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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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Dan Konik

Ohio lawmakers will once again consider a bill to guarantee that state and local governments can’t seize guns or close gun stores or ranges during declared emergencies.

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A new bill would allow athletes at Ohio’s colleges and universities to receive compensation from their name, image and likeness. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Karen Kasler

Just as the first of five drawings for a million dollars and for a college scholarship is taking place on Monday, a Republican state representative who’s been critical of Republican Governor Mike DeWine’s mask mandate and COVID shutdowns has sponsored a bill to ban the Vax-A-Million shot lottery.

All Ohioans over 16 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. But there are still reports of people having problems finding appointments near home. At a shot clinic in Vinton County Monday, the governor said the state may start moving doses around after it gets its next shipment Tuesday. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.


Both of the announced Republican candidates in Ohio's U.S. Senate race are on the air with TV ads.

The death of 20-year-old Stone Foltz, a Bowling Green State University sophomore from Delaware County who died this month after  an alleged fraternity hazing incident, has renewed calls for change at the state and federal level.

A federal judge has dismissed Republican Ohio Attorney General David Yost’s lawsuit against the Biden administration to force the results of last year’s Census to be released by March 31.

Statehouse News Bureau

The information on the Ohio Department of Health's coronavirus website has been questioned by critics and some state lawmakers.

The deadline for filing and paying state taxes has been delayed.

As expected, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has vetoed a bill giving state lawmakers the power to overturn his health and emergency orders.

Jo Ingles

There’s a rush for COVID-19 vaccines in many parts of Ohio, as those who are eligible race to book appointments for shots as soon as they become available.

Dayton and Montgomery County say they’ll open their vaccine clinics to people over 16 starting Tuesday, following an announcement from Ohio's Governor about clinics that have been seeing empty slots on their schedules.

Dan Konik

Ohio high school students may now earn a diploma based on course grades rather than final exams, under a bill signed into law  over the weekend.

Dan Konik

Opponents of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s COVID-19 restrictions and shutdowns have dropped their federal lawsuit they filed last fall, seeking removal of the state of emergency declared last March.

Ohio Public Radio

State representative and former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder was back at work Wednesday, one day after his fellow Republicans met to discuss whether he should be removed from office as he awaits trial on federal corruption charges.

Ohio Senate

A shooting spree in Georgia left eight people dead, most of whom appear to be of Asian descent.

Dan Konik

Advocates for cancer patients have been pushing for them to be added to the state’s COVID-19 vaccine eligibility list.

All 66 Ohio House Republicans meet this afternoon to discuss what to do about Larry Householder, eight months after the former speaker’s arrest on federal corruption charges, four months after his re-election to his seat and two months into a term with no committee assignments.

Ohio Secretary of State's Office

The League of Women Voters of Ohio is opposing a lawsuit filed by the State of Ohio against the decision to hold back 2020 U.S. Census data till September 30 because of the pandemic and concerns about accuracy.

Dan Konik

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says the national goal laid out by President Biden to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to every adult by May 1 is within reach for the state.

Thirteen elected Republicans in Licking County – in former Ohio Speaker Larry Householder’s district - have asked Householder's successor to remove him from office.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says he will veto a bill that would limit the scope of any state of emergency coming out of the governor's office.

Along with individual stimulus checks and more help for the unemployed, there’s a lot of money headed to Ohio and its cities and counties once the latest 1.9 trillion dollar COVID-19 relief bill is signed into law.

The list of Ohioans who will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines still doesn’t include cancer patients.

Ohio Channel

The Ohio House has scheduled a possible committee vote on a bill that would limit states of emergency issued by the governor and allow legislators to rescind health orders.

Jo Ingles

Nearly all Ohio schools are returning to in-person or hybrid learning after pledging to do so to get vaccines for employees.

Jo Ingles

The Ohio Republican Party has a new chair, a well-known political operative.

Ohio Public Radio

Some Ohio lawmakers have introduced a bill designed to cut down on fake 911 calls.

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Ten of the more than 200 people have been arrested in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol are from Ohio.

Andy Chow

A measure to repeal the nuclear power plant bailout law is gaining momentum in the Ohio Senate.