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Rep. Kelly's Proposals to Allow for Virtual House Committees, Sessions Voted Down

Says Ohio House Blatantly Ignores Health of Legislators, Staff, and the Public
December 17, 2020
Democratic Newsroom

COLUMBUS- State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) introduced two House Resolutions to allow House committees and/or session to be conducted virtually amid worsening conditions of the coronavirus pandemic as “Lame Duck” session occurs in the Legislature.

“We cannot continue to force people to choose between their health and participating in their government. We must operate transparently, inclusively, and in a way that can keep people healthy and safe, BUT still allows them to take part in the legislative process,” wrote Rep. Kelly.

Earlier this year, state lawmakers passed House Bill 197, which included provisions allowing public bodies to meet remotely. Rep. Kelly’s proposal would extend that same option to the Ohio House

At least 25 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and the Virgin Islands have changed their procedures to allow for remote participation or voting since the onset of the pandemic in March.

Rep. Kelly stated that she intends to offer the same resolutions in the next General Assembly.