Late last week, the House of Representatives concurred on the Senate's technical amendment to HB 381 (Rep. Shawn Webster, R - Hamilton), sending it to the Governor for his signature on Monday. The bill would increase the amount of funds appropriated to the Ohio Research Scholars program created within HB 119, the most recent Operating Budget. In addition, the bill would legislatively permit independent colleges to submit a proposal for inclusion into the research program so long as it is in collaboration with a state college or university. Gov. Strickland is likely to sign the bill shortly.
We commend the sponsor, Rep. Webster, and Chancellor Fingerhut and his staff for their work on this legislation; our institutions are look forward to participating in the program and future advancement programs as well.
—Dustin A. Holfinger