COLUMBUS – State Representative Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander) today gave sponsor testimony on a new bill that will work to improve government accountability during the reopening and continuation of businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jordan’s legislation creates 12 State and Local Government Accountability Appeals Boards to ensure that issues that arise with the reopening and continuation of businesses are heard and solved expeditiously. The issues include, but are not limited to, those relating to state health guidelines, state and local government business requirements, regulations and permitting processes.
“Businesses need the chance to have their voices heard when it comes to decisions that affect the future of their company. Small businesses deserve to be a part of the bigger, decision-making conversations that are happening behind the government’s closed doors. This appeals board process gives businesses the platform to have their voices heard and be a part of those bigger conversations,” said Jordan.
The State and Local Government Accountability Appeals Boards are constructed to receive, investigate and render formal determinations regarding businesses and state and local government entities.
The 12 appeals boards will be divided across the state based in the same regions of the Ohio District Court of Appeals. The boards will consist of five members: three members appointed by the Governor, one appointed by the Speaker of the House and one appointed by the Senate President.
All meetings will be accessible to the public to ensure transparency.
For more information, please contact Rep. Jordan’s office at Rep67@ohiohouse.gov or (614)644-6711