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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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A Republican state senator is trying for a fourth time to passed a bill he says will help firefighters who got cancer on the job. 

Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

A new study shows inmates in Ohio’s local jails often rack up thousands of dollars in fees, making it harder for them to become productive citizens once they are freed.

The group behind the marijuana legalization amendment voters rejected earlier this month has been given permission to proceed with a related proposal. 


After a tough few months, the leader of Ohio’s education department has announced he’s retiring at the end of the year. 

Associated Press

Two former Ohio State University students are facing charges for supporting terrorists overseas.


More than one-thousand pieces of evidence from the corruption trial of former Cuyahoga County Commissioner and former county Democratic Party Chair Jimmy Dimora have been released, more than three-and-a-half years after he was convicted.

Not only did Issue 3’s pot legalization measure get shot down but voters also passed Issue 2, which was created to counter 3 if it passed. 

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana suffered a big defeat at the ballot box. 

Republican Ohio Governor and presidential candidate John Kasich says he will eliminate the U.S. Department of Commerce if he wins the White House.

For seven months, Ohio’s 8th Congressional district seat will be open thanks to John Boehner’s resignation Saturday night. 

Backers of Issue 3, the proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana in Ohio, say passage is a matter of life and death for some Ohioans. 

Issue 2 on the November ballot is often associated with how it will impact the ballot issue to legalize marijuana.

Ohio could be the first state to legalize medical and recreational marijuana use if voters approve State Issue 3 next week.

Minority Democrats in the Ohio Legislature are again pushing a bill banning employers and landlords from discriminating against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people.  

Ohio Governor John Kasich has stayed away from attacking his fellow Republican presidential candidates in the two previous debates, but he sounded a much more aggressive tone in a pre-debate rally today. 


A Cincinnati woman with a fatal pregnancy problem says she was forced to go out of state for a late term abortion. And advocates say bills under consideration would make situations like hers worse. 

A coalition of researchers says students at online charter schools are drastically lagging behind students at traditional public schools. 

Issue 2 - also known as the "anti-monopoly" amendment - will be decided by Ohio voters next week.  If the measure passes, it might be the beginning of a long legal battle. 

State of Ohio

The so-called "right to work" bill banning employers from requiring workers to pay dues to unions has now been introduced in the state legislature.

Juvenile Justice Coalition

A new report says Ohio's juvenile prison system has become a model for others a quarter-century after it was on the brink of crisis.