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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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9:30 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Cincinnati Firefighter Killed In Line Of Duty Laid To Rest

Credit Jessica Noll / WCPO

Hundreds of firefighters from Columbus and other communities took shifts in Cincinnati this morning, to allow queen city firefighters to mourn the loss of a colleague.

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9:17 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Lawmaker Calls For Investigation At Dayton Correctional Institution

Dayton Correctional Institution
Credit drc.ohio.gov

A state lawmaker is calling on the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to investigate the Dayton Correctional Institution.

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10:04 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Prison Phone Call Costs Will Be Slashed Under New Contract

It will soon cost family members of Ohio prison inmates less to make a phone call. 

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6:36 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Another PUCO Chair Leaving The Post

Tom Johnson
Credit State of Ohio

Tom Johnson is resigning as chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio but will continue to serve as a commissioner.

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6:26 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Ohio House Approves Entertainment Districts

The Ohio House has approved a plan that would allow cities with populations of 35,000 or more to create entertainment districts. 

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6:27 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Lawmakers Approve Toxic Algae Reduction Bill

The Ohio House and Senate have approved a measure aimed at reducing toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie and other waterways.

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6:26 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Ohio Senate Approves Transportation Bill Without Speed Limit Provision

The Ohio Senate has approved the state transportation budget after a committee dropped a proposal raising the speed limit to 75 mph on certain rural freeways and the turnpike.

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6:17 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Ohio House Committee Approves Charter School Crackdown

A bill cracking down on low-performing charter schools and imposing a host of new accountability standards on sponsors has cleared the Ohio House Education Committee.

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9:23 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

'Heartbeat Bill' Passes Ohio House, Despite Surprising Revelation

Majority Republicans in the Ohio House has approved the controversial bill that would ban abortion after the first detectable fetal heartbeat.

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7:47 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Budget Provision Could Disenfranchise Out-of-State Students

Some Democratic state lawmakers say they might vote against the proposed transportation budget because of a provision they say would restrict voting rights.

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7:38 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Balanced Budget Amendment Definition Difficult To Pin Down

Ohio Governor John Kasich is back on tour today in the key presidential primary state of New Hampshire.

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9:30 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Organizers Of Charitable Gaming Say It’s Hard To Make Ends Meet

Credit casinocontrol.ohio.gov

Ohioans have more gaming options now that the state has casinos and video lottery terminals at race tracks. 

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7:11 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Ballot Board Approves Petition Language For Pot Legalization Effort

Credit hemp.org

The Ohio Ballot Board has unanimously approved petition language for a group that wants to legalize marijuana in Ohio. 

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7:34 am
Fri March 20, 2015

New Adoption Records Law Now In Effect

Wendy Barkett, signing a poster on the wall at a gathering of adoptees in Columbus on Thursday
Credit Ohio Public Radio

400 thousand adoptees today may begin to take advantage of a state law giving them access to their adoption files and birth certificates.

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7:11 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Kasich Says State Will Replace Buckeye Lake Dam

Governor John Kasich meets in Columbus with department and emergency management officials Thursday to discuss plans to fix the Buckeye Lake dam.
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Governor John Kasich says the process of replacing a faulty earthen dam at Buckeye Lake will begin immediately and the water will be kept at lower winter levels in the meantime, a move likely to hurt tourism. 

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7:22 am
Thu March 19, 2015

POTUS Tells Cleveland Audience His Economic Policies Are Clearly Working

President Obama at the City Club of Cleveland
Credit Toledo Blade

President Obama challenged Republican budget priorities during a speech in Cleveland yesterday, saying they are based on economic theories that do not work.

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6:54 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Ohio Senate Approves Transportation Budget With Speed Limit Hike

The Ohio Senate has approved the 7 billion dollar, two year state transportation budget that includes a provision raising the speed limit to 75 mph on the Turnpike and rural interstates.

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6:40 am
Thu March 19, 2015

State Tax Quiz Will Remain In Place

Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa
Credit State of Ohio

The state tax commissioner says the Ohio Department of Taxation will keep using a controversial "identity quiz"  to verify information about people seeking refunds.

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10:32 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Lawmakers Remove Provision From Bill That Would Allow Fracking In State Parks

Barkcamp State Park in Belmont County is one of the state parks in which the Ohio Department of Natural Resources would have allowed fracking.
Credit Jim Letizia

Plans to allow fracking in state parks appear to be dead for now. 

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10:16 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Ballot 2015 Or 2016? Supporters Of Term Limits Extension Debate

Ohioans may be asked to vote on a measure to extend term limits of state lawmakers. 

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