130th Ohio General Assembly
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H. B. No. 521  As Introduced
As Introduced

127th General Assembly
Regular Session
2007-2008
H. B. No. 521


Representatives Wolpert, Flowers 

Cosponsors: Representatives McGregor, J., DeWine, Hughes, Stebelton, Webster 



A BILL
To create the Ohio Commission on Local Government Reform and Collaboration to develop recommendations on reforming and restructuring local government in Ohio.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. (A) The Ohio Commission on Local Government Reform and Collaboration shall develop recommendations on reforming and restructuring local government in this state to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of local government operations and to achieve cost savings for taxpayers. In developing the recommendations, the commission shall consider, but is not limited to, the following:
(1) The consolidation or elimination of local government offices to achieve efficiencies and cost savings for taxpayers;
(2) The consolidation of local government authorities authorized by the constitution or the laws of this state to levy a tax of any kind and of local government units, including schools and libraries, to reduce overhead and administrative expenses;
(3) The reduction, elimination, or reorganization of services or functions of local government to achieve cost savings for taxpayers; and
(4) The constitutional, statutory, and administrative changes necessary to reform and restructure local government to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of local government operations and to achieve costs savings for taxpayers.
(B) There is hereby created the Ohio Commission on Local Government Reform and Collaboration, consisting of nine voting members. The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives each shall appoint three members and the Governor shall appoint three members. The initial appointments shall be made not later than sixty days after the effective date of this section. Vacancies shall be filled in the manner provided for original appointments. Members are not entitled to compensation for their services.
(C) The initial meeting of the commission shall be called by the Governor within forty-five days after the initial appointments made under division (B) of this section are complete. The commission shall elect two of its members to serve as co-chairpersons of the commission.
(D) The commission shall issue a report of its findings and recommendations to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Governor not later than July 1, 2010. The commission ceases to exist upon submitting its report.
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