Some Democratic lawmakers want answers from Republican Gov. John Kasich.
A group of Democratic state representatives has put forth a bill that would require Kasich — and every governor after him — to come before the Ohio House of Representatives 10 times per year for 45-minute question and answer sessions where the governor would have to take at least five questions from each side of the aisle.
Cincinnati Democratic Rep. Denise Driehaus is one of the bill’s co-sponsors. She said Rep. Mike Foley (D-Cleveland) had the idea while visiting Canada, where their parliament has a similar procedure.
“I think it’s a great idea where the governor interacts with the legislature and we have the opportunity to question him and really engage on some of the issues and get his opinion on things,” Driehaus says.
She said the Legislature doesn’t currently have a whole lot of opportunity to interact with the governor, except for the State of the State address, but even then they can’t really engage Ohio’s chief executive.
The Ohio Democratic Party has recently filed suit against Kasich for what it says is a failure to comply with open records laws for redacting parts of his public schedules when responding to a public records request.The ODP has called Kasich opaque and secretive for failing to respond or only partially responding to records requests.
Driehaus said the bill isn’t meant to apply only to Kasich, but would apply to every governor after him.
She said she didn’t think it was in reaction to her party’s spat with the governor. “This is much broader and much more forward thinking than that,” Driehaus says.