State Representative Christina Hagan (R-Alliance) gave sponsor testimony on House Bill 10 in the committee on State and Local Government. She first introduced the bill at the beginning of the 130th General Assembly, in January of last year.

The legislation encompasses a wide range of procedures and requirements concerning the accountability of fiscal officers of townships and municipal corporations. The following provisions are stipulated by the bill:

  • Creates a uniform removal procedure of such officers based in precedence

  • Establishes a procedure to remediate unauditability

  • Requires county auditors and treasurers to perform their duties every 30 days

  • Establishes initial training programs and prescribes continuing educational requirements

  • Terminates funding to unauditable public schools that fail to progress toward an auditable condition

The comprehensive bill also saw the support of State Auditor Dave Yost. Yost attended the committee hearing and spoke as a proponent of the bill. The State Auditor said, “Protecting tax dollars is the government’s responsibility. The Fiscal Integrity Act is designed to stop a bad fiscal officer with a loaded checkbook."

Representative Hagan has been a leader in the effort to improve government accountability and promote a better business climate and economic environment throughout the state. House Bill 10 seeks to do both.

The bill will see further hearings in State and Local Government before a vote out of the committee.

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