Lawmakers Adding More Disclosure to JobsOhio Bill

The Ohio governor's planned nonprofit development office would have to report travel expenses paid for by corporations under changes to the JobsOhio bill being discussed in the state Senate.

Lawmakers sponsoring the measure told a Senate committee Tuesday they are working to make the semi-private entity more transparent, including requiring public notices for the four public meetings of the JobsOhio board. Its minutes would also be disclosed.

A story from the AP says, those changes are not spelled out in the legislation the House passed last week.

The bill has drawn heat from mostly Democratic lawmakers who say it would keep taxpayers in the dark as the board negotiates with businesses to attract employers to Ohio and retain jobs.

The legislation sets up a framework for JobsOhio, a private-public partnership that would lead the state's economic development efforts. JobsOhio would be overseen by a nine-member board that includes Republican Gov. John Kasich as its chair. The bill directs the Department of Development's interim director, Mark Kvamme, to review the duties that his state agency currently performs and what could be transferred to JobsOhio.

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