Rep. Hambley Approves Bill Aimed At Increasing Government Efficiency And Accountability
HB 5 gives Auditor authority to conduct case studies in public offices
 
 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick) today voted for legislation aimed at increasing efficiency and saving taxpayer dollars in local governments and state agencies.


Substitute House Bill 5 contains two primary components that focus on using tax money more responsibly and efficiently. First, it gives state agencies and local government offices the ability to request that the Auditor of State conduct a case study between two offices, with the goal of improving efficiency.


In conducting the case studies, the Auditor would be authorized to provide a grant to local governments to cover the cost of the study through the LEAP (Leverage for Efficiency, Accountability and Performance) Fund. The Auditor would be required to consult local entities before the study is conducted and, following the conclusion of the study, to hold a public hearing to announce the findings.


The legislation also authorizes the Auditor’s Office to establish a Shared Equipment Service Agreement Program, such as the ShareOhio Portal, in which state agencies and political subdivisions can enter into agreements to share heavy equipment like tractors, bulldozers, and backhoes.  The ShareOhio Portal is an active website and many of these agreements already exist, however the legislation clarifies that, in agreed-upon contracts under the program, the recipient agency or subdivision assumes liability in a civil action for damages.


“Several years ago, as a county commissioner, our board had worked with the three cities,  four townships and the County Sanitary Engineers Office to create a Shared Equipment Inventory that provided a low-tech list of equipment available for loan or rent between jurisdictions,” said Steve Hambley. “This legislation makes it far easier to locate needed heavy equipment for sharing between local jurisdictions, while also clarifying liability issues that impeded these kinds of arrangements in the past. This is one of the reasons that I co-sponsored and supported this bill in committee.”

 
 
 
  
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