Columbus - 
State Senator Dave Burke (R- Marysville) and State Representative Rex Damschroder (R- Fremont) announced today they have introduced legislation that would authorize joint boards of county commissioners to conduct proceedings on existing improvement projects and other routine business via teleconference or video conference. "Our legislation will allow joint boards of county commissioners to operate more efficiently when conducting routine business and will bring such proceedings into the 21st century through the incorporation of modern communication technologies," Burke said. "In addition, the public will have additional opportunities to express their views and opinions with their county leaders and be more involved in their local government if these procedural changes are enacted." Burke and Damschroder sponsored the bills after Seneca County Commissioners expressed a desire to have the ability to conduct these meetings more efficiently and with greater public input. "I have spoken with the Commissioners about this change, as well as constituents in Seneca County who recognize that this is a common sense approach to conduct such meetings and will help save money," said Representative Damschroder. "The Commissioners are pleased to be working with Senator Burke and Representative Damschroder to enact this measure making our county operations run in a more cost-effective manner," said Seneca County Commissioner Jeff Wagner. "Additionally, these bills will continue to allow the public to participate in these hearings." Senate Bill 207 and House Bill 308 will now be assigned to committees for further review.
For more information, please contact Kinsey Jolliff in Senator Burke's office at (614) 466-8049 or Todd Thatcher in Representative Damschroder's office at (614) 466-1374.
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