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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 national group has dropped its effort to put a medical marijuana issue on the fall ballot.

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It's not unusual to see exchanges between lawmakers get heated. But a face-to-face altercation inside the House Chamber between the Republican speaker and a high-ranking Democrat reached an unsettling new level. 

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Republican Ohio Attorney General and former U.S. Senator Mike DeWine has confirmed what political prognosticators have reported for months: he's running for governor.

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State lawmakers approved a slew of measures yesterday before leaving for summer break.

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The Ohio Senate has approved a measure requiring hospitals and abortion providers to bury or cremate fetal remains.

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After nearly 20 years of trying, backers of a bill to legalize medical marijuana are celebrating it's historic passage by the Ohio legislature.

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Ohioans will soon be allowed to register to vote online. But some lawmakers are still skeptical.


The Ohio Attorney General's office says the state will appeal a judge's ruling that a law trimming early voting is unconstitutional.

A bill to regulate medical marijuana through the Ohio Board of Pharmacy is being scrapped over concerns the setup would create an undue burden on the state.


State lawmakers are considering a bill changing the name of  Port Columbus to John Glenn International Airport.

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A federal district judge has blocked the state's effort to end funding for Planned Parenthood while he weighs a challenge to a state law aimed at keeping public money from going to the organization.

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A new state audit shows charter school attendance has improved.

Columbus-based Huntington Bancshares says it will invest more than 16 billion dollars into communities impacted by its purchase of Akron-based FirstMerit, which will result in the closing of more than one hundred branches.

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An Ohio Senate panel has scrapped a controversial amendment removing local control over sales of dogs at pet stores.

New data from the Ohio Secretary of State's office shows more than three times as many Democrats cast Republican ballots in the March primary, as compared with the number of GOP voters who marked Democratic ballots.

An Ohio Senate committee has amended the House-passed bill to legalize medical marijuana use.


The Ohio House has approved a bill expanding the use of in-vehicle breathalyzers for people convicted of driving while intoxicated - including first-time offenders.

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More than 4 million U.S. workers will become newly eligible for overtime pay under rules issued Wednesday by the Federal Government.


The Ohio Senate is debating what to do with an amendment about local control over pet sales that's attached to a tax bill.


Ohio House lawmakers are considering changes in how battles over school district borders are handled.