When political campaign seasons roll around, it becomes all the more essential that a public official’s conduct is being carried out in the most ethical and accountable of ways. Throughout my time serving as state representative, I have made an effort to show as much transparency as possible, and also let everyone back in the district know what is going on in Columbus. That’s why I write a column on a weekly basis to keep you informed.
The legislation, which was signed into law in June, imposes a criminal penalty for this kind of activity, making it a first-degree misdemeanor. This also makes the penalty similar to other campaign finance law violations, further protecting the public from such an inappropriate use of public money. While the law already prevented the use of tax dollars for political purposes, there was no criminal penalty.
The law was also created through a piece of legislation that Republicans and Democrats were able to come together on. There’s no doubt that it’s a significant issue, and members on both sides of the aisle must keep a watchful eye.
I cannot stress enough how essential it is for legislators to keep those they represent at the forefront of their thoughts and actions. This includes protecting taxpayer dollars, and I’m proud that we have accomplished that through House Bill 326.