Transparency and accountability are qualities that citizens should expect from their government. In an era of increasing access to information, it is important that our state government is open about how it spends Ohioans’ tax dollars. I am proud to have recently introduced legislation in the Ohio House with my colleague Representative Mike Dovilla that would increase government transparency and allow Ohioans to keep tabs on how the state government is spending their money.

House Bill 46 would require the Ohio Treasurer of State to establish the Ohio State Government Expenditure Database. This online, searchable database would include information about expenditures made by state entities during each fiscal year. These state entities, such as the General Assembly, the Ohio Supreme Court, statewide elected offices, and executive departments, would provide monthly expenditure data to the Treasurer of State. Monthly updates will ensure that Ohioans have the most current information possible regarding their government’s spending.

The information on this database will be provided to the public free of charge, in an organized and easily-accessible manner. In the interest of transparency, it is not enough for this information to be available. It must also be easily searchable, with the ability to sort and filter the data into relevant categories.

As your state representative, I take my responsibility to look after your tax dollars very seriously. HB 46 will provide Ohioans with the opportunity to learn more about their state government and how it spends their money. The bill has been voted out of the House State Government committee and I expect the full House to vote on it soon.

If you have any input or questions on HB 46, or any other state government related issue, I encourage you to attend my district office hours next month: 

Monday, April 6th
10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.
Blue Ash Library (4911 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242) 

Monday, April 6th
1:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M.
Forest Park Library (655 Waycross Road, Cincinnati, OH 45240)

If you are unable to attend my office hours, please do not hesitate to contact my office with suggestions of how I can better serve as your state representative. By working together, we can make Ohio a better place to live, work, and raise a family. I look forward to hearing from you.

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