State bill offers transparency, sponsor says
A bill he’s introduced will promote transparency in the legislative process, says State Representative Rex Damschroder (R-Fremont).
House Bill 499 would allow the public and media greater access to the legislative committee process by requiring all written testimony given in House and Senate committees to be made public on the Internet within 10 business days.
“HB 499 is all about utilizing technology to make government more transparent,” Damschroder stated. “The testimony that we hear in our committees are public records and there is no reason in this day and age that the general public should not have easy access to these documents. As the legislature promotes better ways to embrace current technology at very little cost for state government across the board, members of the legislature must set the example and HB 499 will accomplish that.”
The bill will be referred to a House committee for consideration in the near future.
In Ottawa County, Toussaint East Road 93 will be closed between Behlman Road and State Route 19 beginning April 2.
The road is scheduled to reopen April 13, weather permitting. No vehicles will be permitted through the area during construction.
For more information call the county engineer’s office: 419 734-6777.
The Ottawa County Board of Elections will meet April 3 at 10 a.m. to conduct a post election audit at the board office, 8444 W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor.
The board met March 26 to conduct the official canvass of the March 6 primary election.
Official results, which include absentee and provisional ballots, show slightly stronger support for three local school issues that passed.
A 4.33-mill renewal levy in the Benton-Carroll-Salem district picked up 10 votes in favor of the levy and 11 votes against it. The official results are: 1,866 for to 912 against.
A 1.6-mill replacement permanent improvement levy in the Genoa district picked up 12 votes supporting the issue and 6 votes opposing it. The official results are: 998 for to 984 against.
The 1.6-mill issue replaces a 1.35-mill issue that has been in effect since 1977. The Genoa school board has agreed to discontinue collection on a 1.8-mill levy that has been in place since 1984, resulting in no additional taxes for property owners.
In the Ottawa County portion of the Woodmore School District, a bond issue to fund the local share of construction costs for a new elementary school picked up 6 supporting votes and 3 votes against: 685 for to 507 against.