State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Allen County) has 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.
“It is important that all levels of government use taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars in the most efficient manner. House Bill 5 would assist in this important goal,” said Rep. Cupp.
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.
Cupp is serving his first term as state representative but was a member of the Ohio Senate from 1985 to 2000, and served as Senate President Pro Tempore from 1997 to 2000. A former Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, he has the distinction of being the only former judge currently serving in the state legislature. Cupp has also served as Lima City Prosecutor and Allen County Commissioner, and is a lifelong Allen County resident. He represents the 4th Ohio House District, which includes all of Allen County.