COLUMBUS—This week, Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof named Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) to serve on the Senate's influential Standing Committee on Rules and Reference for the 132nd Ohio General Assembly. 

"I look forward to working alongside my colleagues on this committee to ensure that each piece of legislation is thoroughly vetted and serves to improve the quality of life for all Ohioans," said Senator Manning. 

The Rules and Reference Committee plays a key role in setting the legislative agenda for the Ohio Senate. The committee is tasked with assigning legislation to the Senate's various subject matter committees. Once a bill is favorably reported by a subject matter committee, the Rules and Reference Committee then determines if and when the bill is brought up for consideration by the full Senate.

"I value the input of each member of the Senate's Rules and Reference Committee as we work to ensure that every issue brought before us receives the most thoughtful consideration possible," said President Obhof, who will chair the committee.  

Members of the Ohio Senate Majority Caucus appointed to the Senate Standing Committee on Rules and Reference today include:

  • Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina), Chair
  • Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House), Vice Chair
  • Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green)
  • Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville)
  • Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton)
  • Senator Dave Burke (R-Marysville)
  • Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township)
  • Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township)
  • Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay)
  • Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima)

This week, the Senate also announced a new plan to expand televised coverage of Senate standing committees. The Ohio Channel, a service of Ohio’s public broadcasting stations, currently provides coverage of the Senate’s full legislative sessions in addition to meetings of the Senate Finance Committee, which presides over the hearing process for the biennial state budget. 

The new plan will allow for coverage of up to three additional standing committees as determined by the Senate President.

“This change helps to increase government transparency and improve access for Ohioans wherever they are, and I’m pleased that constituents of the 13th district will have more opportunities to participate in what we are doing at the Statehouse,” added Manning.

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