COLUMBUS - This week, Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof appointed State Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima) to the Senate's influential Standing Committee on Rules and Reference. 

"I am honored to have been selected to serve on this critically important committee," said Huffman. "As a member, I will continue to push for a common sense policy agenda that will create new opportunities for Ohio families."

The Rules and Reference Committee plays a key role in setting the legislative agenda for the Ohio Senate. The committee is tasked with assigning legislation to the Senate's various subject matter committees. Once a bill is favorably reported by a subject matter committee, the Rules and Reference Committee then determines if and when the bill is brought up for consideration by the full Senate.

"I value the input of each member of the Senate's Rules and Reference Committee as we work to ensure that every issue brought before us receives the most thoughtful consideration possible," said President Obhof, who will chair the committee.  

Members of the Ohio Senate Majority Caucus appointed to the Senate Standing Committee on Rules and Reference today include:

Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina), Chair
Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House), Vice Chair
Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green)
Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville)
Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton)
Senator Dave Burke (R-Marysville)
Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township)
Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township)
Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay)
Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima)

This week, the Senate also announced a new plan to expand televised coverage of Senate standing committees. The Ohio Channel, a service of Ohio’s public broadcasting stations, currently provides coverage of the Senate’s full legislative sessions in addition to meetings of the Senate Finance Committee, which presides over the hearing process for the biennial state budget. 

The new plan will allow for coverage of up to three additional standing committees as determined by the Senate President.

“I applaud this effort which uses technology to increase government transparency and provide easier access to Ohio's legislative process," said Huffman. 

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