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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 group has filed a petition with state officials to propose placing a voting related constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot this fall. 

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State Lawmakers who’ve wanted to stop the impending increase in the number of school buildings where students will be eligible for Ohio's largest private school voucher program say there’s a deal in the works.


Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio is blasting the White House's trade deal with China, calling it "much ado about nothing."

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For the first time in eight years, Ohio’s governor will deliver two consecutive State of the State speeches at the state capitol.

Ohioans who have made online charitable donations through the PayPal Giving Fund to avoid fees might be surprised by details of a new multistate settlement. 

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Thousands of members of state's largest pension fund will see changes to their health care benefits. 

The Ohio Department of Medicaid director says her agency is dealing with big problems and could face huge fines from the federal government if they’re not fixed. 

Karen Kasler

The U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development came to Columbus Tuesday to announce new money to combat homelessness across the country – the day after a new report showed a slight increase in Ohio’s homeless population.

A new report shows Ohio is again in the middle of the pack on taxes, spending and other areas that have an impact on public policy - except one.

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The state has not carried out an execution in 18 months.

Ohio's Governor says he remains opposed to  legalizing recreational marijuana use. 

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Ohio's Secretary of State has ordered county election officials  to be on guard for the possibility of a cyber attack from Iran, citing a spike in suspicious activity around the  country. 

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Ohio Attorney General David Yost wants state and community leaders to send a message that there's help available for victims of human trafficking. 

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An automated shuttle service is about to launch in a Columbus neighborhood. 

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President Trump is scheduled to appear in Toledo Thursday for the first campaign visit of this election year.

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Republican Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says candidates for the March presidential primary ballot have been certified.

The Chinese auto glass maker Fuyao has announced a 46 million dollar expansion of its plant in Moraine, adding 100 jobs.  

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Ohio’s Medicaid program has unveiled a new tool designed to help cut down on confusion when it comes to prescription drugs.

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 Some Ohioans who oppose the U.S. assassination of a senior Iranian military commander took to the streets in Columbus and other cities over the weekend. 

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As the 2020 presidential campaigns ramp up, Democrats are fine-tuning their message to voters as they try to take back the state. 

Andy Chow

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has said his major priority for 2020 is to push for his anti-gun violence package in the legislature, and DeWine took that message to hundreds of people gathered from all of Ohio's counties.


It’s been said many times, and will be repeated often in 2020 – no Republican has won the White House without winning Ohio.


Ohio’s governor is pushing back on the Trump administration over a key issue – accepting refugees.

The Ohio Attorney General is asking a court to remove the embattled Sandusky County Prosecutor from office. 

2019 was a year that saw a lot of talk about bills that would lift restrictions on guns until the deadly mass shooting in Dayton turned the tables.

Abortion was a big issue in Ohio in 2019, as it has been for several years. 


Public health leaders say the flu has hit the Buckeye State hard.

The Ohio Senate has tabled until the new year a bill requiring food stamp cards to contain a photo ID.

Wednesday was the filing deadline for the March 17 presidential primary ballot. 

Critics are giving low marks to a study of the state’s school report cards put out by a group of lawmakers.