Created on Friday, 22 March 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio House Democrats failed in their attempt to force leaders of JobsOhio to appear before a state legislative panel amid questions over the nonprofit's spending.
State Reps. John Carney and Denise Driehaus wanted to the nonprofit's leaders to appear before the House Finance Committee to describe the entity's budgetary relationship with two state agencies — the Development Services Agency and Ohio Department of Commerce.
Their request was rejected Thursday by the committee's Republican chairman, who said Driehaus' motion to subpoena JobsOhio was out of order. Democrats on the budget-writing panel objected to the chairman's ruling, resulting in a party-line vote to deny the motion.
JobsOhio complied Tuesday with a state auditor's order to turn over its private financial records, and then it returned $1 million in taxpayer startup money.