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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.

Governor Vetoes Tax Break For Wealthy Taxpayers Added Late To Budget

Sunday, July 21, 2019

One of Gov. Mike DeWine’s 25 vetoes on the state budget struck a provision that was added at the last minute – a property tax reduction for certain homeowners in one wealthy school district, but not others.

Lawmaker Unhappy With DeWine's Vetoes On Medicaid, Health Care

Friday, July 19, 2019

Nearly half of the 25 vetoes that Gov. Mike DeWine issued when he signed the two-year state budget deal with health care and Medicaid, which is the state’s largest program.

Backers Of Background Checks For Gun Sales Aim To Pass It

Friday, July 19, 2019

It looks like Ohio voters might get to vote on a proposed law that would expand background checks for firearm sales after all. A previous version of a petition that would start the process of putting it on the ballot to begin had been rejected last month.

Pharmacists Association Is Optimistic About Changes In Budget

Friday, July 19, 2019

Many of Gov. Mike DeWine’s 25 budget vetoes had to do with changes to Ohio’s Medicaid system. And part of that involves the two pharmacy benefit managers or PBMs the state uses as middlemen between Medicaid and pharmacists.

Ohio's Unemployment Rate Is Declining And Businesses Say It's Hard To Find Workers

Friday, July 19, 2019

Ohio’s unemployment rate was down slightly in June. It was an even 4 percent last month compared to 4.1 percent in May. Companies in Ohio have jobs that are going unfilled right now.

DeWine Ready To Sign Nuclear Subsidies Bill, Awaits House Vote

Friday, July 19, 2019

Gov. Mike DeWine says the proposed law that creates subsidies for nuclear, coal, and solar energy hits his main energy priorities.

DeWine Wants Surplus Directed To Lake Erie Initiatives

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Gov. Mike DeWine signed a two-year budget deal which included $172 million for improving the water quality in Lake Erie, but he hopes more money can be pumped into that fund at the end of the biennium.

Ohio Legislature Passes Bill To Legalize Hemp And CBD Oil

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Most of the attention on lawmakers has focused on their approval of a state budget 17 days after the deadline. But they also passed a bill to decriminalize hemp and license its cultivation.

DeWine Signs His First Budget As Governor - With 25 Vetoes

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the state operating budget 17 days after the deadline, and 10 hours after a temporary budget expired.

House Stalls Energy Vote Due To Absent Members

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The sweeping energy bill that could save nuclear plants from shutting down while making big cuts to renewable and efficiency policies was put on hold with possible "yes" votes not present at the Ohio Statehouse.

Budget Creates St. Patrick's Day Primary Over Democrats' Objections

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The two year operating budget will move next year’s presidential primary to St. Patrick’s Day. Republicans had to move it to after March 15 so they could award all delegates to a single candidate.

Ohio Senate Approves Nuclear Subsidy Bill That Tosses Efficiency Standards

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The legislation moving out of the Ohio Senate will subsidize nuclear, solar, and coal power while getting rid of requirements to invest in energy efficiency programs and weakening overall renewable energy policies.

Ohio Has A New Two Year State Budget. Here's What Is In It

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Finally, Ohio has a new two-year operating budget. Gov. Mike DeWine signed it into law this morning.

Some Ohio Planned Parenthoods Are Getting Help To Serve Low-Income Women

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio is tapping into the national organization’s emergency funds to be able to provide birth control and other health care services to low income women. This move allows the organization to comply with a Trump administration order that bans federal dollars from going to clinics that refer clients for abortions.

Lawmakers Reach Budget Deal, Plan Heads To House And Senate For Vote

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

After 17 days of overtime budget negotiations, lawmakers in the Ohio House and Senate have reached a $69 billion two-year spending deal.

Group Calls For Racial, Local Representation In School Takeover Plans

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A national advocacy group is calling on lawmakers to prioritize the specific needs and challenges of students and education leaders of color as possible changes to the school takeover process are considered.

Plans To Change Accessibility Logo In Ohio Have Been Scrapped For Now

Monday, July 15, 2019

Plans to change the logo the state uses on handicap accessible signs have been put on hold. The transportation budget that just went into effect had required ODOT to use a new logo.

Senate Nuclear Subsidies Plan Ends Energy Efficiency Requirements

Monday, July 15, 2019

A new version of the comprehensive energy bill, HB6, was introduced in the Ohio Senate on Monday that would charge residential ratepayers $0.85 a month on their electric bills to bail out the state's two nuclear power plants.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown Blames President Trump For Being Denied Access To Border Facility

Monday, July 15, 2019

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says he was denied access to a Customs and Border Control detention facility that houses children over the weekend. Brown wanted to see the facilities holding children that some other lawmakers have described as cramped and smelly. Brown is telling reporters he blames top administration officials for wanting to keep him from seeing inhumane treatment there.

Still No Budget With Two Days Left Til 17-Day Extension Expires

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Budget talks between leaders of the House and Senate are being described as very positive with solid progress moving forward, but a deadline is coming Wednesday.