COLUMBUS – State Representative Mark Fraizer (R-Newark) today supported Senate Bill 1, a bill that would provide legislative oversight over the Ohio Department of Health’s ability to order pandemic directives.
The bill passed the House with a vote of 58-37 and would restrict any orders issued by the Ohio Department of Health to 14 days. Orders seeking to extend beyond that time would need approval from the existing legislative Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR).
JCARR is a committee consisting of five members from each legislative body. According to the committee’s website, the committee’s primary function is to review proposed new, amended, and rescinded rules for Ohio agencies to ensure they do not exceed their rule-making authority granted to them by the General Assembly. Under Senate Bill 1, three of five members on JCARR from each chamber must support an order made by the Ohio Department of Health, if the order exceeds the length of 14 days.
“This bill is instrumental in providing checks and balances for Ohio,” said Fraizer. “No existing health directive will be rescinded, however, this shows a clear message that there must be legislative oversight and due process for the citizens of Ohio. The health director will continue to have the ability to react to pandemics, health crises or other immediate needs, but for extended orders, will require legislative approval.”
Other provisions in the bill include requiring certain agencies to reduce the number of regulatory restrictions in their administrative rules and improve the overall functionality of state agencies.
For more information, contact Rep. Fraizer’s office at (614) 466-1482 or email@example.com