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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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Ohio Right To Life

Candidates for statewide office seeking endorsements by the state's largest anti-abortion organization will have to meet new criteria.


During a conference call with reporters yesterday, Democratic former Ohio Attorney General Rich Cordray declined to say if he will run for governor next year.

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Ohio is scheduled to execute death row inmate Ronald Phillips via lethal injection on July 26th, now that courts have approved the state's protocol. 

It's been six years since delinquent Ohio taxpayers were given a chance to pay without penalties.

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President Trump has invited Senate Republicans to lunch at the White House after a GOP attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act collapsed for a second time.

Cincinnati Enquirer

There will not be a third trial for former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing. 


A new report by the Brookings Institution indicates a slowdown in the U.S. auto industry.

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The state has certified a proposed constitutional amendment giving crime victims and their families the same rights as the accused.  


While internet access is increasing, broadband access in Appalachia is not. 

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Ohio's largest group representing abortion opponents is cheering news that two clinics that offered the procedure have closed their doors.

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Changes are underway for how much time a person might spend in prison for a non-violent crime.

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A former Ohio State quarterback and a former Cleveland Browns running back are two members of an investor group seeking a state license to sell medical marijuana.

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State budget director Tim Keen was criticized for tax collections that came in nearly a billion dollars below his projections.


Ohio's Attorney General filed suit in June against five pharmaceutical manufacturers over the state's opioid epidemic.

At least three big school districts including Columbus, are pleading with state education officials to take a close look at what they think is a major discrepancy.

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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled the Ohio department of Education may start collecting 60 million dollars from the state's largest online charter school operator. 

A national initiative to revive civility and respect in politics launches today at the Columbus Metropolitan Club.


Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio says the meeting between Donald Trump Junior and a Russian attorney should be investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor’s official announcement last week that she’s running to succeed Governor John Kasich rounds out the 2018 GOP gubernatorial field at four.

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A Democratic state lawmaker says Republican state auditor David Yost should recuse himself from any further investigations into the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.

Nine of the 11 vetoes that state representatives voted to override in the state budget last week are related to Medicaid, though not the big veto on the plan to freeze Medicaid expansion enrollment next year.


Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor tried to differentiate herself Friday from the three other Republicans who are running for governor next year. 

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In spite of tax collections coming in short for nearly all of the fiscal year that ended June 30, the state says it ended the year with a surplus. 


The decision by state lawmakers to eliminate the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission also killed for now reforms of some grand jury proceedings.

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The Ohio House has approved a bill allowing licensed permit holders to carry concealed weapons into gun-free zones.

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Majority Republicans in the Ohio House yesterday overrode 11 of Republican Governor John Kasich's vetoes of line items in the two-year state budget bill.

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Hundreds of advocates gathered at the Statehouse yesterday to rally against a vote that would freeze Medicaid enrollment next year.

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State lawmakers are considering a bill allowing people to carry concealed weapons into gun-free zones without being criminally liable.

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The vice chair of President Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity has sent a letter to all 50 states, asking for registered voters’ names, birthdays, political affiliations, voting history and last four digits of social security numbers. 

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Ohio Governor John Kasich has until Friday night to sign the 65 billion dollar two-year state budget bill approved on Wednesday.