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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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The proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act could cost Ohio up to 8.5 billion dollars over the next eight years, according to a new study by a statewide research group.

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Businesses, universities and governments are taking on a growing danger that is playing out through digital attacks.

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Both of Ohio's US Senators were concerned about what would happen to the 700 thousand Ohioans enrolled in Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act if the law was repealed.

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A newly introduced bill in the Ohio Legislature aims to crack down on food stamp fraud.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says half of the state's public drinking water systems are in danger of missing a deadline requiring them to map out their lead pipes. 

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Ohio House Democrats are taking a proposal from Governor John Kasich and throwing it back at him with a bill requiring him to spend a week with local schools.

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The state's semi-private economic development agency JobsOhio says last year, the fewest number of jobs were created since 2013.

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Adults routinely prescribed EpiPens for allergic reactions may soon find it's easier and cheaper to get one under  a bill state lawmakers are considering.

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All three of Ohio's living former governors were at the Statehouse this week to help raise money for facility improvements.

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Groups hoping to reform criminal sentencing laws accuse legislators of being over-reliant on bills that create new penalties and extend sentences.

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A new legislative proposal calls for Ohio's congressional districts to be drawn with bipartisan input similar to what Ohio voters approved for state legislative boundaries in 2015.

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Republican State Representative Dorothy Pelanda of Marysville says she will run for secretary of state next year.

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Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni says he will run for governor  next year.

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A state senator is proposing a bill giving local governments more control over what they pay construction workers on public projects.

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The generation of African-Americans who lived under Jim Crow is passing away but the impact lives on, according to University of Dayton sociologist Ruth Thompson-Miller.

A statewide think tank that studies health, education and economic issues is presenting data on Ohioans directly to state lawmakers.

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A bill has been introduced in the Ohio Legislature that would require candidates for President and Vice President to disclose their tax returns in order to get on the statewide ballot.

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Republican federal lawmakers are defending their choice not to attend public forums with their constituents. 

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Ohio Governor John Kasich is spending the weekend in Washington D.C.

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A group that wants to put a proposed constitutional amendment to help crime victims on the statewide ballot this fall is forging ahead with its effort. 

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A proposal in the state transportation budget would still require Ohioans to have front license plates, but would allow them to escape being cited if they're parked.

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Republican legislative leaders from Ohio and Wisconsin are joining forces as they prepare for changes in how the Trump administration deals with states.

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Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor has launched her gubernatorial campaign by creating a fundraising committee.

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An Ohio lawmaker wants to change the eligibility rules for people who want to get scholarships from the state to send their kids to certain private schools.

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Since becoming Governor, John Kasich has been calling for different agencies to - as he puts it - move at the speed of business.

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Some Ohio lawmakers are pushing a bill they say would save consumers, and in particular women, 4 million dollars a year.

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Teachers unions are gearing up for a fight against a controversial provision in Governor John Kasich's state budget proposal requiring educators to shadow workers at local businesses in order to renew their licenses.

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In the last two legislative sessions, at least one Republican state lawmaker has introduced a bill changing the rules for union dues and membership for public employees.

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The Kaiser Family Foundation says more people died in Ohio from opioid overdoses in 2014 than in any other state.

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A newly introduced bill at the Statehouse seeks to put limits on the number of patients under the care of one registered nurse.

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