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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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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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9:21 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Buzzards Return To Hinckley On Schedule

Buzzard spotters 2015
Credit Hinckley Chamber of Commerce

The buzzards returned to Hinckley, Ohio over the weekend to mark the start of spring.  Annie Wu of member station WCPN in Cleveland reports.

 

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9:25 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Business Groups Join The Opposition To Kasich’s Budget

Ohio Governor John Kasich’s budget proposal is running into opposition from all sides, with a  group of lobbyists becoming the latest to speak out against it. 

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9:20 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Committee Considers Term Limits Extension For November Ballot

Bill Batchelder

State Lawmakers are considering a measure that would again ask voters to approve expanding term limits.

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6:28 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Attorney General Approves Language Of Marijuana Legalization Amendment

The campaign to get a marijuana legalization amendment on the statewide ballot is moving forward, now that the Attorney General has approved the amendment’s language. 

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6:38 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Marijuana Legalization Backers Issue Revenue Estimates

A group seeking to legalize marijuana in Ohio this year has estimated how much revenue their plan could generate.

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6:16 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Husted Finds 145 Improperly Registered Voters

Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says he's found another 145 people who are registered to vote but shouldn’t be, because they are not U.S. citizens.

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8:53 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Ohio's U.S. Senators Offer Different Takes On GOP Letter To Iran

Sherrod Brown (L) and Rob Portman

Ohio's Rob Portman is among the 47 Republican U.S. Senators who signed an unprecedented letter to Iran this week.

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6:12 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Future Of "Heartbeat Bill" Uncertain

The bill that would ban abortion at the first detectable fetal heartbeat has been introduced three times in the last four years.

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6:08 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Stats And Stories On Restrictive Ohio Abortion Laws

During the past four years, Ohio legislators have passed several laws restricting abortion.

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10:00 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Opponents Battle Over Effects Of Abortion Bans In Ohio

Ohio Governor John Kasich signs stringent abortion restrictions into law
Credit NY Daily News

Groups calling themselves pro-choice say recently passed state laws make it harder for women with difficult pregnancies to end them before they put the women’s lives in danger. 

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9:44 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Ohio Supreme Court To Decide If Sex Offender Label Can Be Unconstitutional Punishment

The Ohio Supreme Court will weigh in on the state's mandatory punishment for a 21 year old man convicted after what he said was a consensual sexual relationship with a 15 year old girl. 

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6:36 am
Tue March 10, 2015

State Releases February Casino Revenue Figures

A look inside the Columbus casino
Credit ohio.com

The Ohio Casino Control Commission says three of Ohio's four casinos lost money in February as compared with the same month a year ago.

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