COLUMBUS—Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced today that expanded televised coverage of Senate standing committees will begin next week. In addition to the Finance Committee already being televised, the following committees will be part of the live coverage: Education; Transportation, Commerce and Workforce; and Health, Human Services and Medicaid. The Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee will replace the Transportation Committee in the broadcast schedule at the conclusion of the biennial budget process in June.  

Today's 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
“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 committee meetings and times, click here.

The Senate also championed access to public records last year, as Senate Bill 321 created an expedited process for individuals whose public record requests have been denied by a public office at the state or local levels. Ohioans can now file a complaint with the Court of Claims that will begin with a mediation process designed to resolve the dispute over access to the requested public records. 

According to The Columbus Dispatch, the court has accepted nearly three dozen appeals since the bill's effective date almost six months ago. Ten cases have been settled as part of the first-step mediation process, with those denied records winning them in nine cases. 

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