The Senate Finance Committee, chaired by State Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton), announced this week that the Ohio Channel will now provide live broadcasting of the Senate Finance Committee's hearings.

Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) and Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) released a bi-partisan agreement, signed by all four leaders of the legislative caucuses, to broadcast the Senate Finance Committee's hearings on the Ohio Channel, a service of Ohio’s public broadcasting stations. The live streaming will allow Ohioans all across the state to participate in the legislative process by viewing finance hearings online.

This announcement coincides with National Sunshine Week, a week for raising national awareness for open government and freedom of information, is March 15-21.

“As we celebrate Sunshine Week, there is no better time than now to roll out this real-time access to state government.  This development is open government at its best. Bringing information directly to citizens and maintaining videos for historical posterity is a win-win,” Oelslager said. 

Senators Faber, Schiavoni and Oelslager credited the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association and the Ohio Channel for all their hard work on behalf of the Statehouse press corps to encourage adoption of the broadcasting policy and to implement the new programming.

“As the sponsor of public records legislation in House Bill 9 during the 126th General Assembly, I am excited to be a part of this transition to additional transparency and providing another outlet for citizens to be involved in the state government process," said Oelslager.

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