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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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Backers of a marijuana legalization proposal on the November ballot have been airing tv ads for a couple of months.

The lawmakers that pushed for state legislative redistricting reform now want to change the way congressional districts are drawn. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.  

Policy groups on the right and left say Ohio lawmakers are undermining attempts to reduce the state's prison population by continuing to introduce tough-on-crime bills that put more people behind bars.

The Ohio House has approved new performance, accountability and transparency requirements for charter schools.


A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Republican Ohio Governor and presidential candidate John Kasich is third among Ohio Republicans, behind Donald Trump and Ben Carson. 

A charter school reform bill is moving through the Ohio Legislature after months of negotiation.

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A non-profit research organization says it will build a state-of-the-art cannabis research center here in Ohio if Issue 3 passes. 

An estimated one hundred elected officials, public leaders and journalists met quietly this week in Columbus for a first-ever conference about how to make the political process more polite. 

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Ohio’s troubled charter schools recently received a 71 million dollar federal grant. from the federal government.

Businesses that cause problems in neighborhoods could be shut down a little easier under a new bill. 

Gov. John Kasich denied clemency for the key figure in the so-called Coingate scandal in 2005. 


State renewable energy requirements would be suspended indefinitely under recommendations of the legislative Energy Mandates Study Committee.

The procedure used by the government to take and keep someone’s property in a criminal case is being challenged by both conservative and progressive advocates. 

A recent study shows in the 15 states that elect supreme court justices - including Ohio - death sentences are reversed 11 percent of the time.

The resignation of Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio might mean a slight change in the way federal policy impacts the state. 

When Ohio voters go to the polls next month, they’ll be voting on a proposed constitutional amendment that could legalize marijuana. But that won’t be the only issue on the ballot. 

Minority Democrats in the Ohio House have again introduced an equal pay for equal work bill.

Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel says more than 100 local governments have put their spending information on a treasurer's office website.

Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says a new partnership with Google will make it easier for entrepreneurs to start small businesses and establish an online presence. 

Ohio voters have a chance to legalize marijuana for both medical and personal use this fall.