The Ohio Senate Wednesday passed a surprise amendment to expand the state auditor’s power to investigate the workings of the state's semi-private entity JobsOhio.
Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.
The original bill creates a crowdfunding platform for entrepreneurs to seek investors from around the state. And the JobsOhio audit language that was tacked onto it barely got a reference on the floor from Republican Senator Frank LaRose of Hudson.
“An amendment was added that pertains to the auditing of JobsOhio.”
The amendment gives the state auditor more of a role in the scope and review of performance audits of JobsOhio by private firms. Auditor Dave Yost has long wanted more authority over those reviews, but JobsOhio has been exempted from public records law. Republican Senate President Larry Obhof says his chamber is supportive of increased transparency for JobsOhio, which is objecting to the change. The House will now consider it.