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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.

DeWine, Whaley Lead Gubernatorial Candidates In Campaign Fundraising

Friday, July 30, 2021

We're getting a better look at how the campaign to be Ohio governor is shaping up in the early days of the 2022 race. The gubernatorial candidates filed their campaign finance reports, showing how much money they've taken in with still a year and three months before the election.

Appeal Filed After Judge Rules Against Reinstating $300 Checks For Jobless Ohioans

Friday, July 30, 2021

A Franklin County judge has ruled against reinstating the $300 weekly checks for unemployed Ohioans during the pandemic that were discontinued by Gov. Mike DeWine last month. The judge said the law is clear that DeWine wasn’t obligated to continue the program for around 200,000 Ohioans. But the suit isn't over.

Ohio House Dems Call For DeWine To Fire Staff Members

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Democrats in the Ohio House want Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) to fire two members of his staff in response to new information to come out related to the nuclear bailout bribery case. But DeWine's office says that's not going to happen.

Ohio House Minority Leader Meets With National Democrats Urging Passage Of Federal Voting Laws

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Ohio’s House Minority Leader says Republican state lawmakers are taking a page from a national playbook as they try to reform voting.

Ohio COVID Cases Climb To Highest Number In Two Months

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Ohio’s COVID numbers are higher than they’ve been in two months, as the number of new vaccinations inches up only slightly.

Brown Praises Jan. 6 Committee, Questions GOP Criticism

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said he’s talked to Capitol and DC police officers who watched the powerful testimony earlier this week at the U.S. House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the nation’s Capitol.

State Employees Can Get $100 For Getting COVID-19 Vaccines

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

If you are a state employee and you’ve been vaccinated, you are going to get a little extra money. The latest incentive involves paying state workers who get COVID shots.

Ohio Sued For Repeatedly Denying Parole To A Certain Category Of Inmates

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

A lawsuit claims that Ohio has an unwritten policy of denying release to death row inmates who were re-sentenced after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Ohio’s death penalty in 1978.

Judge Orders ODJFS To Review All Denials For Unemployment In 21 Days

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has 21 days to decide appeals from people who were denied federal pandemic unemployment assistance, according to a ruling from a Franklin County judge.

Renacci Says He Wants Investigation Into FirstEnergy Donations To DeWine

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Ohio Democrats have been talking up last week’s plea deal from FirstEnergy as proof of Republican corruption in state government. But now Gov. Mike DeWine’s main opponent in next year’s GOP primary is joining in.

Many Ohio Businesses Won't Likely Require Masks To Deal With Delta Strain Of COVID

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Now that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has advised all Americans, vaccinated or not, to wear masks indoors to prevent spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant, what will Ohio businesses and government do?

Bill Would Repeal Two Election Law Changes Put Into State Budget

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Democrats and groups representing voters have been critical of two changes in election laws that are in the new state budget. Now, there’s a bill that would repeal those measures.

Lawmaker Disputes DeWine's Claim That Randazzo's FirstEnergy Ties Were Clear

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

FirstEnergy says it paid a bribe of more than $4 million dollars to Sam Randazzo before he became chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says he didn't know about the bribe until late 2020, but insists that Randazzo's past work with FirstEnergy was common knowledge. That's a claim others are disputing.

Group Wants Ohio Lawmakers To Legalize Marijuana Or They'll Take It To Voters

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

A group hoping to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Ohio has changed its legalization plan. It’s now looking at passing a state law rather than a constitutional amendment.

Ohio National Guard Members Who Helped During Pandemic Could Get State Money If Bill Passes

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Some Democratic state lawmakers say the Ohio National Guard has helped keep Ohioans safe during the pandemic. So, some lawmakers have drafted a bill to give members $1000 each as a thank you for their service.

Portman Says House Investigation Won't Be Viewed As Legitimate By Many Republicans

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman says he’s concerned about the U.S. House committee that is looking into the January 6th attack on the nation’s Capitol building.

DeWine Says Numbers Make The Case For COVID Vaccines

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Less than 50% of Ohioans are fully vaccinated. And numbers from Ohio’s Department of Health show a staggering difference between serious COVID cases in unvaccinated and vaccinated Ohioans.

DeWine Learned Of FirstEnergy Payment To Former PUCO Chair Before He Resigned

Monday, July 26, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine has made his first public comments since last week’s plea deal from FirstEnergy in the federal corruption case involving the nuclear power plant bailout law known as House Bill 6.

Public Colleges Have New Principles To Prevent Hazing On Campuses

Monday, July 26, 2021

Ohio has a new law that stiffens penalties for people convicted of hazing at the state’s college campuses. Now, the public colleges themselves are taking actions to prevent hazing.

State Health Department Recommends Vaccines For Students, Teachers Returning To Classroom

Monday, July 26, 2021

While the school districts are prohibited from mandating people to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the Ohio Department of Health is issuing guidance strongly recommending students and staff get the shot before the new school year.