Skip to main content
State Seal State Seal State Seal
Home Button Home Button Home Button

Rep. Stephens, Ohio House Pass Bill to Improve Local Government Transparency

June 9, 2020
Jason Stephens News

Press Release Poster

COLUMBUS – State Representative Jason Stephens (R-Kitts Hill) today announced the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 450, legislation that creates a layer of protection for outgoing and incoming local government fiscal officers while providing more transparency to local government actions to the taxpayer.

House Bill 450 creates a Certificate of Transition, which will provide local government fiscal officers with a checklist to ensure a smooth exchange of information between outgoing and incoming fiscal officers.

“It has been the greatest privilege of mine to serve as a public official, both as a County Auditor and as a State Representative. However, we can’t look past the duties and responsibilities that we hold while serving in these positions, including the responsibility to be ever-transparent in our work,” said Stephens.

Through establishing the Certificate of Transition, House Bill 450 establishes a clear, auditable trail to protect both outgoing and incoming fiscal officers, including County Auditors, County Treasurers, Township Fiscal Officers and School Treasurers.

The above listed fiscal officers will have a voice in determining the prescribed checklist needed to complete the Certificate of Transition.

“It is my goal for House Bill 450 to establish a system to protect the reputations of good fiscal officers while improving the transparency to the local taxpayer,” Stephens concluded.

House Bill 450 passed unanimously with a vote of 91-0 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.


For more information, contact Rep. Stephens’ office at 614-466-1366 or