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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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At the beginning of 2020, few had heard of coronavirus.

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Ohio’s nursing home residents and workers are among the first in the state to be offered the new COVID-19 vaccines.

The pandemic slowed down work at the Statehouse in 2020.

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The Ohio House finished the bulk of its lame duck session work with the Republican speaker saying the chamber will not take any action on the nuclear power plant bailout law linke to the largest bribery scandal in Ohio politics.

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Health care workers, seniors living in congregate settings and first responders in Ohio are getting COVID-19 vaccines now. 

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The Ohio Senate adjourned the lame duck session last night without overriding Governor Mike DeWine’s veto of a bill restricting his ability to issue health orders to shut down businesses, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Two more Ohio House Democrats have tested positive for COVID-19 as the virus continues to impact the lame duck session.

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Time is running out for the Ohio House and Senate to decide what to do with the nuclear power plant bailout law.

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The so-called "Christmas Star" will be visible in the Ohio sky tonight.

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The first COVID-19 vaccines for residents and staff at nursing homes and long-term care facilities are being shot into arms around Ohio today.


The Ohio House has passed the controversial "Stand Your Ground" gun law that removes the "duty to retreat" requirement before lethal force may be used in self-defense.

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A state representative from Columbus who hasn’t been to the Statehouse is more than a year and a half is suing her fellow House Democrats as well as the current and former minority leaders.

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Getting broadband services to the estimated one million Ohioans who lack it has been a challenge

The Ohio Democratic Party is expected to vote on a replacement for outgoing chairman David Pepper on December 29. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles takes a look at who might be in the running for the job. 

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All 538 members of the Electoral College are voting across the country today – including the 18 electors in Ohio.

Hundreds of doctors, and nurses around the state are receiving the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine.


Ohio's two U.S. Senators are among the congressional leaders calling for passage of a new COVID-19 economic relief package.

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Ohio’s Republican attorney general is joining in part of the lawsuit Texas has filed against Pennsylvania. 

Anti-death penalty advocates are reacting to comments from Governor Mike DeWine, who said in an Associated Press interview lethal injection “appears to us to be impossible from a practical point of view”.

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Ohio has logged its highest daily number of confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, but some of that is related to a backlog of tests that the state was double checking over the last several weeks.

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The Ohio House and Senate are holding more than 100 hearings this week as the Legislature nears the end of session.

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The state will be changing the process of adding COVID-19 cases to the daily count.

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Ohio is expected to get about a half million doses of COVID-19 vaccines during the next month.

Nearly 28 thousand Ohioans filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits last week, bringing the state's pandemic total to over 1.9  million.

Nearly 257 thousand people filed continuing claims. And the Labor Department says 712 thousand Americans filed first-time claims last week, down by 75 thousand from the previous week. The feds say it's the latest sign the U.S. economy and job market remain under stress, and many employers are still cutting jobs.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has vetoed a bill limiting his power to issue health orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

DeWine had promised to veto the bill that passed the legislature, pretty much along party lines. And he is sending it back to the legislature with a message. 

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The Ohio House has passed along party lines a bill requiring aborted fetal remains to be buried or cremated. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

The bill, which has been under consideration for nearly two years, would require a woman having an abortion to fill out a form designating how to dispose of the fetal remains. If she doesn’t do that, it will be up to the abortion provider to decide whether to bury or cremate the remains and pay for it. The ACLU of Ohio’s Gary Daniels says the bill is unconstitutional.

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Nearly 13 percent of the state’s population has received some sort of unemployment assistance since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Ohio has recorded its second-highest number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19, and the third day in a week of death totals in triple digits.

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Families of nursing home residents are being urged to refrain from taking their loved one home for a holiday celebration, due to the potential spread of COVID-19.