Thursday, June 23, 2011

St. Reps. Burke and Grossman Applaud Passage of Sunset Review Legislation

COLUMBUS—In an effort to streamline state spending and save tax dollars, the Ohio House of Representatives today passed Senate Bill 171 to implement the recommendations of the Sunset Review Committee by terminating, transferring or renewing various boards, commissions or committees.
The Sunset Review Committee, after a two-year review of more than 275 such boards and commissions, has recommended the termination of more than 80 commissions based on criteria including cost effectiveness, transparency and redundancy.
“Implementing the recommendations of the Sunset Review Committee will save the state considerable dollars and help to make our state government more cost-effective,” said State Rep. Dave Burke (R-Marysville), who jointly sponsored the House companion legislation—House Bill 264—with Assistant Majority Whip Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City). “Senate Bill 171 and House Bill 264 are both good bills that accomplish the goal of improving the way our state does business.”
“The Legislature’s swift action on this bill shows our commitment to improving the economy and reducing government waste,” said Rep. Grossman. “I’m pleased that we took advantage of this opportunity to reexamine our state spending and ensure that we are always striving to be more efficient for the taxpayers.”
Senate Bill 171 passed from the House with wide bipartisan support. Having passed consideration by both the House and Senate, it will now move to Governor Kasich for his signature.