Ohio House to give more public notice before debating bills

From The Plain Dealer Ohioans who want to know what's up for debate in the Ohio House should be able find out a day in advance during the two-year legislative session that began last week.

Rules adopted by state representatives on Wednesday require the House to publicly release a list of bills scheduled for House floor debate 24 hours in advance. In the last General Assembly, that list sometimes wasn't released until just minutes before the floor session began.

The House shortened the rule requiring notice for when session and committees are held from five days to 24 hours -- committees rarely followed the five-day rule.

"It's been my goal from the beginning to encourage a more open government and a more streamlined and modern governmental process, and I'm looking forward to witnessing how these rules will work to ensure that," House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, a Clarksville Republican, said in a statement.

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