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Rogers February Newsletter 2013

Rogers February Newsletter 2013

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Dear Constituents,
I am truly honored and humbled by this privilege to serve as your State Representative.I look forward to listening and learning from you and others over the upcoming months.There is no doubt many challenges loom ahead as we begin this new General Assembly,but I am excited about the opportunities that are sure to present themselves.It is important that we remain mindful of the variety of critical issues facing our state.Our local governments must have the necessary resources to provide effective andefficient services while keeping our communities safe and providing great surroundingsin which to live and work. We must focus on ways of strengthening our schools toensure that our teachers have the assets they need to help our children succeed. Wealso need to support the business community and promote initiatives for job creationthat prioritize small businesses. After all, it is the small business owner who is at theheart of economic growth in our state. These issues are all of vital importance and arebut a few on the horizon.While successfully addressing these matters may not always be easy, and undoubtedlywill at times involve disagreement, a genuine bi-
partisan effort with our constituents’ 
interests at heart is the approach I intend to take in representing your interests andhelping to move Ohio forward.
As Ohio’s General Assembly addresses the challenges that face all of us, I hope to hear
from you as my role is to represent all of my constituents. We all want to build a better
community to enjoy a brighter future and create a stronger Ohio. Ohio’s citizens have,
over the years, shown themselves to be a resilient group. We have always found waysto persevere through hard work and our commitment to service. Most of all, we havedone so with a willingness to compromise. The sharing of ideas is often the first step toachieving practical, common-sense solutions.Please always feel free to contact our office by phone (614) 466-7251 or toll free 1-800-282-0253. You may also reach us by email at Rep60@ohiohouse.govRespectfully,
John M. Rogers
State Representative
Ohio’s 60th House District
Columbus Office
60th District77 South High Street10th FloorColumbus, Ohio 43215Phone: (614) 466-7251Toll-free: (800) 282-0253Fax: (614) 719-3962Or E-mail At:
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February 2013State Rep. John M. RogersPage 2
Contacting Representative John M. Rogers
Via Electronic Mail (E-Mail)
 To contact the office via e-mail, please use the following address:
Via Postal Mail(Columbus Office)
Hon. John RogersState Representative, 60th DistrictOhio House of Representatives77 South High Street, 10th FloorColumbus, OH 43215
You have several options if you would like to contact Representative Rogers. We welcome your thoughts andsuggestions and will do everything we can to help you. We also welcome invitations to speak to your group ororganization.
Via Telephone (Columbus Office)
Direct Phone
(614) 466-7251
Toll-Free Messaging System
:(800) 282-0253
Important State Contact Information
Ohio House of Representatives
Legislative Information 800-282-0253
Insurance, Department of 
Consumer Hotline 800-686-1526Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program800-686-1578
Jobs and Family Services, Department of 
Veteran Services Division 800-253-4060Unemployment Compensation Hotline 877-644-6562
Motor Vehicles, Bureau of 
General Information 800-589-TAGS
Public Safety, Department of 
Highway Patrol 877-7-PATROLState Highway Patrol DUI Hotline 800-GRAB-DUI
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
General Information 800-686-PUCO
Taxation, Department of 
Form Requests 800-282-1782Individual Taxpayer Assistance 800-282-1780
Aging, Department of 
Golden Buckeye Card 866-301-6446Ombudsman/Elder Rights Unit 800-282-1206
Save these numbers for future reference
July 2012
February 2013
State Rep. John M. RogersPage 3
 Watching The Money
  An overview of the State Controlling Board and the oversight of government spending 
 “Government spending” is perhaps one of the most
dominant subjects in recent American political dis-course. Candidates, as well as officeholders, hotly de-bate the appropriate levels of government spending,but soon after rhetoric subsides the real work of gov-ernment expenditures begin.Although state appropriations, or government expendi-tures, are proposedthrough legislation, theact of spending moneymust face further scruti-
ny in Ohio. It’s not as
easy as writing a check.The legislature maintainsa degree of oversight onalmost all appropriationsthrough a committee-style process called theState Controlling Board.The board is currentlycomprised of four Re-publican members of theGeneral Assembly andtwo Democrats. With themost expensive state bi-ennial budget in history being championed by Republi-cans this session (about $55 billion), there is no doubtControlling Board members have their work cut out forthem.
History and Context
The Controlling Board was first created in the GeneralAppropriations Act of 1917. Until 1969, the Board con-sisted of the governor, the attorney general, the audi-tor and the chairpersons of the Ohio House and SenateFinance Committees.In 1969, the composition of the Board was altered al-most to its present form with seven members. Thegovernor was referenced as the chairman, although thelaw allowed the Director of Finance or an employee of the Department of Finance appointed by the governorto preside over the Board. The Department of Financewas the predecessor to the current Office of Budgetand Management. In addition, the two finance commit-tee chairpersons as well as one majority and one mi-nority member from each legislative chamber appoint-ed by the leader of each chamber made up the mem-bership of the Board.In 1975, the 111th General Assembly established theBoard in statute. It was at this time that the Director of Finance or his or her designee was specified as Presi-dent of the Board.
Authority andResponsibility
Over its history, the Boardhas been viewed as a con-venient way to exercise leg-islative oversight of execu-tive actions. Thus the pow-ers of the Board have beenexpanded into areas beyondthose contained in theBoard's original authoriza-tion. Recent history demon-strates that the Board's au-thority often is expanded asa reaction to the legisla-ture's perceptions of inap-propriate behavior on thepart of the executive branch.The Controlling Board authority was made to include allleases above a certain threshold dollar value made bystate government. This change was made in reaction tothe scandal at the time surrounding perceived politicalfavoritism in the awarding of telecommunication equip-ment lease/purchases.The Board is required by Section 127.13 of the RevisedCode to meet at least once a month, and generally,meetings are held every other Monday throughout theyear. The schedule of meeting dates is published eachOctober for the next calendar year and is availablefrom the Controlling Board Office. The President mayschedule emergency meetings to address issues need-ing immediate attention.You can find out the most up to date information onControlling Board activity by visiting:

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