Senate District 33
Michael A. Rulli
 
 
 
 
 
Senator Rulli Introduces Legislation to Improve Efficiency & Transparency in Local Elections
Highlights the Annual Celebration of Sunshine Week to Improve Access of Public Information
March 13, 2019
COLUMBUS—State Senator Michael Rulli (R-Salem) today introduced legislation that will ensure greater transparency and promote better efficiency in local elections by allowing local candidates to file campaign finance reports electronically.

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.

“Ohio voters deserve to know who is contributing to all of their elected officials, and this bill is going to go a long way to provide the tools to make that happen,” said Senator Rulli. "Additionally, 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."

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.

The bill is being introduced during Sunshine Week, which is marked by panel discussions, workshops and other events about using and understanding public records law. For the most up-to-date information on Ohio's Sunshine Laws, click here.

"There is no more appropriate time to introduce this legislation than Sunshine Week, the national celebration of government accountability and making more information available to the public," added Rulli. "This bill is an important step to offer the same resources at the local level that have been used for decades by our state officials."

A similar bill introduced last General Assembly by former Senator, now Secretary LaRose, received bipartisan support, unanimous passage by both the Ohio Senate and the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee.

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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