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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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Majority Republicans in the Ohio House have approved a resolution asking the federal government to stop sending Syrian refugees to the state.


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will host a rally at the Greater Columbus Convention Center this coming Monday night.


Workers have begun constructing a stability barrier in front of the deteriorating Buckeye Lake dam as part of a project to replace the structure.

Ohio's John Kasich is among several governors moving to temporarily halt acceptance of Syrian refugees following Friday's deadly attacks in Paris.

Clark County Sheriff's Office

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that requiring convicted sex offenders to register and check in with authorities is not cruel and unusual punishment.

Communities around the state are holding events to honor veterans. 


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.