President Obhof Announces Ohio Senate Committees for the 132nd General Assembly


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Increased Public Access to Senate

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced expanded broadcast coverage of the Senate’s committee proceedings, giving Ohioans more access to the legislative work happening in the Statehouse and making government more transparent.

The Senate already live broadcasts regular sessions and the Finance committee during the important biennial state budget proceedings, but now up to three additional committees will be broadcast and archived by The Ohio Channel.

COLUMBUS– Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) on Jan. 31 announced the Senate’s committee structure and leadership for the 132nd General Assembly. The Senate President laid the framework for 13 standing committees and four subcommittees of the Finance Committee.

“Our standing committees serve as the engine of the Senate’s legislative process,” said President Obhof. “Every piece of legislation begins with these working groups, where senators study each bill draft, debate the issues and deliberate on input from the public. This is where the Senate’s most diligent policy work happens and where Ohioans have the opportunity to provide direct input to their representatives.”

The committees and leadership are listed below.

Agriculture

Cliff Hite (R-Findlay), Chair

Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction), Vice Chair

Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta), Ranking Member

Energy & Natural Resources

Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville), Chair

Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander), Vice Chair

Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta), Ranking Member

Finance

Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton), Chair

Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) Vice Chair

Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood), Ranking Member

Finance Subcommittee on

General Government & Agency Review

Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander), Chair

Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta), Ranking Member

Finance Subcommittee on Primary & Secondary Education

Cliff Hite (R-Findlay), Chair

Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), Ranking Member

Government Oversight & Reform

Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township), Chair

Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township), Vice Chair

Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights), Ranking Member

Insurance & Financial Institutions

Jay Hottinger (R-Newark), Chair

Bob Hackett (R-London), Vice Chair

Edna Brown (D-Toledo), Ranking Member

Public Utilities

Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City), Chair

Frank LaRose (R-Hudson), Vice Chair

Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland), Ranking Member

Ways & Means

John Eklund (R-Munson Township), Chair

Lou Terhar (R-Green Township), Vice Chair

Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland), Ranking Member

Judiciary

Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park), Chair

Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls), Vice Chair

Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati), Ranking Member

Education

Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering), Chair

Matt Huffman (R-Lima), Vice Chair

Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), Ranking Member

Finance Subcommittee on Health & Medicaid

Bob Hackett (R-London), Chair

Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus), Ranking Member

Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education

Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green), Chair

Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland), Ranking Member

Health, Human Services & Medicaid

Dave Burke (R-Marysville), Chair

Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City), Vice Chair

Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus), Ranking Member

Rules & Reference

Larry Obhof (R-Medina), Chair

Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House), Vice Chair

Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), Ranking Member

Transportation, Commerce & Workforce

Frank LaRose (R-Hudson), Chair

Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard), Vice Chair

Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus), Ranking Member

Local Government, Public Safety & Veterans Affairs

Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township), Chair

Steve Wilson (R-Maineville), Vice Chair

Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati), Ranking Member

Jordan to Lead Senate Finance Sub Committee on

General Government Oversight and Agency Review

COLUMBUS—Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) appointed Senator Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander) as Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on General Government and Agency Review for the 132nd Ohio General Assembly

“I look forward to working alongside my colleagues as we continue our efforts to improve efficiency in government,” said Jordan. “It’s an honor to be appointed as chairman of this committee as we build on our efforts to eliminate bureaucracy and ensure the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars.”

The Senate Finance Sub Committee on General Government and Agency Review is charged with evaluating the usefulness, performance and effectiveness of various state government entities as the full Senate Finance Committee establishes funding priorities for the state’s biennial operating budget.

During the 131st Ohio General Assembly, Senator Jordan joined former Ohio Senate President Keith Faber in sponsoring legislation to establish a process by which all state agencies must be re-authorized every four years.

Later vetoed by Governor Kasich, the bill would have required that each cabinet-level department must make the case for its existence before the legislature by proving that they are operating as intended, acting within established boundaries, seeking efficiencies wherever possible and creating opportunities for Ohioans.

Senator Jordan’s appointment to the Finance Sub Committee on General Government and Agency Review follows the governor’s charge written in his veto message for Senate Bill 329, emphasizing the state budgeting process as the most effective platform for reviewing the effectiveness of state agencies.

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Staff Reports

Increased Public Access to Senate

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced expanded broadcast coverage of the Senate’s committee proceedings, giving Ohioans more access to the legislative work happening in the Statehouse and making government more transparent.

The Senate already live broadcasts regular sessions and the Finance committee during the important biennial state budget proceedings, but now up to three additional committees will be broadcast and archived by The Ohio Channel.