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Legislator for a Day Reading Contest

Source: News Sun State Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) announced on Wednesday a renewed partnership with the Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) and four city school districts for his “Legislator for a Day” reading program. The contest, which begins on Monday, Feb. 16, continues Rep. Dovilla’s strong support of public libraries and public education. Children in […]

Republican plan would increase accountability for charter schools

Source: Columbus Dispatch Author: Catherine Candisky & Jim Siegel Majority Republicans in the General Assembly pledged on Wednesday to change Ohio charter-school law to make the privately operated, tax-funded schools more transparent and accountable. Gov. John Kasich also is expected to address what charter-school supporters and critics alike say is lax state oversight in the […]

State legislators sworn into leadership positions

Source: Strongsville Post Author: Terry Brlas COLUMBUS – Two state legislators who represent citizens of the region were recently sworn into positions of leadership during ceremonies at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Members of the Ohio Senate unanimously re-elected State Sen. Thomas Patton (R-Strongsville) to serve as Senate Majority Floor Leader for a third term […]

Royal View Elementary celebrates 50th anniversary with student assembly

Source: Sun Star Courier Author: Charlene Paparizos On December 5, Royal View Elementary celebrated its 50th anniversary with an all-school assembly and a special presentation by Ohio House District 7 Representative Mike Dovilla. To begin, Abbey Studor, the school’s music teacher, led the students in “America the Beautiful” and the Pledge of Allegiance. Kirk Pavelich, […]

Online checkbook allows taxpayers to track state spending

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer Author: Jackie Borchardt COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio treasurer’s office on Tuesday made more than $408 billion in state expenditures publicly available online at The new database contains more than 112 million transactions by state agencies and boards over the past seven years, through June 2014. Expenditures can be searched […]

Want to know how the state is spending money? You can find it online now

Source: Columbus Dispatch Author: Alan Johnson For the first time ever, state spending for the past seven years — $408 billion of it — is available online at a new database, The online checkbook was set up by state Treasurer Josh Mandel, who says it pushes ahead to the front of the pack nationally […]

Crain’s editorial: Open wide

Source: Crain’s Cleveland Business With the book closed on the midterm elections, the Ohio Senate can now turn its attention to a worthy piece of legislation that would open the state’s books to Ohio taxpayers. The “Open Ohio” bill, officially known as House Bill 175, would open the state’s checkbook, making Ohio’s finances easily available, […]

Open door to information

Source: Columbus Dispatch Ohio lawmakers, pressed to prioritize matters as this session nears its end, this week picked up work on a package of bills that would promote transparent and thrifty government. The Senate should stay the course and pass House Bill 175, called “Open Ohio,” and Substitute House Bill 324, the DataOhio Initiative. Both […]

Dovilla elected majority whip

Source: Strongsville Post Author: Terry Brlas State Rep. Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) was elected by his fellow Republican legislators in the Ohio House of Representatives to serve as majority whip during the upcoming 131st General Assembly. “I am honored to have been elected by my colleagues to serve as a member of the House leadership team […]

Northeast Ohio lawmakers chosen for leadership posts in state House, Senate

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer Author: Robert Higgs COLUMBUS, Ohio — The top leaders from the Ohio House and Senate next session are from western and southwestern Ohio, but several lawmakers from Northeast Ohio were elected to leadership positions Wednesday in their Republican caucuses. On the House side, Speaker-elect Cliff Rosenberger’s leadership team will include: Rep. […]

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