Senate Leaders: Live Coverage of All Ohio Senate Committee Hearings Begins This Week
January 15, 2020
Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) and Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) today reminded Ohioans that broadcast coverage of all of the Ohio Senate’s standing committees begins this week.
Beginning with the Senate’s Higher Education standing committee this Thursday at 11 a.m. EST, all Senate committee hearings will be broadcast live by the Ohio Channel on Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS) around the state. They will also be streamed live on OhioChannel.org, providing every Ohio citizen the opportunity to witness their state government in action.
“We believe in increasing access to your elected officials and providing transparency to state government proceedings, and live coverage of our committees is another way for us to bring the Statehouse to the people,” said Obhof. “Leader Yuko and I encourage every Ohioan to connect with your state senator and follow the issues and debates important to you and your families.”
“Starting this week, Statehouse activities will be more accessible to Ohioans than ever,” said Yuko. “President Obhof and I want people to engage in their state government and be a part of the process. We encourage citizens to visit OhioChannel.org and get involved.”
Each week on the home page of OhioSenate.gov, the Senate publishes its committee schedule including the dates and times of the hearings and an agenda of the bills being heard in each committee. Information on all Senate committees, the state senators who serve on them, as well as the bill testimony provided by Ohioans who are testifying, can be found online at OhioSenate.gov/committees.
Senators conduct much of their in-depth examination of legislation during these hearings. Following a bill’s introduction, it is assigned to one of the Senate’s standing committees, at which time members of the public can provide testimony in support of or in opposition to the bill.
In addition to the live coverage, Senate sessions and committee hearings are archived digitally on OhioChannel.org for members of the public to access. The Ohio Channel, a service of Ohio’s public broadcasting stations, began providing live coverage of the Senate’s full legislative sessions in 1996, and in early 2017, several Senate committees were the first legislative committees to be broadcast in Ohio.