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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. 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 through BEMC and is managed by ideastream.

Investigation Into Insurrection At U.S. Capitol Continues To Yield More Arrests, More Information

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

More than 200 people have been arrested in connection with the insurrection in Washington D.C., and ten of them are from Ohio. Here's a look at what’s being done to deal with the fallout and prevent it from happening again.

New Bill Aims To Stop Fake 911 Calls

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Some Ohio lawmakers are introducing a new bill that is aimed at cutting down on fake 911 calls.

More Unemployment Claims Flagged For Possible Fraud, Slowing Down Benefits

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Filings for unemployment benefits had been slowly ticking up in January. But the last two weeks of reported numbers show an explosion of claims. And the state’s job and family services agency is now flagging tens of thousands of claims filed in those last two weeks.

Sherrod Brown Wants To Take On The Racial Homeownership Gap

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says systemic racism in home lending will be one of the top priorities for the banking committee he now chairs.

Senate Committee Moves Bill To Repeal Nuclear Bailout Subsidy

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

A measure to repeal the nuclear power plant bailout is gaining momentum in the Ohio Senate. A bill would end the proposed increase to monthly electric bills.

State Ed Leader Explains Why Testing Ohio Students This Year Is Important

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The U.S Department of Education says educators must resume federally mandated tests thihs year. Lawmakers in Columbus have been debating what to do about Ohio’s standardized tests. The state superintendent is now weighing in on that question.

Speaker Supports Plan For More Lawmaker Involvement In Health Orders

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The House is looking over a bill passed by Senators that would pull back on Gov. Mike DeWine’s power to issue health orders – by allowing lawmakers to take a bigger role. The House leader is interested in the plan, which DeWine has threatened to veto.

DeWine Says He's Optimistic For Return Of Fans At Games, Dancing At Proms

Monday, February 22, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohioans who are planning now for spring events – proms, weddings, baseball games – should feel confident things will be better this year compared to 2020. But there’s a big caveat.

Ohio Nursing Home Visits Encouraged, Though Staff Still Rejecting Vaccines

Monday, February 22, 2021

The nursing home COVID-19 death toll jumped by nearly 1,300 in the last week, as the Ohio Department of Health added in 4,000 unaccounted-for deaths to the state’s running total. But with lower overall statewide case numbers and vaccines, visits to nursing homes are allowed and even being encouraged.

New Bill Would Take Away Consequences For Businesses That Violate COVID Orders

Monday, February 22, 2021

Ohio lawmakers will look over yet another measure to pull back on Gov. Mike DeWine’s power to issue health orders. A new bill proposed by one of his fellow Republicans would take away penalties slapped on business owners cited for violating coronavirus orders.

Former State Rep Who Wanted To Impeach DeWine Now Wants To Run Ohio GOP

Friday, February 19, 2021

A former state lawmaker who has had some controversial conservative ideas is running to be the chairman of the Ohio Republican Party.

Food Banks Flat-Funded In New Ohio Budget, Though Demand Keeps Growing

Friday, February 19, 2021

Unemployment and financial problems from the pandemic have brought millions of people to food banks, which are serving 150,000 more Ohioans per month than they were a year ago. That’s putting a strain on the system that supports those people in need.

Lawmakers Propose Several Bills To Repeal, Change HB6

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Several bills have been introduced in the Ohio House and Senate to tackle the controversial nuclear power plant bailout bill, HB6. The measures range from a complete repeal of the bill at the center of a bribery investigation to repealing portions of the legislation.

DeWine Defends Use Of Health Orders As Lawmakers Consider Limiting Authority

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says he still might veto a bill that would limit his authority when it comes to issuing a state of emergency and health orders. DeWine defends the restrictions created through these orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FirstEnergy SEC Filing Suggests Improper Transactions

Thursday, February 18, 2021

FirstEnergy has filed a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission saying it has identified certain transactions that date back as far as ten years ago. The large electric company says these transactions include amounts collected from customers.

New Ban On Death Penalty In Ohio Is Most Bipartisan Ever Proposed

Thursday, February 18, 2021

For the sixth time in a decade, a Democratic state lawmaker has proposed a bill to end the death penalty in Ohio. But this time the measure has significant Republican support.

Timken Joins US Senate Race, As Both Candidates Fight For Pro-Trump Label

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The contest for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate is now a real race, now that the former chair of the Ohio Republican Party has done as many expected and jumped into the race. It’s shaping up to be a battle over which candidate can tie themselves more closely to former president Donald Trump.

Lordstown EV Maker Wants Carve-Out In Ohio Direct Vehicle Sales Law

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The electric truck manufacturer that took over the shuttered Lordstown General Motors plant near Youngstown wants a change in state law to help it sell vehicles in Ohio. This could set up a clash with the state’s car dealerships.

Senate Approves Bill To Limit States Of Emergency, Health Orders

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

A bill to limit Gov. Mike DeWine’s (R-Ohio) authority to issue health orders and states of emergency and require more legislative involvement is moving forward today. It passed out of the Ohio Senate and now heads to the Ohio House, continuing the debate the role the government should play in a global pandemic.

What's Next In The Fight Over Ballot Drop Boxes?

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Groups that have been clamoring for more ballot drop boxes are mulling their next move, now that Ohio’s Secretary of State issued a new directive limiting them for the May primary.