>Rep. Richard Adams Votes in Support of Economic Development Effort

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JobsOhio passes from Ohio House; advances to Ohio Senate
State Representative Richard Adams announced that Am. Sub. House Bill 1, which creates a non-profit economic development organization called JobsOhio, today passed from the Ohio House of Representatives by a vote of 59-37. Its passage marks a crucial step toward fostering a more responsive business climate in the state of Ohio.

“With this legislation passing in the House, Ohioans are closer to having more jobs available,” Rep. Adams said. “This legislation, when it becomes law, will reopen Ohio for business!”

Am. Sub. House Bill 1 authorizes the creation of the nine-member board, with the governor as chairman and eight business leaders who understand the private sector. Six members must be Ohio residents, leaving room for two members with a national business perspective.

The legislation also calls for a six-month review of the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD), which is a $1.2 billion state entity with approximately 400 employees—only about 15 percent of whom directly assist job creation. According to the bill, the director of ODOD is obligated to evaluate all duties within the department and submit recommendations to improve the department’s efficiency to the General Assembly.

Am. Sub. House Bill 1 now moves to the Ohio Senate, where it will undergo further consideration and debate.

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