Ohio Democrats seek disclosure, access changes
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 06:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio House Democrats are advocating a package of proposals they say would make state government more accessible and accountable.

The minority lawmakers on Tuesday called Ohio's government dysfunctional. They noted the state fell well below the national average on the Better Government Association's "integrity index" and got a nearly-failing grade in the Georgia Public Interest Research Group's review of spending transparency.

Democrats proposed expanding disclosure and reporting requirements for the private nonprofit job-creation office JobsOhio and the state tax-credit authority. They'd also revise Ohio's redistricting process, require legislative committees to be broadcast, and make the state watchdog independent.

Republican House Speaker William Batchelder's spokesman calls the effort hypocritical. He says Batchelder was the first to broadcast state budget hearings, something Democrats never tried when they controlled the chamber.

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