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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.

Lawmaker Wants Businesses To Fully Reopen Once Orders Are Lifted

Friday, May 14, 2021

Ohio is moving towards lifting nearly every health order related to the pandemic in the next three weeks. Business groups and state leaders say what happens next will have a big impact on the economy.

Ohioans Are About To Discover Life After Working From Home - The New Normal

Friday, May 14, 2021

As summer approaches and more Ohioans are getting vaccinated, many businesses are thinking about what the new normal will look like post-pandemic. Certainly not everyone can work from home. A poll from Morning Consult last month showed two-thirds of employees who can want to return to the office as soon as possible. But that same poll showed 84 percent enjoyed working remotely.

Here's How Ohio’s $1M Vaccine Lottery Will Work

Friday, May 14, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is releasing more details behind the sweepstakes created to encourage Ohioans to get the COVID-19 vaccine. While legislators from both sides of the aisles are criticizing DeWine’s plan to use federal relief dollars for the million-dollar prizes.

Ohio's New Sports Gaming Bill Already Undergoing Some Changes

Thursday, May 13, 2021

The bill to legalize sports gambling in Ohio is not even a week old. And it was changed even before its first hearing on Wednesday.

Ohio To Stop $300 Weekly Federal Unemployment Assistance Program

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) has announced the state will cut off the additional $300 in weekly federal assistance going to unemployed workers, starting in late June. DeWine says this is another step in restoring the market while others call it a mistake.

DeWine Sets End Date For Health Orders, Announces $1M Drawings

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) said in a statewide address Wednesday that the state will lift most of its health orders, including the mask mandate, in the next three weeks. He also announced a series of $1 million drawings and other incentives for people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Consumers' Counsel Wants HB6 Coal Plant Subsidies Repealed

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The state's consumer watchdog is calling for the repeal of coal plant subsidies, which were approved in the controversial nuclear bailout, HB6. A bill now at the center of an alleged bribery scheme. The Ohio Consumers' Counsel office says the coal plant subsidies mean ratepayers are bearing the cost of inefficient plants.

UPDATE - Portman Says Too Many Ohioans Are Not Working Because Of Generous Federal Unemployment Pay

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Yesterday, in a phone call with reporters, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman suggested Ohio reject the extra $300 a week that is being given to unemployed Ohioans. This is a follow-up question and answer during that call that provides more insight on his comments .

Ohio's School Funding Overhaul Could Be More Expensive Than Estimated

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The school funding formula that’s in the latest version of the two-year state budget now being considered by the Ohio Senate will likely cost more than expected. The formula passed by the House last month seeks to calculate state aid based on 60% property values and 40% income in each school district.

DeWine Signs Law To Provide Housing Assistance To Low-Income Ohioans Hurt By Pandemic

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Governor Mike DeWine has signed into law a $465 million bill meant to help lower-income Ohioans pay for rent and mortgages.

Portman Says Too Many Ohioans Are Not Working Because Of Generous Federal Unemployment Pay

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator is urging the state to stop providing the $300 weekly federal checks to unemployed Ohioans, which will stop coming September 6 unless another COVID relief package extends them.

Ohio House Leader: Householder Should Stay While Court Case Plays Out

Monday, May 10, 2021

Former Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) remains in the House as he awaits trial on federal bribery charges related to the 2019 passage of House Bill 6, the sweeping energy law .

State Energy Regulator Seeking Audit Of OVEC Coal Plants

Monday, May 10, 2021

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is seeking an independent company to conduct an audit of two coal plants owned by the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation, or OVEC. The plants receive hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies from Ohio ratepayers.

Ohio Congressman Is Censured By Ohio Republican Party

Friday, May 7, 2021

Ohio Congressman Anthony Gonzalez has been censured by the Ohio Republican Party’s State Central Committee in two separate resolutions. And the effect that will have on his political future is unclear.

Bills To Repeal More Portions Of HB6 To Get Senate Hearings

Friday, May 7, 2021

Ohio lawmakers are going bit-by-bit in their attempt to repeal HB6, a controversial energy law. While the nuclear power plant bailout portion of the bill has already been eliminated, legislators are targeting other portions of the measure.

Ohio Republicans Propose Universal K-12 Voucher Program

Thursday, May 6, 2021

All Ohio students could be eligible for vouchers to go to any private school in the state under a bill being proposed by House Republicans.

Sales Taxes Up, Overall Ohio Revenues Are Down - But That Could Flip Next Month

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Ohio’s sales tax revenues were up for the last month, but income tax collections were way down.

Ohio Republicans Propose Bill With Voting Law Changes, Restrictions

Thursday, May 6, 2021

A bill that would put changes and restrictions on Ohio laws related to early voting, ballot drop boxes and other election laws has finally been introduced , after weeks of speculation.

Ohio COVID-19 Case Rate Drops To Lowest Since October

Thursday, May 6, 2021

The state's COVID-19 case ratio has dropped for the third consecutive week, down to the lowest rate the state has seen in six months.

Senate Sports Betting Bill Gives Authority To Casino Regulators

Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Ohio Senate has released its latest attempt to legalize sports betting in the state with a proposal that creates two types of licenses, both regulated by the Ohio Casino Control Commission.