Ohio House Passes Bill Eliminating Government Waste By Abolishing Defunct Boards And Commissions
HB 31 ends council legally obligated meet despite having no work to complete
March 13, 2017
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COLUMBUS—State Representative Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) recently announced that the Ohio House passed House Bill 31, which eliminates from Ohio statute 10 government boards that are obsolete or nonoperational, including the Government Contracting Advisory Council.

The Government Contracting Advisory Council was created in 2005 and charged with reviewing the rules of financial accountability for companies contracting with a state agency. However, no rules holding contractors financial accountable have been adopted for the council to consider, rendering the committee unnecessary, yet they legally must still hold a meeting every two years.

“As a CPA, I have seen the benefit of having efficiency and accountability in businesses,” said Scherer. “Being able to abolish defunct boards and commissions in government is something that I believe all Ohioans can applaud.”

Additionally, the bill, sponsored by State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Lima), reinstates the RECLAIM Advisory Committee, which expired December 31, 2016 after incidentally being omitted from the Sunset Review Committee’s list for renewal. The committee remains in operation, and its renewal or sunset was not considered during the Sunset Review Committee's review process due to administrative oversight.

Other boards and commissions listed in legislation for elimination because they no longer exist include: Adult Protective Services Funding Workgroup; Health Services Price Disclosure Study Committee; Maritime Port Funding Study Committee; Nursing Facility Behavioral Health Advisory Workgroup; Workgroup to Help Individuals to Cease Relying on Public Assistance.

House Bill 31 now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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