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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 Public Children Services Association of Ohio says the opioid crisis is overwhelming the foster care system as more children are removed from the homes of addicted parents.

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The U.S. House and Senate have passed the GOP tax cut bill along party lines.

There’s almost universal agreement more treatment needs to be made available to help Ohio overcome the opioid crisis that killed nearly 11 people a day last year.

There are as many as 170 thousand Ohioans who abuse or are addicted to opioids, according to a recent study from Ohio State University’s Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy.

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The Ohio Senate has approved a measure banning abortion when a fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome.

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State Auditor David Yost says the fiscal health of Ohio's counties and cities this year is slightly worse than it was a year ago.

A bill in the Ohio House attempts to reform the criminal justice system by basing bail on a person's risk to society rather than their financial situation. 

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci has selected Cincinnati Council Member Amy Murray as his running mate.

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Some of the people who brought a marijuana legalization plan to the ballot two years ago want to try to put a different one before voters next year.

A state lawmaker says the way bail is set for people who are arrested can sometimes be a backwards process.

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Backers of a marijuana legalization ballot issue being announced today have tried to get Ohio voters to approve of the idea in the past.

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As expected, Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill has submitted his resignation. 

State tax revenues for November were slightly above estimates.

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill says he intends to resign from the bench to run for governor.

Ohio's Third Frontier Commission has awarded nearly 10 million dollars for several research and development projects that aim to stem opioid addiction, part of the 20 million Governor John Kasich said he wanted to set aside for high-tech solutions to the epidemic.

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Republican State Auditor David Yost says questions about the past drug convictions of a consultant who played a key role in Ohio's new medical marijuana program need to be addressed before the program launches next year. 

The GOP tax cut bill is now in a U.S. House and Senate Conference committee.

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a strong supporter of charter schools,  says state report cards on public schools are unfair to those with high poverty rates. 

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A controversial bill to shore up the state's  unemployment compensation fund might be moving forward soon.

The entry of Rich Cordray into the Democratic gubernatorial race raises questions about whether Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill will run.

One of the state lawmakers who serves on the panel that approved Ohio's medical marijuana program wants to put it on hold until certain questions are answered.

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In a move that surprised virtually no political watcher, former U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief Rich Cordray has announced his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination

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One of the principal backers of the failed 2015 ballot issue to legalize marijuana is threatening legal action against the state's medical pot program. 

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Two of the four Republicans running in the gubernatorial primary  have teamed up to form one ticket.

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The speaker of the Ohio House is talking about the resignation of former Republican State Representative Wes Goodman, who allegedly sexually assaulted a teenager. 

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Two Republican gubernatorial candidates are joining forces. 

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A bipartisan bill that would crack down on Ohio’s 650 payday lenders has received its first hearing in the House.


Time is running out for Congress to approve more funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program before the money dries up.

Less than 30 percent of Ohio registered voters cast ballots in the November election, which featured the most expensive ballot issue in Ohio history.

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Former Ohio Senate President Bill Harris has passed away after months of battling cancer.