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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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The proposed state constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana will be before Ohio voters this fall. 


Next weekend the state’s leading anti-abortion group will be hosting a presidential candidate – and it’s not Governor John Kasich. 

Dayton Daily News

Political and higher education leaders participated in a panel discussion on college affordability yesterday in Urbana.


Ford ended production of a series of vans last year, costing 200 workers at its Avon Lake plant their jobs.

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The panel that’s working on police-community relations has come up with drafts of standards on use of force, recruitment and hiring. 

Back to school time means it's time for parents to get updated vaccinations for their children. 

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Democratic State Representative Ron Gerberry is expected to plead guilty to campaign finance charges and resign from his seat.

Less than a month after a deadly off-campus traffic stop, the University of Cincinnati has named a new leadership team to reform its policing practices.

You might see more cars in mall parking lots this weekend. 


A last minute surge in the polls put Governor John Kasich on the primetime stage for the nation's first Republican presidential debate of the 2016 campaign season last night in Cleveland.

A bill introduced in the state legislature would require Ohioans getting welfare benefits to take a drug test.

Body cameras have been back in the news following a recent police shooting in Cincinnati.

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The U.S. EPA has issued its sweeping strategy to scale back on climate change.

Jo Ingles OPR Statehouse News Bureau

The State Controlling Board has approved $2.7 million for an online checkbook website that tracks public spending.

The final cast for the first Republican presidential debate of this election cycle should be known tomorrow. 

The state’s top elections official says the group backing a marijuana legalization plan may be breaking the rules when it comes to gathering signatures for its ballot issue.

More than 100 pro-life advocates rallied outside of the Statehouse to protest Planned Parenthood following the release of controversial videos online. 

About 20% of Americans are disabled in some way. But most new homes built in Ohio don't include elements for the disabled. 

Ohio health leaders say their effort to bring down the infant mortality rate is working but they still have a long way to go. 


The central Ohio region is running out of phone numbers using the 614 area code, so people who get a new phone number will soon have an all new area code to come with it.