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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.

Gov. DeWine Explains Who Will Get Ohio's First Shipments Of The COVID-19 Vaccines

Friday, December 4, 2020

Ohio is expected to get about a half million doses of COVID-19 vaccines during the next month. And Gov. Mike DeWine has laid out the state’s plan for processing and distributing those vaccines.

School Funding Overhaul Overwhelmingly Passes House, But Could Stop There

Thursday, December 3, 2020

A school funding overhaul that’s been in the works for five years passed the Ohio House by a huge margin and is on its way to the Senate. Supporters say it’s the first constitutional plan since the Ohio Supreme Court struck down school funding in 1997. But it might not get far.

Ohio House Passes Bill Dealing With Disposition Of Fetal Remains

Thursday, December 3, 2020

The Ohio House has passed, along party lines, another abortion bill. This one requires fetal remains from abortions be buried or cremated.

DeWine Vetoes Bill Limiting His Power To Prevent Coronavirus Spread

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he’s vetoed the controversial bill that would limit his power to put out order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Ohio Counts Three Days Of Triple-Digit COVID Deaths In A Week

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Ohio has recorded its second-highest number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19, and the third day in a week of death totals in triple digits.

Nearly 13% Of Ohio's Population Have Received Unemployment Assistance At Some Point This Year

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

More than 1.5 million Ohioans – nearly 13 percent of the state’s population – have received some sort of unemployment assistance since the pandemic began last spring. And some of those people could still be receiving benefits.

Lawsuit Against Ohio's Attorney General Seeks Information About Involvement With Republican Group

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

A liberal leaning watchdog group says Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has used his official capacity to collaborate in partisan efforts. And it's filed a lawsuit to compel Yost to turn over documents related to work he’s done with a Republican Attorneys General Association.

Chair Of Committee Hearing Nuclear Bailout Repeal Bills Puts Forward A Delay

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

There’s a new twist in the possible repeal of Ohio’s controversial nuclear bailout law – a plan to delay the $150 million the state will collect next year for its two nuclear power plants. It comes from the head of a special House committee hearing proposals to repeal the bailout.

Ohio School Funding Bill Sponsor Hopes To See It Passed Before He Leaves Office

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The term-limited sponsor of a plan to overhaul Ohio’s school funding system says he’s hopeful it will pass before he leaves the House at the end of this month. The measure could be voted on in a House committee Wednesday.

Ohio Hits Another Milestone With COVID Patients In Hospitals And ICUs

Monday, November 30, 2020

On the first weekday after the Thanksgiving holiday, Ohio hit yet another record for COVID patients in hospitals, and for those in intensive care units and on ventilators. And while case numbers have dropped a bit, medical professionals are saying the battle against the virus is raging on.

Visits With Nursing Home Residents Are More Challenging Now But Possible

Monday, November 30, 2020

Families of nursing home residents are being urged to refrain from a common practice this time of year - taking their loved one home for a holiday celebration. But that is not being allowed this year due to the potential spread of COVID-19.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper Resigns

Monday, November 30, 2020

After an election where polls showed Democrats would do well in Ohio but largely didn’t, the leader of Ohio’s Democratic Party is resigning. David Pepper says he’ll step down from his post at the end of this year.

Health Departments Struggle With Staffing, Huge Influx Of Cases

Friday, November 27, 2020

Thousands of reports are being reviewed by the Ohio Department of Health before being posted to its coronavirus tracking website. Part of that is double-checking antigen test results with local health departments.

Ohio's Restaurants Ask Congress For More Federal Aid

Friday, November 27, 2020

Ohio’s restaurants and bars say Congress needs to get to work immediately to give them more federal dollars to offset the losses associated with the pandemic.

Ohio Vote Certified With Record Turnout, All-Time High Early Vote

Friday, November 27, 2020

The results of the 2020 vote in Ohio have been officially certified as the highest turnout ever. Nearly three quarters of all registered voters cast ballots.

Bill To Protect LGBTQIA Ohioans From Discrimination Has Been Simplified From Previous Versions

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

For decades, some Ohio lawmakers have wanted to expand the state’s civil rights law to include sexual orientation. They’ve now made a change in the way they plan to do that, by substituting their bill with another that’s tied to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

DeWine Pushes For Gun Legislation In Lame Duck

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is calling on his fellow Republicans in the legislature to pass what he sees as common sense gun regulations. But lawmakers don't have much time to act as the clock winds down on the current legislative session.

FirstEnergy Credit Ratings Downgraded To Junk Status

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

FirstEnergy's credit rating has hit below investment grade or "junk" status by the three big rating agencies; Fitch, Moody's, and S&P. It's another blow to the company that has experienced a tumultuous year after being linked to a $61 million alleged racketeering scheme.

State Senator Wants To Get Rid Of Penalties For Business Owners In Governor's Recent Mask Mandate

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

A state senator says the enforcement provisions in Gov. Mike DeWine’s mask mandate are unfair. It requires customers to wear masks and if they don’t, state inspectors could take action against the business owner with fines or even shutdown.

First Batch Of COVID-19 Vaccine Coming To Ohio Around December 15

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Ohio is planning to receive the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine around December 15, with another batch coming a week later. This begins the multi-tiered distribution process of immunization for the coronavirus in the state.