To say that I am annoyed with 3 of 4 Democrats on the Senate Finance committee for voting for JobsOhio is an understatement. But I am going to take a deep breath and avoid a long rant on the topic right now.

Instead I’ll answer this quick question: What did we get in exchange for some Democratic votes on JobsOhio?

Here’s a list of the most recent changes to Senate Bill that were approved in committee this morning:

• Reports must be filed with the Controlling Board every six months on how funds are used

• Public and private funds can not be commingled

• The JobOhio board must establish a record retention policy and present this policy at an open quarterly meeting

• The JobsOhio board must define its own set of stardards of conduct

• At least 6 appointees must come from Ohio. All 8 may come from Ohio.

• Contracts for loans, grants, tax credits and incentive awards will be enforced by the Department of Development meaning they are subject to approval by the Controlling Board.

• Financial disclosure forms filed by employees of JobsOhio will be kept confidential.

• The JobsOhio CIO and anyone with authority will be required to file financial disclosure forms.

• JobsOhio employees can seek advisory opinions from the Ohio Ethics Commission

• JobsOhio is still exempted from Public Records laws but minutes of open meetings must be made public and a notice of the open meetings must be public.

• To avoid questions about constitutionality, JobsOhio cannot create an obligation or responsibility of the state.

• Legislators and legislative staff can not receive compensation to lobby JobsOhio

Other changes:

• The Senate version allows JobsOhio to indemnify its Board, officers, and
employees to the fullest extent permitted by law from liability and permits
procurement of liability insurance for that purpose.

• JobsOhio employees and officers are exempt from the “public servant” definition in the criminal code section 2921.

• The Senate version applies the “bribery” offense to those seeking to bribe
JobsOhio employees.

There remain so many problems with the bill that another post is in order, but we wanted to get a summary posted before the bill went to the full Senate later today.

You have to wonder why the Democrats were so desperate to accept the little bones they were thrown to vote for this and provide essential cover to Republicans in getting this passed. We also hear House Democrats are eager to find a way to vote for it when it is up for concurrence. We’ll be back with a lot more, including advice to House Ds leaning in that direction.

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