COLUMBUS—State Senator Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander) applauded the passage of legislation today in the Ohio Senate that would eliminate 13 obsolete state boards and commissions, if the governor chooses to sign the bill into law.

Senator Jordan, who serves as Chair of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on General Government Oversight and Agency Review, touted the passage of House Bill 31 as a step in the right direction to eliminate defunct governing bodies. 

During the 131st Ohio General Assembly, Jordan served as Chair of the Joint Sunset Review Committee, charged with providing recommendations to the legislature for the dissolution and consolidation of unnecessary state boards and commissions. 

"Often created with limited scopes and tentative expiration dates, bureaucrats in Columbus have a keen ability to keep these programs on life support well beyond their prescribed period of existence," said Jordan. "Regardless of how well-intentioned, the continuance of boards and commissions beyond their original life span should be scrupulously vetted."

In 2016, Senator Jordan sponsored legislation with former Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina), which was later vetoed by Governor Kasich, that would have required all state agencies to be reviewed biennially. The measure sought to encourage routine discussions on the value of state agencies for Ohioans and the taxpayers who cover their costs.
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