LaRose Bill Provides Transparency to Agency Fines Process, Removes Insidious Motive for Enforcement

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COLUMBUS—State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) recently introduced Senate Bill 321 to bring transparency and accountability to state agencies who collect fines and penalties from Ohio businesses and citizens.

“Ohio has made good process to become more attractive to job creators since I began serving in 2011,” said LaRose. “Reducing regulatory red tape has in part helped private industries create over 530,200 new jobs in the past eight years. This bill is the next important step in continuing that momentum.”

This legislation would require that all fine revenues paid to state agencies be deposited into the state’s general revenue fund. Doing so will eliminate the perverse incentive that an agency might unduly collect fees from Ohio’s job creators to fill its’ coffers without legislative oversight.

In 2008, under Governor Strickland, a bipartisan regulatory reform task force was created to examine how the state could continue to grow its business opportunities and create jobs for Ohioans. One of the recommendations the committee made was to explore the idea of all fine revenue going into the general revenue fund instead of staying with the agency which imposed the fine.

“A bipartisan task force recommended that Ohio make this change ten years ago. Now is the time to take the next step in making Ohio the easiest and most transparent place to start a business and create jobs,” LaRose added.

Senate Bill 321 will now be referred to a committee for further consideration.

From a press release originally posted on OhioSenate.gov/LaRose

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