State Representative Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) today introduced a bill to modernize and increase transparency in regards to the state government with a group of programs called DataOhio.

“DataOhio is aimed at increasing government transparency by  making  information easily available to the public,” said Hagan. “We believe that DataOhio will make it easier to quickly and effectively obtain public information. By providing greater, clearer access to government data, we believe that this will help to improve the lives of Ohio citizens and ease burdens for both local and state government.”

The bill would establish the following four programs:

  1. Open      Data – Establishes “open data” formats for public offices in Ohio. These      standards would allow data be to be searched online and accessible to the      public through free software.

  2. Uniform      Charts of Accounting – Asks the State Auditor to publish uniform charts of      account for all public offices, allowing the public offices to choose whether      or not to participate.

  3.      – Creates a portal for Ohio at, which would allow users to      quickly find data.

  4. Local      Government Information Exchange Grants – Would provide $10,000      micro-grants to local governments as part of a pilot program to      standardize their online data publishing across multiple      jurisdictions. 

State Representative Christina Hagan is currently serving her second term in the Ohio House of Representatives. She represents the 50th House District, which includes eastern Stark County.

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