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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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Two Republican co-sponsors of a  bill that would require burial or cremation of fetal remains are clarifying their legislation. 

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has lifted the statewide ban on bird exhibitions after finding no immediate threat of avian flu.


Two Dayton-area advocacy organizations have filed a federal lawsuit claiming the location of the Dayton Mall's public bus stop discriminates against people with disabilities.

Karen Kasler

A three-member panel appointed by the outgoing state school superintendent has recommended to the state school board 22 ideas on how to reform and restore the public perception of the charter school system. 

A deal between an environmental group and Columbus-based American Electric Power could change the future landscape of energy generation for the company. 

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Republican state lawmakers are introducing new legislation  requiring women who have abortions or miscarriages to designate arrangements for burial or cremation of fetuses.

An Islamic civil rights group in Ohio is coming with strong language against Donald Trump’s rhetoric on the presidential campaign trail. 

A bill that’s meant to add safeguards for religious leaders has some lawmakers worried about the possible unintended consequences it could have on marriage equality. 

A federal judge has ended a decade of court-ordered oversight of Ohio's juvenile prison system. 

Some Ohio school districts been charging fees to students for sports, music and theater programs and other activities for years.

Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

A Democratic State lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would prevent the Republican Secretary of State from removing many people from voter rolls.

Karen Kasler

A anti-union bill has been introduced in the legislature making Ohio a so-called "right to work" state. 

Despite the increasing prominence of artisan food, a coalition  of up mostly smaller family farmers says growers receive only 19 cents of every dollar Ohioans spend on their Thanksgiving meals this year. 

The state's top investigator says he's found reasonable cause of wrongdoing by a former top aide to the Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor and another of her employees.  

A central Ohio woman has been honored for the time she spends as a caregiver for her mother. 

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is threatening to sue fellow candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich over an ad run by Kasich's political action committee.

Dayton Daily News

Former President Bill Clinton told an Ohio State University audience yesterday every citizen's job should include public service.

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Two groups have released a study on the nation's preparedness for climate change-related weather events showing Ohio is not ready for what could come in the next decades.

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Two bi-partisan bills in the legislature would get rid of management training for cosmetologists. The plans have sparked disagreement among lawmakers, salon owners and cosmetologists.


The first piece of bipartisan legislation to come out of Governor John Kasich's task force on police-community relations has been introduced.