COLUMBUS—Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced today a 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.
“This is the people’s house,” said President Obhof.  “Technology gives us the opportunity to increase transparency and participation by bringing the legislative process to Ohioans wherever they are. We look forward to using it to provide our constituents with greater access.”
Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) added, “Televising more committees will be a tremendous public service for the citizens of Ohio – many of whom are unable to travel to the Statehouse because of other commitments. I strongly support open government and look forward to the further expansion of public access to the legislative process.”
In addition to the televised broadcasts, all legislative and Supreme Court sessions are streamed live over the Internet as well as archived digitally, providing every Ohio resident the opportunity to witness, first hand, their government in action.

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