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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.

Yost Pitches Constitutional Amendment To Protect Opioid Settlement Money

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Ohio Attorney General's office has crafted a proposal that would put guardrails around potential opioid lawsuit settlement money to make sure the funds are used specifically for the opioid epidemic.

Ohio Is Watching More Than A Hundred Dams In Poor Condition

Friday, December 6, 2019

Just over a year ago, the $100 million project to repair the crumbling earthen dam at Buckeye Lake was finished two years early . But the state is looking at dozens of the 1420 dams in Ohio that could be failing.

DeWine Suggests He's Open To Changing Grades For Ohio's School Report Cards

Friday, December 6, 2019

A study by lawmakers of the state’s often-criticized school report cards is due on December 15. And Gov. Mike DeWine is signaling that he’d be ok with lawmakers once again making changes to that system.

GM To Open New Battery Manufacturing Plant In Lordstown

Thursday, December 5, 2019

General Motors announced a joint venture with LG Chem, a subsidiary of LG Corporation, to create a new manufacturing plant in Lordstown to build high-performing batteries for its fleet of electric vehicles.

Bill Would Provide Greater Savings For Low-Income Homeowners In Ohio

Thursday, December 5, 2019

About 800,000 Ohioans take advantage of the homestead exemption credit that reduces their property tax burden. Now, a bill has been introduced that would reduce it even further for low-income and disabled veterans.

Bill Seeks To Make Ohio Restrooms More Accessible

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

An Ohio lawmaker is calling on the state to require more places to have adult changing tables in restrooms.

Governor Says Banning Local Plastic Bag Bans "Would Be A Mistake"

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

State lawmakers are considering a pair of Republican-backed bills that would toss out current and future bans on single-use plastic bags passed by local governments.

Trump Administration Rule On Food Stamps Changes Eligibility For Many Ohioans

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The White House is going forward with a rule that will make it harder for Ohioans in low-income counties to get food stamp benefits. The rule eliminates the ability for states to request waivers on work requirements for counties with high unemployment rates.

Ohio's Secretary Of State Says 354 Non-Citizens Have Voted Or Registered To Vote

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Ohio’s Secretary of State says 354 people who are not U.S. citizens registered to vote or actually cast ballots in 2018. And those people could potentially face charges.

Ohio Bill Prescribes Rules For Mobile Dental Units

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Some Ohioans, especially in rural or low-income areas, have been able to get basic dental care in mobile units. But the state doesn't regulate those. A new bill that would change that.

Opponents Urge Lawmakers To Toss Out Ban On Plastic Bag Bans

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

State senators considering one of two bills to ban local bans on plastic bags heard from around 40 opponents, who either came to a committee hearing or sent in written testimony.

DeWine Creates Process To Expedite Pardons For Some Former Offenders

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Gov. Mike DeWine says he wants to make it easier and quicker for people who have long-ago criminal convictions to be considered for pardons.

Local Boards Of Elections Focus On Security

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Ohio’s Secretary of State says a recent attempt by a computer in Panama to insert code into his office’s website was unsuccessful. But state leaders say this incident underscores why a comprehensive election security plan must be put in place soon.

Opponents Line Up Against Bill Targeting Wind Farms

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The wind energy industry is pushing back against a bill, HB401 , that would allow local townships to put proposed wind farms up to a vote. Experts argue that it would repress wind energy development in the state.

Lawmakers Want To Trim Training For Cosmetologists, Barbers

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

A bill in the Statehouse, HB399 , would cut the amount of instruction hours needed to become a professional cosmetologist or barber in Ohio, once again reigniting the debate over licensing requirements.

Controversial Bill On Sex Education Being Considered By Ohio Senate

Monday, December 2, 2019

Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow the state's education department to set health and sex education standards for K-12 schools. But it is meeting opposition from conservative groups.

Lawmakers Consider Hiking Penalties For Drivers Passing School Buses

Monday, December 2, 2019

State lawmakers are looking at a bill that would hike the penalties for passing a school bus as it’s picking up or dropping off kids.

Secretary of State's Office Staves Off Attempted Hack On Election Day

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s spokesperson says there was what they call an "unsophisticated and unsuccessful" attempt to insert code to the office's website on election day earlier this month.

DeWine Accelerates Virtual Driving Program In Ohio

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Gov. Mike DeWine says part of the state's effort to keep young people safe must involve improving teenage driving. That's why Ohio is rolling out a new program that can give new drivers more practical training before they even get behind the wheel through a virtual driving assessment.

ODOT Pauses Roadwork Around The State For Thanksgiving Travel

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Travel officials are predicting this to be one of the busiest Thanksgiving weekends on the roads, so the Ohio Department of Transportation will be suspending many construction projects.