Yesterday Modern posted something that you may have missed but I thought was worth repeating:
The Democrats have requested that the persons behind the D.A.S. study I dissected earlier today be asked to testify to the committee. For “some odd reason” the GOP is happy to recite the “analysis” but are unwilling to permit any public questioning about it. Nor is the Senate majority apparently willing to allow for any testimony on what could essentially be a totally new bill after amendments are passed.
Let me clarify:
The Republicans in the Senate are refusing to allow anyone from DAS to be questioned on the so-called “analysis” that claims SB5 would save the state $1.3 Billion.
We’ve already shown this report to be seriously flawed – which explains why they secretly released it only to their friends at the Dispatch for the Saturday edition and are now not allowing any testimony on it.
I also took the initiative and made a records request for the document myself (which I received on Monday morning) and for the names of the individuals who worked on the document. To be fair, I was given the name of the classified employee at the Office of Collective Bargaining who supposedly authored the report.
But when I asked him for the names of anyone who provided information for the report, and the names of anyone who suggested what should (or should not) go into it, I was sent back to the Department’s lawyer who informed me that these names were never actually included in any document and “Under Ohio Public Records law, we are not required to create a document that doesn’t already exist.”
While this is absolutely a true statement – they don’t legally have to provide answers to my questions if they aren’t contained in a document – it just makes the report seem even less credible (not that we really needed any more proof).
It also turns out that the other part of Modern’s statement is true as well. I just heard from a source in the Senate that they won’t be allowing any testimony on the new version of the bill before they hold the committee vote.
Democracy at work, my friends. Democracy at work.