Senate District 33
Michael A. Rulli
 
 
 
 
Senate Passes Bill to Improve Efficiency & Transparency of Local Elections
May 9, 2019

COLUMBUS—State Senator Michael Rulli (R-Salem) this week announced the Senate passage of legislation that will allow for greater transparency and improve efficiency in local elections by permitting local candidates to file campaign finance reports electronically.

"It was an honor to join my Senate colleagues in voting to ensure Ohioans know who is contributing to all of their elected officials," said Rulli, sponsor of Senate Bill 107. "Streamlining the process by allowing electronic filing and posting in the centralized database will swing the doors wide open for the transparency of our local elections."

In 1999, the General Assembly passed a law directing the Secretary of State to create an online campaign finance reporting system for candidates and campaign committees that file with that office. The online campaign finance database is publicly available and provides information that is easy to search, download and analyze. However, the same technology has not been available to local boards of elections to make their own process more efficient and transparent.

Senate Bill 107 will remove the paper-only filing requirements for individuals who file with local boards of elections. It also requires the Secretary of State to make the information in those electronic statements available online.

All of the information would then be maintained in one central database and save Ohioans the trouble of searching for state and local campaign finance data in two different places. The goal is to streamline filing requirements for all candidates, and eliminate the actual paper trail while boosting transparency.

For more information on the details of the legislation, please contact Senator Rulli's Office at (614) 466-8285 or send an email to Rulli@OhioSenate.gov.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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