HOUSE BILL 175 makes a lot of sense in Ohio.
The legislation would create a state government database on the Internet. Should it come to fruition, it would track expenditures by state government.
Josh Mandel is the Buckeye State's treasurer. He is a staunch supporter of House Bill 175. If the chief financial officer in the state is in favor of such legislation, it must be worthwhile.
Rep. Mike Dovilla, R-Berea, is the sponsor of the bill. It is one that has drawn support from both sides of the aisle.
If enacted, the database would let taxpayers know how and where their money is being spent. That alone is reason for passage of the legislation.
Moreover, House Bill 175 would require Mandel's office to make the state's checkbook available online. Thus, Ohioans would be privy to the state's expenses.
The bill forces the state's government to be more accountable by making vital information readily available to Ohioans.
With such a system in place, government operations become more efficient. Frivolous spending and possible cases of fraud become exposed, greatly reducing the risk of re-occurrence.
One added bonus to House Bill 175 is that Mandel believes such a program can successfully be implemented without any additional costs.
Legislation that can produce a more transparent and cost-effective government is legislation that needs to be put into motion.