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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. To this day, 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 eTech Ohio, and is managed by ideastream.

The reporters at the Bureau follow the concerns of the citizens and voters of Ohio, as well as the actions of the Governor, the Ohio General Assembly, the Ohio Supreme Court, and other elected officials. We strive to cover statehouse news, government issues, Ohio politics, and concerns of business, culture and the arts with balance and fairness, and work to present diverse voices and points of view from the Statehouse and throughout Ohio.

The three award-winning journalists at the bureau have more than 60 combined years of radio and television experience. They can be heard on National Public Radio and are regular contributors to Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Marketplace.

Every weekday, the Statehouse News Bureau produces in-depth news reports for Ohio's public radio stations. Those stories are also available on this website, either on the front page or in our archives. Weekly, the Statehouse News Bureau produces a television show from our studios in the Statehouse. The State of Ohio is an unique blend of news, interviews, talk and analysis, and is broadcast on Ohio's public television stations.

The Statehouse News Bureau also produces special programming throughout the year, including the Governor's annual State of the State address to the Ohio General Assembly and a five-part year-end review.

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Statewide News
4:28 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Elections Reform Referendum Still Alive

The group that wants to put the recently passed elections reform law on the statewide ballot will make another attempt to get petition language certified.

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Statehouse News
5:00 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Quinnipiac Poll on Voter Photo ID Requirement

A new poll shows voters think it's ok to require Ohioans to show a photo ID when casting ballots.

In the latest Quinnipiac University poll, 93 percent of republicans, 77 percent of independents and 66 percent of Democrats said they'd support a law that requires voters to show photo id to vote. However, some lawmakers, including Ohio's Secretary of State Jon Husted, who support the bill don't like the way it was written and question its constitutionality.

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Health
2:49 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Teen Drivers Might be Required to Learn CPR

Teen drivers may soon have to prove that not only can they parallel park and obey road signs, but that they have basic first aid skills. A bill proposed by Rep. Cheryl Grossman, a Republican of Grove City, would require 16- and 17-year-olds to get certification in CPR and first aid to get their drivers' licenses. Grossman says her research has shown many teens don't know first-aid basics, and she's rather kids learn through a voluntary effort rather than a mandatory class.

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Education
8:17 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Governor Kasich's Thoughts on Teacher Standards and Merit Pay

Governor John Kasich says Ohio must develop standards for teachers and use merit pay as a way to reward teachers who are doing good things. But he says he would really like those policies to come from teachers and education leaders.

"This is not some sort of a political fig leaf or some sort of contrived political operation. We want our teachers to be evaluated. We want it to be fair. We want it to be peer to peer. As far as I'm concerned, I can keep my hands off this thing as long as they deliver a good report. Now I've got a few tweaks here. I am the Governor," says Kasich

Statewide News
1:08 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

Deal Reached Between Governor and Rock Ohio Ceasars

Ohio will get an additional $110-million thanks to a deal reached between Governor John Kasich and casino operator Rock Ohio Caesars. In exchange ROC will only pay Ohio's commercial activity tax on what people wager, minus winnings. Rock CEO Dan Gilbert calls the deal fair and reliable.

Gilbert says the size and scope of the Cincinnati casino isn't changing. He expects to open in spring 2013. Governor Kasich says Ohio needed a comprehensive gaming plan.

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