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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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More than a month after Governor Mike DeWine signed one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, a lawsuit has been filed in federal court to stop it from taking effect in July.

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Business groups, weathly school districts and a charter school organization are backing a new proposal on high school graduation requirements. 

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A new bill at the Statehouse would require doctors to provide information to women receiving a medication abortion on how they could reverse the procedure.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine wants a board to develop statewide standards regarding police pursuits. 

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The Ohio Senate is now considering the House-passed two year state budget proposal.

There’s a blockbuster battle brewing over a small tax credit that was cut in the House version of the budget.

The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against an Ohio developer, alleging the company ignored requirements of the the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act.  

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A federal court has denied Ohio’s request to delay new congressional map drawing.

The three-judge federal appeals court  panel that ruled Ohio's Congressional district map unconstitutional has denied a request from the state to delay their order to draw a new map next month.

Ohio's ranking for public health emergency preparedness has risen by 9 percent since 2013 but still ranks below the national average, according to a new study from the non-profit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Ohio’s Congressional district map is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, after a panel of federal judges ruled it’s unconstitutionally gerrymandered to favor one political party.

Plans are in the works to sell the closed General Motors plant in Lordstown to a company that intends to build electric trucks there.

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A new bill in the Ohio Legislature would ban most private insurance coverage for abortions.

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The Ohio Democratic Party is asking Attorney General David Yost to turn over records regarding an ad about his first 100 days in office.

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Ohio is seeking to stay an order requiring a new congressional map be drawn by next month after a court ruling found its Republican-drawn congressional districts unconstitutional.   Ohio's Attorney General filed an appeal Monday on behalf of GOP Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Republican legislative leaders.

Nearly 500 people attended Kent State University ceremonies Saturday commemorating the four students killed and  nine wounded when Ohio National Guard troops opened fired during a Vietnam War protest in 1970.

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An Ohio House panel has recommended delaying changes to a bill to bail out the state's struggling nuclear plants while repealing green energy standards. 

A third of Ohioans do not own a home.

The Ohio House has passed a bill that would end state takeovers of local school districts.

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A former democratic state lawmaker is among those indicted on federal corruption and fraud charges for their dealings with the City of Dayton. 

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Republican Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says he's concerned about attacks at houses of worship, including at a synagogue in California over the weekend. 

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Republican Ohio House speaker Larry Householder says a bi-partisan school funding proposal introduced a few weeks ago won’t be part of the chamber's version of the state budget proposal, which will come out on Wednesday.

As the nation battles a measles outbreak, there's a new bill in the Ohio legislature requiring parents be told there are exemptions to the law mandating kids to be vaccinated to attend school. 

Andy Chow

The comprehensive bill that completely changed the landscape for payday lenders in Ohio will officially go into effect this weekend, nine months after it passed, giving the industry time to adjust. 

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The Ohio Department of Transportation says there were nearly 80 thousand distracted driving crashes in Ohio in the last five years, killing at least 268 people and injuring more than 3 thousand. 

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A local judge has blocked local school districts from intervening in the civil lawsuit against the now-closed Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.  

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Ohio lawmakers are debating a plan to bail out the state's two nuclear power plants by raising rates on customers. 

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The bi-partisan school funding plan proposed by two state lawmakers would cost one billion dollars more than the current formula.

Independent ethics investigators say former Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Renacci misused official resources for his campaigns for governor in 2017 and U.S. Senate last year.

Nearly nine thousand bicycle helmets will soon be distributed to Ohio children through an ongoing partnership between the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.