COLUMBUS—The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 705, legislation that protects treasurers of school districts and educational service centers from liability for the loss of public funds if the treasurer performed official duties without negligence or wrongdoing.

The way Ohio law is currently interpreted, the personal assets of treasurers can be at risk when inaccurate or incomplete information is supplied and unlawful payments made. Therefore, HB 705 puts in place guardrails that protect school treasurers from financial liability and from losing their professional credentials under circumstances that occur that are outside the treasurer’s control.

“House Bill 705 is common-sense legislation that will ensure that accurate payments are made for teacher services, and that school treasurers will not have their personal assets held liable for someone else’s mistake,” said Rep. Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick), who joint-sponsored the bill with Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati).

House Bill 705 requires teachers to file reports and valid educator licenses with the district or service center’s superintendent prior to receiving payment for services. It also requires superintendents to provide a written statement to the school treasurer confirming receipt of the required reports and educator licenses.

House Bill 705 now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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