Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today applauded the passage of a resolution that updates and streamlines current House rules for the 131st General Assembly.


Changes include providing for more transparency with Rule 66, which requires the Rules and Reference committee to set the House Calendar for session no later than 24 hours before session is scheduled to begin. Additionally, updated rules allow electronic devices to be used on the floor, but only to be utilized for legislative business. Another change requires discharge petitions be kept and signed in the House Clerk's office, in order to streamline the signature process.


“The process of updating the House rules for this General Assembly included the input from House members on both sides of the aisle,” Speaker Rosenberger said. “It’s been my goal from the beginning to encourage a more open government and a more streamlined and modern governmental process, and I’m looking forward to witnessing how these rules will work to ensure that.”


“I want to thank the Speaker for engaging in a constructive and open conversation throughout this entire process,” said Representative Barbara Sears (R-Monclova Township), who introduced the resolution. “With these updates, we are able to continue the commitment to transparency set forth by the House.”


The resolution passed with bipartisan support.

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