The Ohio Senate made the right decision last week when it announced plans to broadcast coming budget deliberations. It balked at the move last session, when the Ohio House opted to stream its Finance Committee hearings over the Ohio Channel (online at www.ohiochannel.org).
Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) offered a glimmer of hope back in January about the possibility of broadcasts. He, Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) made good on the issue during Sunshine Week, announcing a bipartisan agreement to live-stream hearings on the biennial budget bill, which is expected to hit the Senate in coming weeks.
"As we celebrate Sunshine Week, there is no better time than now to roll out this real-time access to state government," Oelslager said in a released statement. Still work to do… Continue>>>