear about recent changes made by the U.S. Postal Service or when they read President Trump’s Twitter feed.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says his legal staff has told him Cincinnati cannot be exempted from the statewide alcohol curfew.  


Labor Day is usually marked with barbeques with families and friends.


The state is launching a program to help local officials track potential COVID-19 outbreaks.

State health officials Thursday reported more than 13 hundred new cases of COVID-19 and 50 new deaths. 

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In North Carolina this week, President Trump told people to vote twice - once by mail and once in-person. 

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Republican former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of racketeering.

Ohio didn’t experience the blue wave that many other states did in 2018.

Data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have raised questions about causes of death among those who contract COVID-19.

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The Ohio House came back to work Tuesday.

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Republican Ohio House leaders have announced a new committee that will hold hearings on the potential repeal of the state's nuclear power plant bailout bill at the center of an alleged 60 million dollar bribery scheme.