COLUMBUS—State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) today announced passage of legislation requiring the Ohio Treasurer of State to create and maintain the Ohio State Government Expenditure Database, improving government transparency and accessibility for Ohioans. House Bill 40, sponsored by Reps. Jonathan Dever (R-Madeira) and Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake), essentially makes permanent the database that was created by current Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, ensuring future state treasurers will continue to offer Ohioans access to state expenditure information, free of charge.


The bill requires that the database be open to the public and comprised of information about state entities’ expenditures, which would be reported by each entity at least monthly (regarding the preceding month) through the Ohio Administrative Knowledge System (OAKS).


“This legislation makes sure this database remains available to the public and encourages transparency and accountability, which I believe is very important,” said Rep. Romanchuk.


The database will include information such as state and school district employee salary and employment information, and will supply graphs and charts summarizing the available data. The bill prohibits information that is confidential or not a public record from being included in the database.


Having passed out of the House with bipartisan support, House Bill 40 now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.


 

 
 
 
  
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