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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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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.

As America's income inequality continues to grow, more people are turning to the so-called 'sharing' economy just to make ends meet.


The Commission on Presidential Debates says the first debate between the two major party presidential nominees will be held at Wright State University near Dayton on September 26 of next year.

A progressive-leaning campaign watchdog group is accusing allies of Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich of breaking elections and ethics laws to donate to Kasich's super PAC. 

What Impact Would Marijuana Initiative Have on Business In Ohio?

Sep 23, 2015

Backers of the marijuana legalization constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot next month say there are good jobs at stake.

The state auditor has referred a Columbus-area charter school for an ethics investigation after allegedly finding nepotism and self-serving deals. 

Ohioans will vote on an issue this fall that could legalize marijuana growth, sale and use in Ohio.

Working under a tight deadline, the Ohio Ballot Board on Friday approved new language for a marijuana legalization amendment that will appear on ballots as Issue 3.

The U.S. Census Bureau has released figures on the number of Ohioans living in poverty.


State lawmakers have introduced a bill designed to help curb Ohio's prescription drug overdose epidemic.

Environmental groups continue their push for stronger green energy policies.

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The Ohio Supreme Court decision that nearly a hundred million dollars in equipment bought by charter school operators with tax money belongs to those operators and not to the schools has raised more anger against the industry.

The Ohio Supreme Court has sided with a controversial charter school operator. 


Ohio Board of Education members grilled state schools superintendent Richard Ross for the first time since the charter school data scrubbing scandal went public. 

State leaders could be announcing a new agreement that increases the severance tax as soon as the end of the month.

The Ohio Democratic Party is calling for an independent investigation into the Ohio Department of Education over the changing of data for online and dropout recovery charter schools. 

Running for president is a marathon of rallies, town halls and speeches, and it means a lot of time away from home.

A bipartisan coalition including Americans for Tax Reform and the American Civil Liberties Union has launched a new effort to reduce Ohio's prison population and find alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent offenders.

A new federal study ranks Ohio among the worst states in the nation for families on the brink of hunger.