State Rep. Mark Romanchuk (R-Mansfield) today introduced legislation aimed at improving Ohio’s workforce development system by reducing confusion as Ohio workers try to find new jobs.

House Bill 1, which is being joint-sponsored with Rep. Tim Derickson (R-Hanover Twp.), would rebrand the state’s patchwork of workforce centers—known as One-Stops—to ensure consistency and connect the centers directly with, a website designed for citizens to search online for job openings within the state.

Under the bill, a workforce center in Richland County, for instance, would be known as “Ohio Means Jobs Richland County.” The legislation would also require workforce investment boards to use Ohio Means Jobs as the only job-matching tool by July 2013—reducing duplication of job postings.

“This bill is one of many steps to better streamline how Ohio develops its workforce,” Rep. Romanchuk said. “Drawing everyone to Ohio Means Jobs will make it easier for our citizens to find work and our employers to attract the workers they need.”

The bill would also provide flexibility to the governor’s Executive Workforce Board in regard to how many members are needed to conduct business.

Rep. Romanchuk was recently named vice chairman of the House Manufacturing and Workforce Development Committee.

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