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MORPC Public and Government Affairs Director Offers Testimony to Ohio Senate Committee

October 13, 2015

MORPC has a long history of developing and supporting innovative approaches that help local governments share services.

As legislation makes its way through the Statehouse on a statewide shared services program, MORPC’s Director of Public and Government Affairs, Laura Koprowski, is speaking about the importance of the ShareOhio program and the many benefits it provides to local governments. 

At a recent Statehouse hearing of the Senate State Government and Oversight Reform Committee, Koprowski offered testimony in support of House Bill 5 (HB 5).

HB 5, introduced by Rep. Stephanie Kunze (R-Hillard) and Rep. Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield), would authorize the Auditor’s Office to establish a Shared Equipment Service Agreement Program in which state agencies and political subdivisions can enter into agreements to share heavy equipment.

The legislation would also authorize the Auditor of State to conduct business case studies with the goal of increasing efficiency in local offices and state agencies. In conducting the case studies, the Auditor would be authorized to provide a grant to local governments to cover the cost of the study The Auditor would be required to consult local entities before the study is conducted and, following the conclusion of the study, to hold a public hearing to announce the findings.

“MORPC supports HB 5 because it enhances the ShareOhio program,” Koprowski said. “We believe that providing additional tools will increase local government collaboration and reduce costs.”

In her role as Public & Government Affairs Director, Koprowski is responsible for creating and executing communications, marketing and advocacy strategies to promote MORPC and its mission. She oversees MORPC’s policy agenda and objectives, and develops effective methods to enhance the organizations visibility and image among internal and external stakeholders, including MORPC membership, the media, policymakers and the public at large.

HB 5 passed unanimously out of the House in April and currently resides in the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee.