Columbus – Today, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) announced she has drafted legislation to ensure Ohio taxpayers do not have to pay for State Highway Patrol security when Governor Kasich travels outside the state for campaigning or political fundraising. In addition, the bill requires the cost and payment information for the Governor’s security to be considered a public record unless the out-of-state trip is for official state business or personal travel unrelated to campaign activity.

“No one is saying the Governor should not have adequate security to protect himself and his family,” said Senator Tavares.  “But, if he is running for President, Ohio taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for State Troopers to accompany him to New Hampshire and South Carolina when the trips are completely unrelated to his job as Governor.”

Last week the Governor’s office refused to disclose to the Cleveland Plain Dealer who picks up the tab for security when Governor Kasich goes on out-of-state campaign trips.  That is in contrast to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker—another Republican candidate for Governor—who has announced that his fundraising organization will pay the travel costs for his security detail on political trips, according to the Plain Dealer.

“This legislation requires the openness and transparency that Ohioans expect from their Governor and from someone who aspires to hold the nation’s highest office,” said Senator Tavares.

The bill will be formally introduced Monday during non-voting session in the Ohio Senate.

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