COLUMBUS—State Senator Dave Burke (R-Marysville) announced the passage of legislation on Wednesday in the Ohio Senate modernizing and consolidating three duplicative bodies into the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Council.

"This ensures that Ohioans living with disabilities have the strongest possible voice while capitalizing on opportunities for greater efficiency in bringing these three entities together for a unified purpose," said Burke. 

The new consolidated council will advise and assist state programs and services for aiding persons with disabilities to find and maintain employment. Replacing the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Commission, the Consumer Advisory Committee, and the Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities, the legislation establishes a 15-member council comprised of persons with disabilities as well as disability advocates. 

Initial appointments to the council must be made by the governor, and permits subsequent appointment authority to be delegated to the Executive Director of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). 

In other business, the Senate also approved Senate Bill 71 this week, empowering county mental health boards to more efficiently respond to the needs of the communities they serve. The bill would permit a board to allow the director to enter into limited contracts prior to formal board approval.

Both Senate Bill 144 and Senate Bill 71 will now go to the House of Representatives for further consideration. 
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