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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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4:24 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Parents Leading Push To Opt Out Of Standardized Testing

Students  around the state are taking the first round of standardized testing using the new assessment known as the PARCC.

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9:59 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Feds Release Latest ACA Enrollment Figures

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says more than 234 thousand Ohioans picked or renewed health plans during the latest enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act.

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6:24 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Bill Would Allow Nonreligious People To Officiate Marriages

Senator Mike Skindell is sponsoring the measure
Credit cleveland.com

A bill under consideration in the Ohio Senate would allow atheists, secular humanists and other nonreligious people to officiate weddings.

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8:33 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Opinions Split On Impact Of SUPCO Ruling Barring Local Fracking Bans

The Ohio Supreme Court’s decision that local communities can’t use zoning ordinances to keep out oil and gas drillers has communities, activists and lobbyists speculating on what it might mean for the future.

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4:47 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Pot Proposal Includes Provision For Home Growers

One of the groups backing a plan to legalize marijuana in Ohio is making a change to its proposal.

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10:18 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Task Force Wants Taxpayer Money Spent On Expanding Grocery Store Markets In Ohio

Credit Ohio Healthy Food Financing Task Force

Grocery stores are clustered together in some areas of Ohio.

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11:24 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Thinking Baseball And Presidents Day

Nixon throwing the first pitch on Reds Opening Day, 1970
Credit mlb.com

Government offices and banks were closed today for Presidents' Day.

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11:00 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Concern About State Cigarette Tax Hike And Tobacco Smuggling

Ohio Governor John Kasich's budget plan seeks to increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes by 1 dollar, giving Ohio the highest tax among the states it borders.

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7:08 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Tax Commissioner Defends “Identity Quiz”

Joe Testa
Credit wksu.org

State Tax Commissioner Joe Testa took some heat this week from lawmakers who say they’re hearing complaints from some constituent tax refund filers who are being required to take an identity quiz.

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6:42 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Advocates Of Medicaid Expansion Collecting Stories Of How It’s Working

Medicaid expansion went into effect last year, and state lawmakers are concerned about how it will be funded after the federal government starts paying less than the full cost.

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10:14 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Columbus' Bid To Host Democratic Convention Comes Up Short

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman
Credit Facebook

Columbus has lost its bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

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8:08 am
Thu February 12, 2015

State Liquor Sales Set Record In 2014

The Ohio Department of Commerce says total liquor sales in the state rose last year to a record level.

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7:55 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Kasich Defends Severance Tax Hike From Lobbyist Criticism

Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich is pushing back against oil and gas industry lobbyists who say now is not the time to raise the severance tax.

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7:39 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Surgeon General Urges Measles Vaccinations During Ohio Visit

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy
Credit USA Today

The U.S. Surgeon General is urging central Ohio parents to vaccinate their kids. 

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9:05 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

New Superman Statue Proposed For Cleveland Lakefront

Proposed Superman statue
Credit cleveland.com

A number of famous war heroes and political figures are celebrated in sculpture across Ohio, but one of the state's most famous sons has never had that honor --- until now.

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8:59 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Lawmakers Grill Agency Directors About Medicaid Premiums

The biggest chunk of the state budget is Medicaid.

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5:10 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

New Bills At Statehouse Could Make Abortion Illegal At Earlier Stage

Some new bills at the Statehouse would make abortion illegal at earlier stages of pregnancy than existing law, which bans abortion after around 24 weeks.

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7:12 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Ohio's U.S. Senators Want More Aid For Ukrainian Military

Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio (L) and Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio
Credit cleveland.com

Ohio's two U.S. senators are pushing for more American aid to bolster the Ukrainian military.

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7:09 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Potential Senate Candidate Strickland Tries To Downplay Any Political Overtones Of His Work On Coal

As former Democratic Ohio Governor Ted Strickland nears a decision on running for the U.S. Senate, he is seeking to tamp down any political overtones of his work in Appalachian coal.

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10:03 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Education Leaders React To Governor Kasich’s Proposed School Funding Formula

Education leaders are sorting through the details of Ohio Governor John Kasich’s proposed changes to the state's school funding formula. 

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