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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 Ohio Attorney General's office says it's reviewing a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and Lambda Legal on behalf of four transgender people who want the genders on their birth certificates changed to properly reflect their identities. 

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Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor continues to call for a debate with Ohio Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial rival Mike DeWine - saying he has been unclear and even flip flopped on Medicaid expansion. 

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As the May primary draws closer, the four Democratic gubernatorial candidate are talking about their ideas for tackling the opioid crisis.

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A Republican State Representative has been accused of inappropriate sexual conduct. 

The Ohio Republican Party voted last night to join Democrats in endorsing the legislature's congressional redistricting plan going to the ballot in May.

White nationalist Richard Spencer has backed out of public speaking at colleges and universities, and is dropping lawsuits against schools who blocked his events.  

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A billionaire Democratic fundraiser who’s been running an ad campaign to impeach President Trump launched a series of at least 30 town hall meetings around the country last night in Columbus. 

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A bill to overhaul training standards for cosmetologists was lying dormant until it suddenly gained momentum this month, passing out of an Ohio House committee.

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An estimated 200 Ohio high school students who walked out of their buildings this morning made their way to the Statehouse to lobby  lawmakers to pass or reject some gun bills under consideration.

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Democratic state lawmakers are making another effort to raise the minimum wage. 

The Ohio Board of Education has approved a resolution opposing a bill in the Ohio House placing most of the board’s responsibilities under control of the governor’s office.  

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For seven years, Ohio lawmakers have been cutting down on gun regulation.

Ohio's two U.S. Senators say President Trump's plan to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports is broader than they would prefer.

During his State of the State speech, Ohio Governor John Kasich announced plans to rebuild central Ohio’s mental health hospital with capital improvement dollars. 

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Some state lawmakers are backing a new bill to reform sexual harassment training standards for their colleagues.

The four major candidates in the Democratic gubernatorial primary met for their first debate of the year last night in Toledo.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich delivered his final State of the State address last night at Otterbein University. 

Andy Chow

Corporations are seeing big savings as the effects of the large federal tax cut take place.

Among Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich’s new proposals on gun laws are a ban on bump stocks” and a so-called “red flag” bill, allowing law enforcement to seize guns of people deemed dangerous.

Politicians and advocates have been sounding off nationwide about what the country should do about gun control policies in the wake of the mass school shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich proposed several gun law changes he hopes to get through the Republican-dominated  legislature.

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State Auditor David Yost says he's backing a bill designed to help the state recover money spent on fraudulent payments to Medicaid providers. 

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State lawmakers have released their 2.6 billion dollar capital improvements budget.

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An Ohio lawmaker has introduced a proposed fix for problems with the state commerce department's process in the medical marijuana program.

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The former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says he’s concerned about the agency's directional shift.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich has apparently changed his views on gun regulations. 

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The state says human error led to a Hilliard company's inadvertent exclusion from the proposed list of the dozen large-scale growers for Ohio's medical marijuana program.

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A lawsuit has been filed over a newly signed state law that bans abortion at the point a Down Syndrome diagnosis is made.

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Majority Republicans in the Ohio House have unveiled a plan to overhaul the state's education system by consolidating several departments into one, including the Ohio Department of Education and of Higher Education.

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Republican Lieutenant Governor and gubernatorial candidate Mary Taylor is pulling back an earlier statement in which she said she wouldn't vote for her primary opponent if he becomes the party's nominee.