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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.

Homecoming Vote Turns Into Chance To Learn About New Machines

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

This is the time of year when students choose their school’s homecoming courts. And kids in one Franklin County high school are voting in a very official way.

Senate Overhauls House Plan To Repeal And Replace School Takeovers

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Senate Republicans have made several big changes to a bill, HB154, that would have repealed and replaced the process used to takeover failing schools.

Secretary Of State Expects Another Outreach To Deleted Voters

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The state is still counting up how many of 235,000 voter registrations identified as inactive were removed by county boards of elections starting September 6 . But Secretary of State Frank LaRose said he wants to continue to work with voter rights groups who had concerns that active voters might also be removed .

Ohio Senate Committee Considers Seven New Gun Bills

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Of the seven bills the Ohio Senate's Government Oversight and Reform Committee heard today, three were bipartisan.

Sherrod Brown Believes Public Pressure Is Building For Gun Regulations

Monday, September 16, 2019

State lawmakers are back in action holding more hearings on gun regulation bills. And Gov. Mike DeWine is still pushing for his proposals. But Congress has yet to show an interest in moving gun issues on the federal level, with provisions getting blocked in the Senate.

Ohio's Universities Tell Lawmakers To Deal Them Out Of Sports Betting Bills

Monday, September 16, 2019

Ohio lawmakers have introduced bills to legalize sports betting. But Ohio’s universities don’t want to be dealt in on those bills or any others that involve expanded sports gambling.

Next Democratic Presidential Primary Debate To Be Near Columbus

Friday, September 13, 2019

Otterbein University in Westerville will host CNN's presentation of the fourth Democratic Presidential Primary debate.

Ohio Just Scored A Big Bargain

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Office of Budget and Management reports the state just received the lowest rate on financing on record.

More Than 100 People Arrested In Human Trafficking Sting Operation

Friday, September 13, 2019

A three-day, multi-agency, undercover human trafficking sting in Central Ohio has resulted in 104 people being arrested. This sting is just the latest in statewide efforts to combat human trafficking.

Chief Justice Sounds Off On Bail Reform, Gun Background Checks Info In Annual Speech

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor talked about maintaining public trust in the judiciary, supporting sentencing reform, and keeping dockets moving with apps, texting and technology.

State Education Leaders See Improvements Through New Report Cards

Thursday, September 12, 2019

School districts all around Ohio are taking a close look at their new report cards . The state-issued analysis includes an overall letter grade for each district.

Nuclear Bailout Group Paying People To Follow Referendum Petitioners

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Generation Now, one of the well-funded groups in the fight over Ohio's nuclear power plant bailout, is monitoring the referendum petition workers by putting their own people on the ground.

Bill Seeks To Shield Some Crisis Counselors To Protect Sexual Assault Victims

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Advocates for sexual abuse survivors can be required to report and testify in court about the cases they are handling – unlike doctors and lawyers. Some victims of sexual abuse say have been retaliated against when that happens.

Nuclear Bailout Referendum Worker Accuses Opposition Of Assault

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A person gathering signatures to put the nuclear power bailout law on next year's ballot called police to report an assault in Dublin. The alleged instigator is accused of working for the opposing group trying to keep the nuclear bailout law, created through HB6, in place.

No More Chabot Surprises; Campaign Treasurers Must Sign Forms

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Ohio’s Secretary of State is changing rules for the way political candidates designate their campaign treasurers on forms filed with his office.

Appeals Court Rules Ohio's Execution Drug Method Is Constitutional After All

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A federal appeals court says an execution set for next May can go forward, because the condemned killer didn’t prove his claim that the state’s three-drug execution method is unconstitutional.

Ohio Is Spending $4 Million On Anti-Vaping Efforts

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The state's new $4 million dollars effort is focused on kids. Recent serious illnesses associated with vaping are alarming state leaders and health experts.

Fliers Push Anti-Chinese Government Message To Save Nuclear Bailout

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

A group fighting to protect the state law that bails out nuclear power plants is plastering the state with fliers urging people not to sign a petition that would put a rejection of the bailout before voters, connecting the referendum effort to Chinese government interests.

Bipartisan Resolution Aims To Get More Women In Top Leadership Roles

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

In 2016, women represented more than 44% of the labor force in Ohio but just slightly more than 20 percent of the seats on boards of Fortune 1000 companies headquartered in Ohio.

Ohio's New Medical Marijuana Patient Advocate Is Also A Grower

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The appointment comes after House Speaker Larry Householder fired Bob Bridges from that post last week. But Householder's newly picked patient advocate has ties to the business side of the issue.