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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.

Change To Exploding Voucher Program Likely Coming, But Time Is Running Out

Friday, January 17, 2020

The number of public school buildings where students will be eligible for t he state’s largest private school voucher program will more than double in the coming school year. And that could blow huge holes in the budgets of 70 percent of Ohio’s school districts. Lawmakers who have said they want to change that are running out of time.

U.S.-China Trade Deal Draws Mixed Reactions From Ohio Leaders

Friday, January 17, 2020

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is blasting the White House's trade deal with China, calling it "much ado about nothing." While U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) calls the deal a "good first step."

Prevailing Wage Issue Puts Ohio House Speaker In A Spot

Friday, January 17, 2020

Two Republican Ohio House members want to introduce a bill soon that would eliminate the prevailing wage on construction projects. And that puts the GOP leader of that chamber in a spot.

DeWine Will Keep State Of The State Speech At Statehouse For Second Year

Friday, January 17, 2020

For the first time in eight years, Ohio’s governor will deliver two consecutive State of the State speeches at the state capitol.

Lawmaker Feeling Confident ‘Aisha’s Law’ Will See Movement

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Rep. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) says her high-profile domestic violence bill is gaining momentum in the Ohio House. The bipartisan piece of legislation known as "Aisha's Law" looks to overhaul the way communities and law enforcement respond to reports of assault.

Ohio Medicaid Director Blasts Kasich Administration For Leaving Behind Big Problems

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The director of Ohio Medicaid says her agency is dealing with big problems and could face huge fines from the federal government if they’re not fixed. And she’s pointing to the administration of former Gov. John Kasich for creating and not handling those mistakes.

OPERS Board Approves Changes, Reductions In Health Care Assistance

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Thousands of retirees will see changes to their health care benefits after the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) Board of Directors approved a new plan for the way members receive assistance.

HUD Announces $2 Billion Toward Homelessness At Ohio Event

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development came to Columbus to announce new money to combat homelessness across the country – the day after a new report showed a slight increase in Ohio’s homeless population.

Two Bills Would Create Automated Voter Registration, But In Different Ways

Monday, January 13, 2020

A pair of bills in the Ohio Legislature would change the way people register to vote, making it an automated process instead requiring them to fill out forms or go online. People could still opt out of the process in both. But the new bill in the House would do it differently than a Senate proposal.

Ohio Farmers Can Take Advantage Of Low-Interest Loans

Monday, January 13, 2020

Weather and tariffs have created some tough conditions for Ohio farmers and agribusinesses. But they can get some relief through a state program that reduces the interest on the debt they incur for their operations.

Drug Deaths Dropped Significantly In Ohio In 2018

Monday, January 13, 2020

Deadly drug overdoses in Ohio fell nearly 22 percent in 2018, to the lowest number in three years. And overdose deaths dropped in every category of drugs except one.

Cincinnati Abortion Clinic Says It Now Has What It Needs To Remain Open

Friday, January 10, 2020

A Cincinnati abortion clinic that recently lost the variance it needs to operate thinks the problem is now resolved.

Legislation Cracks Down On Fentanyl Trafficking From Other Countries

Friday, January 10, 2020

While lawmakers from both parties battle over politics, there is some movement on bipartisan efforts to fight the deadly drug fentanyl in Congress. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says his legislation to create sanctions on fentanyl will give federal officials the tools they need to crack down on opioid trafficking from other countries.

Creator Of Death Penalty Law Says Ohio Won't Have Another Execution

Friday, January 10, 2020

There hasn’t been a killer put to death in Ohio in 18 months. And the state’s last execution has likely taken place, according to the architect of Ohio’s 1981 death penalty law. But prosecutors say killing off capital punishment entirely would be a mistake.

LaRose Orders Boards Of Elections To Block Cyber Activity From Iran

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is ordering county elections officials to be on guard for the possibility of a cyber attack from Iran after entities have seen an increase in suspicious cyber activity around the country.

House Leader Says It's Ok To Disagree On Some Bills

Thursday, January 9, 2020

The Ohio House and Senate have had different approaches and ideas on key pieces of legislation during the past year. And while that’s occasionally caused some tension, the leader of the House says that’s ok.

Yost Wants "Highway To Hope" For Human Trafficking Victims

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost wants state and community leaders to send a message throughout Ohio that there's help out there for victims of human trafficking.

President Trump Starts 2020 Campaign Year With Thursday Rally In Toledo

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The location, timing and message of this Trump rally could be a preview of his re-election strategy.

Self-Driving Shuttle Provides New Step In Ohio's Automated Future

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Linden, a northeast Columbus neighborhood, is about to launch a residential, automated shuttle service which officials say is the first program of its kind in the country.

Cincinnati's Only Abortion Clinic Fighting To Keep Its Doors Open

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Cincinnati’s only abortion clinic is in business now but its future is uncertain. It is fighting to keep its doors open.