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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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Ohio lawmakers this week were supposed to take up a controversial gun bill allowing  concealed weapons in more places and expanded access for gun owners, but that has been delayed until after Thanksgiving.

Dan Konik

Ohio lawmakers have been wrestling with how to make changes to the state’s EdChoice private school voucher plan for more than a year.

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Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator is the first member of the chamber to announce he’s part of a trial to test a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Former Ohio Republican Party chair Matt Borges is making public comments for the first time since his arrest in the bribery scandal linked to the state's nuclear power plant bailout law.

State health officials Monday reported 7,268 new cases of COVID-19 and 20 new deaths.  

Dan Konik

FBI agents this morning raided the Columbus home of the chair of the agency that regulates Ohio utilities.

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With Ohio in the third week of COVID hospitalizations setting a new record each day, Governor Mike DeWine on Wednesday evening laid out two new health orders and previewed the possibility of a limited shutdown.

Even before COVID-19, many teens have struggled with mental health issues. 


Ohio’s Republican attorney general wants the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling extending the deadline for absentee ballots to be returned.

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Two Republican state lawmakers are introducing a bill to crack down on people they call looters and rioters – those who perpetuate violence or damage to property as part of protests.

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President-elect Biden won his race without carrying Ohio.


As other states continue to tally the votes in the presidential race, President Trump is making false statements about widespread fraud that other leaders say undermines the election process.

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After announcing a new record in COVID-19 cases and calling this the most dangerous stage of the pandemic, Governor Mike DeWine Thursday named a new leadership team at the Ohio Department of Health.

The Franklin County Board of Elections says the Gahanna Jefferson school money issue on Tuesday's ballot remains too close to call. 

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There were no widespread technical problems in Tuesday’s statewide vote.

Tuesday was bad for Ohio Democrats and brought wins for Republicans on Capitol Square. 

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Ohio Democrats lost the presidency last night as well as many key statewide and congressional races.

The Associated Press reports President Trump has again carried Ohio, as he did four years ago. 

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Akron-based FirstEnergy fired CEO Chuck Jones Thursday, hours after two defendants entered into a plea deal in the federal racketeering case involving the state's nuclear power plant bailout law.

Two of the five men charged in the federal corruption case involving the state's nuclear power plant bailout law have pleaded guilty to racketeering charges. 

Dan Konik

The entire Ohio House and half the Senate, both of which are controlled by Republicans, are on the ballot this year.

President Trump is advocating that people who previously voted for Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden change their vote.

The state Controlling Board has approved distributing 420 million dollars in federal CARES Act monday to individuals and businesses struggling economically from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Around 50 law enforcement agencies were involved in the latest anti-human trafficking operation in Ohio, the largest ever. 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says he doesn’t know any of the details about an alleged plot to arrest him under a so-called “citizen’s arrest.”

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As Ohio hit another record in both coronavirus cases and hospitalizations Friday, Governor Mike DeWine and a group of Republican state lawmakers announced how the state will distribute more than 420 million dollars in federal CARES Act funding to people, operations and groups affected by the pandemic.

Alison Holm

A federal lawsuit against Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose that could have allowed counties to add more ballot drop boxes at various locations for this election has been dropped.

Opponents the state's nuclear power plant bailout law recently held  a virtual rally seeking its repeal.

The campaign ad war between President Trump, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and groups that support them has been fairly even in Ohio. 

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The Ohio Secretary of State's office says more than twice as many Ohioans cast early ballots this year than at the same point in 2016.