COLUMBUS—State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) joined Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) this week in announcing the expanded televised coverage of the Senate's Transportation, Commerce and Workforce committee. In addition to the Finance Committee already being televised, the Education Committee as well as the Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee will also be televised by The Ohio Channel, beginning next week.

"Transportation issues touch the lives of all Ohioans, which is why I am thrilled to announce this enhanced access and transparency," said LaRose. "I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to craft a transportation budget that invests in Ohio's diverse transportation infrastructure to enhance prosperity and improve safety for Ohio’s families, and now as we recognize Sunshine Week, we are making it easier for Ohioans to participate in the process.”

This announcement comes during "Sunshine Week," an initiative to educate the public about the importance of open government and their right to access information. Committee coverage will be provided by The Ohio Channel, a service of Ohio's public broadcasting stations, which provides coverage of the Senate's full legislative sessions, also streamed on OhioSenate.gov
 
“Open, accountable government is a priority for the Senate,” said President Obhof. “Technology gives us the opportunity to increase transparency and participation by bringing the legislative process to Ohioans wherever they are, and we look forward to using it to provide our constituents with greater access.”

Next week's coverage of the Transportation Committee will include deliberations on the important state transportation budget, which funds Ohio's roads, highways, bridges and other infrastructure and brings thousands of jobs to the state. For a full listing of the committee's meetings and times, click here.
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